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Trails Guide Courses

FGASA Trails Guide

Course Overview

The FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide Course is the first step toward the much sought after FGASA Lead Trails Guide Qualification, and the logical next step for many guides that have completed their FGASA NQF 2 (now called FGASA Apprentice Guide) qualification.

On completion of the FGASA Apprentice Trails guide qualification, you will not be able to legally operate as a Trails Guide yet, but if you meet all criteria you will gain enrolment into the FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide Programme to start gaining the required additional hours and experience to eventually qualify as a Lead Trails Guide.

The FGASA Trails Guide Programme is ideal for any guide that wishes to specialise in walking with guests in areas with potentially dangerous game. The Qualification covers knowledge and skills required for:

  • Competent handle and use of heavy calibre guiding rifles.
  • Rifle ballistics, Maintenance and Care, and Rifle Handling Ethics.
  • Situational awareness for conducting trails and walks on foot with guests in wilderness areas where dangerous game occur.
  • Navigation and Orientation Skills.
  • In depth knowledge of Africa’s large herbivores and predators.
  • Field skills for tracking and observing potentially dangerous game.
  • Trails Guiding principles and ethics.
  • Guest safety and comfort considerations.
  • Team work and communication skills required by Lead and Back-up Guiding Teams.
  • Walking Fitness for trails guides.

Course Duration

  • 6 Weeks

Course Fees 2019

  • R52 000

Course Dates

  • 29 April – 7 June 2019
  • 17 June – 28 July 2019
  • 29 July – 8 September 2019
  • 2 September – 13 October 2019

Included in the Course Fee

  • All meals and accommodation.
  • Bhejane Shirt and Cap.
  • PFTC and ARH Training and Assessment.
  • FGASA Trails guide Theory Exams.
  • Cybertracker Track and Sign Course.
  • FGASA Learning Materials.
  • Rifle Hire and Ammunition.

Excluded in the Course Fee

  • Personal Gear and Equipment.
  • Prescribed Reference Books.
  • Meals on off days.
  • Excess ammunition if you exceed the allocated practice / assessment rounds.

Certification

  • PFTC Knowledge of the Firearms Control Act.
  • PFTC Handle and Use of Manually Operated Rifle for Personal Purposes.
  • PFTC Handle and Use of Manually Operated Rifle for Business Purposes.
  • Zulu Rangers Firearm Training Proficiency Certification.
  • FGASA ARH Certificate (If all criteria were met).

Admission Requirements

  • Fully paid up Member of FGASA.
  • FGASA Apprentice Nature Guide (NQF 2 or old Level 1).
  • Good level of Physical and Mental Fitness.
  • Improving upper body and core strength prior to a Firearm Training Course is highly recommended.

Zulu Rangers Bush Walk Phase 1 Course (Cathsseta Qualification)

Course Overview

The Zulu Rangers Bush Walk Phase 1 Course is an introductory trails guiding programme that is aimed at entry level trails guides that need to obtain the necessary legal qualifications to conduct guided bush walks in a reserve with potentially dangerous game. On this programme you will be assessed against the Cathsseta Nature Site Guide Dangerous Animals Skills Programme.

The Zulu Rangers Bush Walk Phase 1 Programme is ideal for any guide that wishes to conduct short guided bush walks with guests in areas with potentially dangerous game. The Qualification covers knowledge and skills required for:

  • Competent handle and use of heavy calibre guiding rifles.
  • Rifle ballistics, Maintenance and Care, and Rifle Handling Ethics.
  • Situational awareness for conducting trails and walks on foot with guests in wilderness areas where dangerous game occur.
  • Navigation and Orientation Skills.
  • In depth knowledge of Africa’s large herbivores and predators.
  • Field skills for tracking and observing potentially dangerous game.
  • Trails Guiding principles and ethics.
  • Guest safety.
  • Team work and communication skills required by Lead and Back-up Guiding Teams.

Although much of the theory content is similar, this programme differs from the FGASA Trails Guide programme in that it is a much shorter programme that it is recommended for guides wishing to do occasional bush walks, not necessarily with the intent of approaching dangerous game, but that has been adequately trained in the event of a chance encounter. It is ideal for guides that do not wish to specialise in extensive Wilderness Trails, but would like to just meet minimum legal requirements for short bush walks with guests.

