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Re: Enquiry for you lovely folks

Unread postby Cherokee_master » Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:09 pm

That sounds fantastic Josh! :) you're very lucky.
So do I have to register with FGASA before I go on a course?

(yes they are expensive, I like in the UK and most courses for me are at least £1500 not including flights)

If I do, how long before I take the course do I have to register?

Can I register with FGASA and sit the exams without the course? or do they ask for experience?

Lastly any advice? I'm hoping to take a course next march if I get the funds.

Thanks again kindly.

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Re: How to become a Field Guide.

Unread postby Katamboega » Thu Jul 29, 2010 1:56 pm

Nature Guide Categories
Local Guide (NQF2)
Level I (NQF3)
Level II (NQF4)
Level III (NQF5)
Tracker Categories
Tracker Level I (NQF3)
Tracker Level II (NQF4)
Tracker Level III (NQF5)
Senior Tracker
Master Tracker
Scout qualification
Dangerous Game Qualifications
Back-up Trials Guide (2nd rifle)
Trails Guide (NQF4)
SKS Dangerous Game
Birding Qualifications
Local Bird Guide
Specialist Bird Guide
SKS Birding
Palaeo-anthropology Qualifications
Basic Palaeo-anthropology
Intermediate Palaeo-anthropology
Advanced Palaeo-anthropology
Commercial Cave Guiding & Advanced Cave Guide
Horse Guiding Qualifications
Basic Horse Guiding
Intermediate Horse Guiding
Advanced Horse Guiding(Dangerous Game Areas)
Wildflower Qualifications
Specialist Wildflower guide
SKS Wildflowers
Marine Guiding Qualifications
Marine Guide Level 1
Marine Guide Level 3
Culture Guiding Qualifications
Culture Guide L1
Culture Guide L2
Culture Guide L3
Biome Guiding Qualifications

If you are serious start studying know there is a lot of work ahead, most of the places you would like to work for will only consider guides that have a NQF 4 with ARH+VPDA unit standards eg. FGASA level 2 full trails guide, but unfortunately you need to gain experience before you get to this level, aether work for a small operator or do a comprehensive course with one of the more reputed trainers.

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Re: How to become a Field Guide.

Unread postby annapangolin » Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:50 pm

Hi Cherokee Master,

I'm in the same position as you. If you're from the UK like me, your biggest problem will be getting a work permit when you're qualified. It's not easy, but it's definitely possible.

If your looking for things to do that will look good on your CV, there's plenty you can do in the UK, like working with places like the RSPB. I'm about to do some volunteer field work with Bird Life International while i'm waiting (and raising money) to do my FGASA course.

Have you chosen a 'school' yet? I'm doing my Level 1 training with Africa Nature Training. Definitely check them out. Expensive, but you come out completely qualified. They've been highly recommended to me by a good friend who will be helping out with the course when I do it in May 2011.

Feel free to send me a PM. I have another friend who is also trying to do this from the UK and it's been so helpful to share information and contacts.

Good Luck!

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Re: How to become a Field Guide.

Unread postby Imberbe » Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:21 pm

One complication. In SA you cannot get a Public Drivers Permit, nor a firearm license under the age of 21. This does complicate things a bit for young guides.
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Re: How to become a Field Guide.

Unread postby annapangolin » Sat Nov 20, 2010 11:24 pm

I'm still confused. The DVLA (road licensing body) in the UK can't tell me what the UK equivalent of a PDP is.

Can any South Africans tell me exactly what the PDP is and what the requirements are and what it allows you to do?
Then I can go back to the DVLA and tell them what I need to get.

Any help would be super, super appreciated :thumbs_up: :D

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Re: How to become a Field Guide.

Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Nov 21, 2010 12:29 am

The Public Drivers Permit is an additional license which everyone who transport people who pays for the service or even transports goods for payment, must have. So all persons who drive safari vehicles, buses, taxis, and even chauffeurs must have this license, irrespective of the size of the vehicle.

This license is renewed every two years in SA, where ordinary licenses are renewed every five years. This license includes you having to do an eye test and a police clearance to check whether you have any criminal record against you.
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Re: How to become a Field Guide.

Unread postby Dotty » Sun Nov 21, 2010 1:40 pm

I think the equivelent in the UK is the PSV license link :)
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Re: How to become a Field Guide.

Unread postby annapangolin » Sun Nov 21, 2010 2:04 pm

Thanks Imberbe for the great information. I've added it all my my ever-expanding word document about what a PDP is.

Thank you Dotty for the link. I think i've visited that site before. How confusing can they possibly word that! Now i'm trying to learn whether a PCV is a straight 'category D' licence. None of these websites give a clear answer :wall:

Looks like i'll be spending a lot of time at the traffic department next week...

It's annoying that in SA to get a PDP it just takes a few small things, like eye tests and police clearance. Here, i'll have to spend many hundreds of pounds on bus lessons and bus rental and theory tests and practical tests :(

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Re: How to become a Field Guide.

Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Nov 21, 2010 2:21 pm

:lol: Don't worry, in SA you would first need to get a code 10 or higher license before you get your PDP. (Did we forget to mention that? :lol: ) Which means that you need to be licensed to drive large vehicles. This also includes the training and tests.
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Re: How to become a Field Guide.

Unread postby ecojunkie » Sun Nov 21, 2010 3:30 pm

You can get a PDP with only a Code 8 licence - I have one! You can then only drive the ordinary OSVs though, not the big sort that they use in most camps in Kruger. It is a common misunderstanding that you need a Code 10, and I was told that initially, but the Traffic Dept set me right!
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Re: How to become a Field Guide.

Unread postby vthebushman » Mon Nov 22, 2010 8:54 am

Hi folks, just a quick update, with regards to the idea of converting foreign licenses to South African licenses, this was stopped a few years ago. All foreigners wanting a South African driver license must now complete a learner license, driver license and can then only apply for a PrDP.


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