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FGASA EXAMS

 

  • The pass mark for every FGASA exam is 75%.
  • You may only write the NQF2 Field guide theory exam three (3) times.  
  • If, after the third (3) attempt, you are still declared incompetent for your theory exam, then you will be allowed to sit one oral exam at the FGASA offices. 
  • If you are still found not yet competent after sitting for an oral exam (4th attempt), you will not be allowed to write any further exams with FGASA.
  • It is FGASA policy NOT to make old examination papers available.  The workbooks for each level are intended to give you an idea of what to expect in the exam.

 

Field Guide (NQF2)

  • The Field Guide (NQF2) theory exam is the first step towards obtaining your nature guiding qualification. 
  • The exam is 2.5 hours.
  • Out of 150 marks.

 

Advanced Field Guide (NQF4)

  • The Advanced Field Guide (NQF4) qualification requires 260 days of guiding experience, before you will be allowed to write the theory exam.  Of these days, 130 days can be logged as non-guiding activities, such as mentored guiding, anti-poaching, tracking, rhino monitoring, etc.
  • You will have to have your logbook filled in correctly and it must be signed off by a relevant FGASA official before you will be allowed to register for the theory exam.
  • The exam is 2.5 hours.
  • Out of 150 marks.

[in exceptional cases, if you have many years of experience, and are confident in your ability to pass the Advanced Field Guide (NQF4) exam without first undertaking the NQF2, then FGASA, upon reviewing your individual circumstances may consider RPL-ing you to allow you to do so].

 

Specialist Field Guide

  • The Specialist Field Guide qualification can only be written once you have your FULL Advanced Field Guide (NQF4) qualification (both theory and practical competence)
  • Your logbook must be filled in correctly with 520 days of guiding experience, before you will be allowed to write the theory exam. 
  • It needs to be signed off by a relevant FGASA official before you will be allowed to register for the theory exam.
  • The exam is 3 hours.
  • Out of 180 marks.

 

Trails Guide

  • Trails Guide theory (two sections – VPDA and Rifle handling) may only be written once you have obtained your NQF2 / NQF4 or Specialist Field Guide qualification. 
  • You need to obtain 75% for each section to pass. 
  • If you do not achieve 75% for one section e.g. rifle handling, then you only need to write that section again.
  • Only one theory exam is written for trails guide but two practicals are required as well as ARH.  (Please refer to the Qualifications section)
  • The exam is 2.5 hours.
  • VPDA is out of 120 marks 
  • Rifle Handling is out of 60 marks.

 

Marine Guide (NQF2)

  • The Marine Guide (NQF2) theory exam is the first step towards obtaining your marine guiding qualification. 
  • The exam is 2.5 hours.
  • Out of 150 marks.

 

Birding slide & Sound

  • Is a PowerPoint slide and sound assessment (exam) required for either regional/national birding or the birding section of the Specialist F/G qualification.   Can be done either at the FGASA office in Johannesburg, or with FGASA approved assessors.

 

SKS Birding

  • A written theory exam (only once you have a Specialist F/G qualification).
  • The exam is 3 hours.
  • Out of 150 marks.

 

SKS Wildflowers

  • A written theory exam (only once you have a Specialist F/G qualification).
  • The exam is 3 hours.
  • Out of 150 marks.

 

Specialist Astronomy Certificate

  • The Specialist Astronomy Certificate theory exam may only be written once you have obtained your NQF2 / NQF4 or Specialist Field Guide qualification. 
  • The exam is 3 hours.
  • Out of 150 marks.

 

Culture Guiding (NQF4)

  • The exam is 2.5 hours.
  • Out of 150 marks.