Book before the end of February 2024 and receive a GBP 100 scholarship
Join the African Nature and Wildlife online course. The course is run by Bushwise, GVI’s sister company and the top-rated training provider of Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) certifications. 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.
The FGASA 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.
After completing this course you’ll be able to:
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 FGASA Field Guide online course. This 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 your Apprentice Field Guide exam, an NQF2 qualification, formerly FGASA Level 1. This will enable you to start working as a certified FGASA field guide.