Course Duration

  • 21 Days

Course Fees 2019

  • R29 500

Course Dates

  • 29 April – 19 May 2019
  • 17 June – 7 July 2019
  • 8 July – 28 July 2019
  • 29 July – 18 August 2019
  • 2 – 22 September 2019
  • 14 Oct – 3 Nov 2019

Included in the Course Fee

  • All meals and accommodation.
  • Bhejane Shirt and Cap.
  • PFTC and ARH Training and Assessment.
  • Training Manuals.
  • Rifle Hire and Ammunition.
  • VPDA Assessment.

Excluded in the Course Fee

  • Personal Gear and Equipment.
  • Prescribed Reference Books.
  • Meals on off days.
  • Excess ammunition if you exceed the allocated practice / assessment rounds.

Certification

  • PFTC Knowledge of the Firearms Control Act.
  • PFTC Handle and Use of Manually Operated Rifle for Personal Purposes.
  • PFTC Handle and Use of Manually Operated Rifle for Business Purposes.
  • Zulu Rangers Firearm Training Proficiency Certification.
  • View Potentially Dangerous Game (Cathsseta/Nature College) if all requirements were met.

Admission Requirements

  • Nature Site Guide NQF 2.
  • Valid and up to date First Aid.
  • Good level of Physical and Mental Fitness.

PFTC and Rifle Handling Skills Courses

Course Overview

PFTC Firearm Training

In order to legally be issued with a rifle in the workplace, any qualified guide must obtain the PFTC (Professional Firearm Training Council) rifle handling qualifications. This consists of the following three unit standards:

  • US 117705 Knowledge of the Firearms Control Act.
  • US 119651 Handle and use of a Manually Operated Rifle or Carbine.
  • US 123519 Handle and use of a Manually Operated Rifle or Carbine for Business Purposes.

The PFTC Training is Certified by Zulu Rangers Firearm Training and the PFTC and covers all the fundamental skills required to competently handle a manually operated firearm.

Zulu Rangers (a sister company of Bhejane Nature Training) is a fully accredited PFTC Firearms Training Provider with accreditation number T1603001.

In addition to the Manually Operated Rifle unit standards, guides attending the PFTC and Rifle Handling Skills Courses can also book any of the other firearm categories for Handgun, Shotgun and/or Self-Loading Rifle or Carbine. Please keep in mind that you will need more days should you wish to complete additional PFTC Unit Standards.

Zulu Rangers Firearm Skills Training or FGASA Advance Rifle Handling

The FGASA Advanced Rifle Handling qualification is a pre-requisite for entry into the Apprentice Trails Guide Programme. After completing the required PFTC Training, guides are taken through an intensive training period to get familiar with all the aspects of handling heavy calibre rifles as used in the guiding industry in areas with dangerous game.

Students that do not wish to obtain the full FGASA qualification but would still like to complete a more advanced firearm training programme may choose to register only for the Zulu Rangers Firearm Skills Training, and will not be eligible for any FGASA assessment or certification.

The Course covers:

  • Rifle selection and considerations for dangerous game.
  • Fundamentals Training for heavy calibre firearms.
  • Rifle Ballistics.
  • Care and Maintenance.
  • Legal Aspects.
  • Supervised Training and simulations to develop good muscle memory.
  • Drills and Dry Fire Simulation exercises.
  • Range work and live fire exercises and assessments.

Course Duration

  • 12 Days
  • PFTC Only - 5 Days
  • Additional Firearm Categories - 2 Extra Days
  • ARH Only - 8 Days

Course Fees 2019

  • Full 12 Day Course - R15500
  • PFTC Only - R4500
  • Additional Firearm Categories
    • Personal Use - R950 per firearm Category.
    • Business Purposes - R1000 per firearm category.
  • ARH Only - R11 000

Course Dates

Full 12 Day Course

  • 29 April – 10 May 2019
  • 17 – 28 June 2019
  • 8 – 19 July 2019
  • 29 July – 9 Aug 2019
  • 2 – 13 September 2019
  • 14 – 25 Oct 2019

PFTC Only

  • 29 April – 3 May 2019
  • 17 – 21 June 2019
  • 8 – 12 July 2019
  • 29 July – 2 Aug 2019
  • 2 – 6 September 2019
  • 14 – 18 Oct 2019
  • Please enquire about other available dates.

