Online course

Introduction to Field Guiding

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Course information

Next start date
Enrollment closes
Course frequency
Every week
Time committment
- hours
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Book before the end of July 2024 and receive a AUD 170 scholarship

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Course introduction

Join the African Nature and Wildlife online course. The course is run by Bushwise, GVI’s sister company and the industry’s top-rated field guide (safari guide) training provider in Southern Africa. Bushwise is accredited by CATHSSETA and is the exclusive provider of International Field Guide Association (IFGA) qualifications in the region. More than 90% of those who graduate from a Bushwise professional field guiding program, get a job.

The course is built around three official FGASA modules. Two of these are not available for online study anywhere else. Bushwise also added two additional modules after consulting and acting on what lodges are looking for in a field guide. Unlike other FGASA courses of its kind, this course features a social, multimedia online learning experience led by experts with over 50 years of experience in the field. Each module is taught by one of our experienced professional field guides, meaning that you’ll have the option to ask experts questions and discuss topics with other participants from around the world.

In addition, the course includes a masterclass lecture series delivered by directors of conservation organisations, leading researchers and other experts that is designed to give you in-depth local insight into a diverse range of topics in African nature, wildlife conservation and field guiding. These discussions are designed to not only allow you to master the subject matter, but to create meaningful connections with leaders in the field. This allows you to kickstart your professional network in this field, an essential aspect of modern-day employment as most vacancies today are filled through referral.

Is this course for you?

The Introduction to Field Guiding online course is for anyone who’s ready to start their career as a professional safari guide. Anyone ages 18 and above is welcome to join. This might include everyone from recent graduates to mid-level professionals looking for a career change. Please note that to join this course you’ll first need to successfully complete the African Nature and Wildlife online course.

Skills you’ll acquire

After completing this course you’ll be able to:

Earn your certification

Once you’ve successfully completed your course, you’ll receive a digital certificate of completion from Bushwise. The certificate will state that you have passed the Intro to Field Guide online course. This, combined with the Bushwise Nature Enthusiast certificate, will enable you to take your next step in becoming a field guide, joining us for practical work in South Africa. You’ll then be able to write the theory exam towards your CATHSSETA Nature Site Guide (NQF2) qualification. Join us in person to gain practical experience and become a fully-fledged guide!