EcoTraining Kenya Field Guide (FGASA & CATHSSETA)

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

Every minute of your 55 days on this course will be a learning experience, as you are constantly exposed to the bush. It covers a broad spectrum of subjects, using a mix of formal lectures as well as time out in the field.

“I completed the FGASA Level 1 course at Nakavango camp last week. Had a fantastic time and learned a great deal. Mark Gunn is an absolutely fantastic teacher. Incredible knowledge and very fluent way of teaching. Couldn’t have had a better person there for us. This course has opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities and knowledge to continue exploring.”

Daan Hendricks — February 2015


Over the duration of fifty five days, participants on this course will traverse not one, not two but three different conservancies encompassing over 16,000 hectares, providing students access to a diverse range of biomes and elements that make this a truly sought after course in the industry. This course provides a solid foundation for many environmental careers in the wildlife, lodge and conservation sector. What makes this course so unique is its relevance to the natural environment of Kenya. Covering a broad spectrum of subjects, students also learn about the cohabitation and conflict between the community herdsmen with their livestock, crops and wildlife. Participants older than 18 years, holding a valid driver’s license and from all walks of life are invited to attend.

FGASA Field Guide Level 1 Apprentice Field Guide


  • Planning of game drives and walks
  • Navigation and orientation
  • Radio procedures
  • Ecology
  • Reptiles
  • Geology and soil
  • Amphibians
  • Fish
  • Mammals
  • Weather and climate
  • Anticipating animal behaviour
  • Plant communities
  • Career opportunities
  • Plant identification and uses
  • Identification and ecology of invertebrates
FGASA Field Guide Level 1 Apprentice Field Guide Level 1

Course Length

55 days


    Age: 18+
  • driver's licence
  • able-bodied
  • able to walk at least 2km
  • first aid course – preferably to be done before coming on course, but it can be done after the course at any accredited institution in any country.
  • First aid is generic worldwide. FGASA will only issue your FGASA Level 1 certificate if you have a valid first aid qualification!

Who Is This For?

  • career and gap year candidates
  • a sabbatical
  • extended educational vacation
  • interns
  • volunteers
  • researchers

Our winning formula

This course not only offers excellent value for money, but also opportunity. You will be exposed to a variety of natural working conditions because of EcoTraining’s vast network.


FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) – EcoTraining is a 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.

Course dates

18 March – 11 May 2022 (Mara Training Centre)

08 September – 01 November 2022 (Mara Training Centre)

11 March – 04 May 2023 (Mara Training Centre)

08 September – 01 November 2023 (Mara Training Centre)


Participants will have the opportunity to attempt their EcoTraining and FGASA Field Guide (NQF2) qualification, by successfully completing a theoretical and practical assessment. These assessments will be conducted by our instructors (who are accredited FGASA assessors) at our camps, during the course.