FGASA 10 Week (70 Days) Apprentice Field Guide Skills Program

This 10 Week Apprentice Field Guide course is the foundation of our Career Focus courses.

This 10-week course focuses on coaching and developing you the learner with the necessary guiding skills to be competent to enter the guiding industry at an introductory level. Each week focuses on a specific set of outcomes and subjects which are evaluated at the end of each week.

Our approach to this 10-week FGASA  Apprentice Field Guide section is outcome-based and focuses on practical and interpretive guiding skills. The Ulovane team believes, that by empowering you with the knowledge above and beyond the field guide syllabus it gives you the learner the added confidence necessary to enter the guiding industry.

The following subjects will be covered during the FGASA Apprentice Field Guide, 10-week course:

  •  An Introduction to the eco-tourism industry
  • Creating a Guided experience
  • Field Guiding as a career
  • Astronomy
  • Geology
  • Climatology
  • Biomes
  • Taxonomy
  • Ecology
  • Grasses and Trees
  • Arthropods
  • Amphibians
  • Reptiles
  • Fish
  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Historical Human Habitation
  • Conservation Management

There are weekly exams, in which each week’s modules are covered in these exams, the exam takes place on a Sunday morning. These exams ensure that you are on track to write the national FGASA exam at the end of week 10. Sunday afternoon will be your own time for Sunday Funday.

In addition to the FGASA Apprentice Field Guide curriculum Ulovane added the following modules to enhance the guiding skills of our learners and to prepare them thoroughly for the ecotourism industry:

 Vehicle skills and 4X4 Driving skills

 Tracking skills

 Wilderness First Aid Level 2 – Presented by Doug Lang from Medwise Safety

 Wild Flowers

 Interpretive skills

 Hospitality skills

 Presentation skills

 Photography skills

The learners will host real guests visiting the Reserve during their preparation and final practical game drive assessments. This gives the learners a real opportunity to make use of their newly gained knowledge and skills which are difficult to simulate with their peers.


The final two Weeks of the FGASA Apprentice Field Guide course includes a final practical, theoretical and interview assessment.

Qualification includes:

  • Apprentice Field Guide Skills Program (NQF2)
  • Wilderness Level Two First Aid Certificate

Also included:

  • Accommodation for the duration of the course
  • Conservation Fees
  • All meals for the duration of the course
  • Uniform provided
  • All FGASA Fees (assessment, exam, subscription, registration, moderation, manuals, workbooks, logbooks, prescribed literature, and certification) for the duration of the course
  • Formal and Practical Tuition for all the subjects
  • Arranging Work Experience Placement for you
  • Organising all your Necessary FGASA liaison on your behalf, for the duration of your course


  • 14 January – 21 March 2020
  • 06 April 2020 – 13 June 2020
  • 06 July – 12 September 2020
  • 28 September 2020 – 05 December 2020


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