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 Post subject: How to become a Field Guide.
Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 9:31 pm 
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Hello people of the world! I really want to become a game ranger and I'm thinking about the FGASA courses provided. Now I need some advice in terms of what looks good on my CV, where should I volunteer etc?

I know it's a beginner's question, but that's what I am.
But I'm a hard worker and dedicated to wanting to make a difference, I can't do it on my own though.

I have had experience with animals on farms in asia, such as water buffalo.

thank you all kindly.


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 Post subject: Re: Enquiry for you lovely folks
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 8:08 am 
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I know that Mohololo rescue centre near Hoedspruit take volunteers. There are also many courses available in SA. Try www.wildlifecampus.co.za or Africa Nature Training. Not sure of their web address but I'm sure if you google it they will pop up. Or google Field guide assosocation of South Africa. There are plenty of options there I'm sure

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 Post subject: Re: Enquiry for you lovely folks
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 8:43 am 
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Hi CM.
Welcome to the forums!
I qualified as a FGASA Level 1 guide earlier this year.
I did everything self-study. I registered for the exams, studied the manual they give you by myself and wrote the exam. I then did the practical assessment some time later.

I'm quite unique though in that my father has a share in a private game reserve, on which I've been driving for the last 9 years, so I had some experience when it came to the practical assessment. I was also lucky enough to find a job as a guide before I qualified (most places won't take you before you qualify).

I would recommend you do a course, but they can be expensive, and some of them may include more content than you want. I've had a little bit of experience with some of the accredited trainers. PM me if you want the name.

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 Post subject: Re: Enquiry for you lovely folks
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:09 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: How to become a Game Ranger.
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:30 am 
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Mods, in line with FGASA, could we change the title to 'field guide' instead of 'game ranger' ? (Maybe put 'game ranger' in brackets)

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 Post subject: Re: How to become a Field Guide.
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 1:56 pm 
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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)
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Culture Guiding Qualifications
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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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 Post subject: Re: How to become a Field Guide.
Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 3:30 pm 
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hi there

i recently came back from the kruger and decided to also go into the field guide training road.

im on the wildlife campus website at the moment having a look at it. is it really possible to do the course online ? i live in kzn durban and i wonder where the practical would have to take place ?

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 Post subject: Re: How to become a Field Guide.
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:50 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: How to become a Field Guide.
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:51 pm 
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Oops, didn't realize this thread is more than a year old! Cherokee_Master has probably gone off and done everything already :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: How to become a Field Guide.
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:21 pm 
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Remains good information. :thumbs_up:

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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 Post subject: Re: How to become a Field Guide.
Unread postPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 11:24 pm 
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Thanks Oddesy

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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 Post subject: Re: How to become a Field Guide.
Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 12:29 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: How to become a Field Guide.
Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 1:40 pm 
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I think the equivelent in the UK is the PSV license link :)

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 Post subject: Re: How to become a Field Guide.
Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 2:04 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: How to become a Field Guide.
Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 2:21 pm 
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: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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