The FGASA Advanced Rifle Handling Certificate is aimed at the nature guide who carries a rifle while operating in dangerous game areas, as a Back-up Trails Guide or a Trails Guide (Lead guide). The guide is responsible for the overall safety of the group and functions as either the back-up or the lead trails guide on walks in dangerous game areas.
The link between the FGASA Dangerous Game Qualifications and the FGASA Rifle Handling Certificates
The FGASA Rifle Handling Certificates although separate from the Back-up / Lead and Advanced Trails Guide qualifications is directly linked and both certificates expire on the date the ARH expires (every two years). Thus if your ARH competence has not been renewed it means that your Back-up, Trails or Advanced Trails Guide Certificate is not valid.
Guides who carry rifles:
Any guide who conducts walking trails in dangerous game areas and carries a rifle (most lodges in Big 5 areas require this) will have to have attained the relevant firearms proficiency unit standards and the FGASA Advanced Rifle Handling Certificate. Companies who require that the employed guides carry rifles to conduct walks in dangerous game areas must ensure that their guides have attained the FGASA Advanced Rifle Handling Certificates.
Companies who insist on their guides carrying rifles to conduct walks in dangerous game areas without having attained the FGASA Advanced Rifle Handling Certificate and/or renewing an expired certificate do so at their own risk without the support of the Association.