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How to get qualified

How to get qualified


There are different criteria and requirements for the various certificates and qualifications you can attain through FGASA. 

FGASA QUALIFICATION PROCESS (applicable to all FGASA qualifications : Apprentice Field Guide, FGASA Field Guide (NQF4), Professional Field Guide and Trails Guide)

You will need to pass your theory examination (75% pass mark)

You will then need to do your practical assessment with a FGASA endorsed assessor

The FGASA certification process may take up to 3 weeks from the date that the practical assessment is received from the assessor. FGASA can only process an assessment once it has been received 

No certificates will be issued until such time as all the criteria have been met

You will be awarded the appropriate FGASA Certificate when:

  • All your required FGASA fees are fully paid up for the current year.
  • The FGASA office has proof that you have been declared competent in the theoretical and the practical assessments and this has been moderated.
  • You have submitted a copy of a valid (current) recognised First Aid certificate to the FGASA Johannesburg office. (Trackers do not need to have a First Aid certificate)


  1. Once an assessment is received and the member is declared competent, their achievements are then loaded on to the CATHSSETA database.
  2. If the member has submitted all the correct documentation (CATHSSETA/FGASA application form and certified ID) it will be sent to CATHSSETA so that they may issue a certificate. IF CATHSSETA do not receive these documents the member will not receive a CATHSSETA certificate.
  3. Please note that FGASA DOES NOT issue CATHSSETA certificates.
  4. CATHSSETA only print certificates 4 times a year – If achievements are loaded after a particular quarterly cut off date it can take another 4 months for CATHSSETA to issue a certificate number.

Please be advised that CATHSSETA certification is not an immediate process and may take a few months to receive a certificate. 

Please take note of the following information:

If you are going to be qualifying for FGASA Field Guide (NQF4) or your full Trails Guide you will need to complete a new CATHSSETA registration form.  This is the membership form available on our website or from the membership department.

When completing the form for these qualifications, you need only complete Section 6 & 7.  You will need to initial ALL 14 pages, and then send through the WHOLE application form including a certified copy of your ID.  The second last page (learner signature) also needs to be signed.

21 YEARS OF AGE TO OBTAIN A PrDp (Professional Driving permit) 

  • If a tourist guide is going to be transporting passengers (guests/visitors) in motor-vehicle s/he must be in possession of a valid PrDp.
  • The PrDp is valid for two years and thus needs to be renewed before expiry.
  • In order to attain a PrDp a guide has to be 21 years of age, thus if a learner qualifies and registers with National Department of Tourism and s/he is under the age of 21, the guided experiences conducted by such a guide can only be by means of walking, bicycle, canoe, horse, and any other means other than driving a motor-vehicle of any kind with people.
  • It is important that learners who are striving to be guides are aware that they cannot conduct guided experiences while driving a motor-vehicle until they have turned 21 years of age and then attain a PrDp licence.
  • It is important that all FGASA endorsed training providers make sure that any prospective learner (potential course attendee) is fully aware of the legal requirements pertaining to transporting people in a motor-vehicle for guiding purposes and that their age (if under 21) could prohibit them from employment if the job requirements include conducting guided experiences that involve driving a motor-vehicle.