ARH Only

  • 1 – 8 May 2019
  • 19 – 26 June 2019
  • 10 – 17 July 2019
  • 1 - 8 Aug 2019
  • 4 – 11 September 2019
  • 16 – 23 Oct 2019

Included in the Course Fee

Full 12 Day Course

  • All meals and accommodation.
  • PFTC and ARH Training and Assessment.
  • PFTC Training Manuals.
  • FGASA Rifle Handling Training Manual.
  • Rifle Hire and Ammunition.

PFTC Only

  • All meals and accommodation.
  • PFTC Training and Assessment for 1 x Firearm Category.
  • PFTC Training Manuals.

ARH Only

  • All meals and accommodation.
  • FGASA ARH Training Materials.
  • ARH Training and assessment.
  • Rifle Hire and Ammunition.

Excluded in the Course Fee

  • Personal Gear and Equipment.
  • Reference Books.
  • Excess ammunition if you exceed the allocated practice / assessment rounds.

Certification

Full 12 Day Course

  • PFTC Knowledge of the Firearms Control Act.
  • PFTC Handle and Use of Manually Operated Rifle for Personal Purposes.
  • PFTC Handle and Use of Manually Operated Rifle for Business Purposes.
  • Zulu Rangers Firearm Training Proficiency Certification.
  • FGASA ARH Certificate (If all criteria were met).
  • Zulu Rangers Introduction to Heavy Calibre Firearms.

PFTC Only

  • Applicable PFTC Certification.
  • Zulu Rangers Firearm Training Proficiency Certification.

ARH Only

  • FGASA Advanced Rifle Handling Certificate.

Admission Requirements

  • If doing FGASA Programme Fully paid up Member of FGASA, Qualified Apprentice Nature Guide (NQF 2 or old Level 1).
  • If Doing Zulu Rangers Programme Only, must be 18 or older.
  • Have a reasonable level of personal and mental fitness.
  • Improving upper body and core strength prior to a Firearm Training Course is highly recommended.

PFTC Only

  • Have a reasonable level of personal and mental fitness.
  • Improving upper body and core strength prior to a Firearm Training Course is highly recommended.

ARH Only

  • Must have written and passed the FGASA Trails Guide Theory Exam.
  • Must be a fully qualified.
  • FGASA Level 1 (Apprentice) Nature Guide.
  • Have a reasonable level of personal and mental fitness.
  • Improving upper body and core strength prior to a Firearm Training Course is highly recommended.

Mentored Encounters for FGASA Apprentice Trails Guides

Overview

Gain valuable hours and encounters towards your Lead or Apprentice Trails Guide Qualification in one of KwaZulu Natal’s most spectacular Trails Venues. Working Guides or guides in training but not able to attend a full course, have the opportunity to join us for any number of days, with the following provided:

  • Use of our fully licenced training firearms.
  • All meals and accommodation (minimum stay of 3 nights required).
  • Professionally mentored trails experience.
  • Apprentice or Lead Trails Assessment (provided candidate is suitably qualified and approved for assessment by the FGASA Office). Kindly note that assessment must be booked separately to any other booked experience days and will be charged differently as well. Please enquire about assessment fees.

Wilderness Trails Mentorship Programme

Gain hours and encounters towards your Apprentice or Lead Trails Guide Qualification on a rustic 4 day Wilderness Trails Experience in one of KZN’s most spectacular Trails venues.

  • Use of our fully licenced training firearms.
  • All meals.
  • Professionally Mentored Wilderness Trails Experience.

Duration

  • Book any number of days in the available dates. (Minimum of 3 days)
  • 4 Day Wilderness Trails Experience

Fees 2019

  • R950 per day
  • 4 Day Wilderness Trails Experience - R4500

Dates

  • Please enquire about available dates.

Included in Daily Rate

  • Meals and Accommodation.
  • Rifle hire.
  • Professional Trails Mentorship.

Excluded from Daily Rate

  • Personal gear and equipment.
  • Related FGASA Exam and/or assessment fees.

Certification

No Certification but hours towards FGASA Apprentice or Lead Trails Guide and professional references can be obtained if all criteria are met.

Admission Requirements

  • Must have valid and up to date FGASA Membership.
  • Please make sure that you are familiar with current FGASA rules and regulations for logging hours and encounters for all categories of the Apprentice and Trails Guide Programme.