How to prepare for the FGASA level 1 Theory Exam

Do you want to become a Field Guide? Are you maybe unsure of what the FGASA Apprentice Field Guide theory exam entails? Here EcoTraining gives you a few tips and tricks when it comes to studying for the exam.

It is beyond exciting that you are thinking about becoming a Field Guide. Here are some first-hand tips for writing your Apprentice Field Guide (previously called FGASA Level 1) theory exam.

Once you are a paid-up member with FGASA (visit you will receive your relevant learning materials:

  1. The Nature Guide Learner Manual
  2. The FGASA Field Guide (NQF2) Study Guide and Workbook
  3. Logbook
EcoTraining Student Tip One:

From now on, these 3 little booklets are your new best friends.  Treat them with love.

There is so much other literature to support you in your journey in becoming a Field Guide. Cross-referencing is an amazing way to broaden your knowledge.  But for now, the learning materials are enough to get you passing the theory section of your FGASA level 1 exam – now known as the FGASA Apprentice Field Guide exam .

EcoTraining Student Tip Two:

If you can get your hands on a copy of Game Ranger in Your Backpack (by Megan Emmett and Sean Patrick) just do it! You won’t regret it.

It is essential that you work through all 17 modules of the study guide and workbook thoroughly! Before you can write the exam, you’ll need to submit a fully complete workbook. This requires answering a series of questions relating to each module. There are many facts and details to be learned and it is very important to give yourself enough time to do so.

EcoTraining Student Tip Three:

Plan for the theory exam well in advance.  There is a lot to learn. And use the workbook as a practice to see how well you know your stuff. If you can answer the workbook questions without looking back at the learner manual – you are A for Away. (And remember, you need 75% to pass).

Please, please, please do not see the FGASA level 1 exam as merely something to tick off on your list of things to do in becoming a Field Guide. This knowledge lays the foundation for your career. This is your bedrock, your springboard before you leap into understanding the magic that lies out in the wilderness.  The workbook is separated into 17 modules but when you weave it all together, you will become the storyteller of lifecycles, symbiotic relationships and connected energies. These stories, passed on, lure people from all around the world to hear them. And when they hear them, they too, want to protect their source – the wilderness.

Remember this while you study, because you are not just becoming an Apprentice Field Guide; you are walking the path to becoming a guardian of nature and you should be proud.

If this is the path you choose to take, all we can say is enjoy the journey and good luck. Rest assured it is going to be a beautiful one.

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