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Anybody can become a FGASA member but you must be able to communicate in English. For all Nature and Culture Guide membership registrations, you  need to be over the age of 18. This is in order to write the exams and be practically assessed.
Nature Enthusiast membership registrations are for non-guiding adults over the age of 18. Nature Ambassador and  Junior FGASA membership is for school learners including categories for both Primary and High school learners.
Certificates are issued on successful completion of workbooks.

Nature Guide Membership

Membership is for anybody who would like to:

  • Follow a career in Field Guiding
  • Gain a recognised Guiding Qualification
  • Support the development of Professional Field Guides
  • Gain a recognised Tracker qualification
  • Attain a Specialist Guiding Qualification
  • Register with Department of Tourism as a legal guide
  • Keep  track of qualifications and experience

Nature Enthusiast Membership

Nature Enthusiast  Membership is for any non-guiding person would like to:

  • Improve their knowledge of wildlife, conservation and culture
  • Gain recognition for acquired knowledge
  • Enjoy benefits and discounts with our retail partners
  • Verify and track their FGASA knowledge courses

Cultural Guide Membership

Cultural FGASA  Membership is for anybody that would like to:

  • Follow a career in Culture Guiding
  • Gain a recognised Culture Guiding Qualification
  • Support the development of Professional Field Guides
  • Register with Department of Tourism as a legal guide
  • Keep  track of qualifications and experience

Nature Ambassador Membership

FGASA  Nature Ambassador Membership is for any teenager  ( 13-17 years) that would like to:

  • Improve their knowledge of wildlife, conservation and culture from an early age
  • Connect with nature
  • Gain recognition for acquired knowledge
  • Enjoy benefits and discounts with our retail partners
  • Verify and track their FGASA knowledge courses

Once you turn 13 you may then move onto the Nature Ambassador category, here we explore all that you have covered before but more in depth, discovering more about the animals and the environments that we all live in. Again the workbooks and assignments are open book, so a mark of 85% needs to be obtained in order to pass. Once you have completed the Nature Ambassador certificate you may then apply for the specialist workbooks that are available for the Nature Ambassador.

Junior Membership

Junior FGASA  Membership is for any junior ( 8-12 years) that would like to:

  • Improve their knowledge of wildlife, conservation and culture from an early age
  • Connect with nature
  • Gain recognition for acquired knowledge
  • Enjoy benefits and discounts with our retail partners
  • Verify and track their FGASA knowledge courses

This is an introductory level for you, covering certain aspects of the Bushveld, River and Desert environments all combined in a beautiful book. Once the workbooks have been completed and a mark of 85% has been attained a certificate will be issued to you for these particular adventures. Once you have completed these workbooks you may apply for any of the Pangolin specialist workbooks available, birds, insects or reptiles. A certificate will be issued after each adventure has been completed. These are open book assignments with no deadlines so you may work at your own pace and really enjoy your adventures, learning as much as you can along the way.

Corporate Membership

Corporate Membership is for any lodge or tourism company who would like to:

  • Support the development of Professional Field Guides
  • Hire our highly qualified and trained legal Field guides
  • Enjoy benefits and discounts with our retail partners
  • Verify and track employed guides qualifications
  • Host special exam  sittings for in house guide training

Membership Benefits

Career:
Renown,  respected and accredited qualifications of an exceptional standard for career field guides.

Admin & legal support:
Admin support and tracking of verified academic qualification, assessments and logbooks system providing strong evidence of experience.

Assessments:
Practical assessments are conducted at a professional level by FGASA qualified assessors.

Nature courses:
Non guiding courses for children, teenagers and adults.

FGASA bookshop:
Members are entitled to buy books at discounted prices.

Stay up to date:
Members are kept informed by newsletters and social media platforms.

Learner support:
Professional and mentorship support available to all FGASA learners.

Job market:
Provide members with job market opportunities.

Retail partner discounts:
Members enjoy discounts on various retail products and services

Become a Member

Registration

To sign up for any FGASA course or qualification, you need to register as a member

All registrations are either done online or download the form below

  • The purpose of the online registration form is to collect information from you to register you as a member
  • All information is required for statistical and registration reasons
  • FGASA and CATHSSETA require this information
  • A once-off registration fee is payable when you join
  • An annual sub fee is payable every year on renewal
Become a member

Annual Membership FAQ’s

To register as a member or any FGASA qualification or course, you need to pay an annual sub fee.

You are then a member of the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa.

Registration fees are due for any NEW membership. This is a once-off fee.

Re-Registration if for any member that has not maintained his/her membership and wants to re-register.

Please register online, or log into your account to pay your fees. All fees and annual subs are payable online only or at one of our offices.

Please do not pay any money into our account WITHOUT an invoice.

First National Bank account details:

Branch code: 260 231
Account no: 6249 6791 346
SWIFT code: FIRNZAJJ (international payments only)
Ref: Invoice number

As soon as your registration and membership has been processed by the FGASA Johannesburg office you will receive your study material pack via the method you have chosen ie. Postnet or collection from one of our offices.

Membership Cards and Certificates are only issued once you have attained a FGASA qualification. You have to attain both theory and practical competence. The South African post office is no longer reliable for postage, and as such all post is sent either via postnet or worldwide couriers.

The postage fee for membership cards and certificates is not included in your membership fee.  You will therefore need to pay the relevant postnet or worldwide courier fee, and we will then send your membership card and/or certificate to your closest postnet, as advised by you.

Certificates and membership cards can also be kept at the FGASA office for collection, OR from the Hoedspruit and PE offices.

Download 2020 Membership Fees