Online Field Guide Course

FGASA Apprentice Field Guide / Nature Site Guide (NQF 2) theory

Receive a comprehensive introduction to Field Guiding (FGASA endorsed) from the comfort of your own home on this FGASA online course. Get lectures from a diverse range of highly experienced EcoTraining Instructors who are specialists in various fields within nature and wildlife.


A comprehensive introduction to Field Guiding. This 8-week FGASA online course covers all 17 FGASA Apprentice Field Guide modules, including theory reviews, workbook support, and theory assessments. EcoTraining’s experienced instructors deliver the programme via live interactive lectures, which include videos, graphics, and quizzes. The syllabus covers a broad spectrum of subjects including ecology, animal behavior, conservation management, and more.

Online participants will receive lectures from a diverse range of specialist instructors, which will include;

  • In-depth coverage of all modules
  • Theory reviews
  • Live Q&A with the lecturer and other participants
  • Workbook support
  • Quizzes

FGASA Online Courses Field Guide Course


  • Introduction to guiding in the natural environment
  • Creating a guided nature experience
  • Geology
  • Weather and Climate
  • Basic ecology
  • Astronomy
  • Biomes of South Africa
  • Basic taxonomy
  • Botany and Grasses
  • Fish
  • Amphibians
  • Arthropods
  • Reptiles
  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Conservation Management
  • Historical Human Habitation

If you are thinking of enrolling for the EcoTraining Field Guide course, we highly recommend you buy the ‘Your Guide to Guide’ – eBook. The authors put all their knowledge and their passion for this project to help future students to become better field guides and have more time to reconnect with nature while on the course. This eBook was made to lead you through this challenge, supporting you with exactly what you need before & during the online course.

You can order your copy from the Digistore here

FGASA Online Courses - Online Field Guide Course


FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) – EcoTraining is an FGASA-endorsed training provider that is accredited by CATHSSETA. We will assist you by registering you with FGASA. FGASA will automatically register you with CATHSSETA.


  1. EcoTraining Certificate of Participation on the e-learning course
  2. FGASA will only issue your FGASA Apprentice Field Guide certificate if you have a valid first aid qualification and have successfully completed the 35-day practical component!


24 August – 14 October 2022

After successful completion of the online course and theory exam, students will have achieved the FGASA theory component of the Apprentice Field Guide course. Participants will have the opportunity to write FGASA theory exams online.




2022R 9 4502022R 9 450


To complete the full FGASA Apprentice Guide qualification, you can sign up for the 35-day practical component of the Field Guide course.