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FGASA NQF 2 Field Guide Course

Course Overview

The FGASA NQF 2 Field Guide Course Qualification is the most sought after qualification required by the guiding industry for employment. The FGASA FGASA NQF 2 Field Guide Course Course also contains the CATHSSETA Nature Site Guide qualification, which is the minimum requirement for guides to register as legal tourist guides in South Africa.

Beyond Southern Africa's borders, the higher standard of the FGASA qualification also enjoys recognition in many other countries on and off the African Continent. While we recommend the longer 1 year or 3 year courses for school leavers, the 10 week course is ideal for older students that have already got some relevant life and work experience.

The course is also ideal for Nature Conservation, Reserve Management , Zoology or Tourism Graduates that want to increase their employability.

Bhejane now also offer a new Combined Marine and Nature Guiding Course during which both the FGASA NQF 2 Field Guide Course and Marine Level 1 qualifications are trained. Please contact us to request the full course brochure.

If you are not a Water Baby, you can also choose to do the FGASA Field Guide and Trails Guide combination course (18 Weeks). This is shorter than the the full 1 Year programmes but still gives you the extra skills and training to increase your employability and ensure a good level of competence.

Duration Course Fees 2023/2024 Course Dates
9 weeks (Full Time) R75 500 5 Feb – 12 Apr 2024
5 Aug – 4 Oct 2024
18 Weeks if done in Combination with NQF 2 Field Guide (Nature & Marine Combined Course) R134 000 5 Feb - 7 Jun 2024
5 Aug – 6 Dec 2024
24 Weeks if done in Combination with NQF 2 Field Guide and Apprentice Trails Guide (Nature, Marine, Trails Combined Course R195 000 5 Feb – 9 Aug 2024

Please contact us to enquire about shorter options for experience only (not career orientated programmes) or assessment solutions for guides that need some practical assessment preparation, but cant attend a full course. e

Included in the Course Fee

  • Meals and Accommodation
  • Uniforms
  • FGASA training and assessment
  • First aid Training
  • Course Manuals

Excluded in the Course Fee

  • Meals on weekends and off days
  • Personal equipment (Binoculars etc)
  • Field Reference and Prescribed Books


Subject to successful completion of all modules.

  • Bhejane Level 1 Nature Guide
  • FGASA NQF 2 Field Guide
  • Wilderness First Aid Level 1

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Good level of personal and mental fitness
  • Must be fluent in English
  • Driver's licence recommended