Kenya FGASA Field Guide (Apprentice Field Guide) Course

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

WHY DO THE COURSE?

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.

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SUBJECTS

  • 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
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Course Length

55 days

Prerequisites

    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?

    School-leavers
  • 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.

CERTIFICATION AND ACCREDITATION OF COURSE

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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

14 September – 07 November 2019 (Mara Training centre)

06 October – 29 November 2020 (Mara Training centre)

YOU COULD WALK AWAY WITH …

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.

ONLINE STUDY OPTIONS

If you would like to prepare for your time in the bush on an EcoTraining course, Wildlife Campus is an established, reputable and accredited online and offline distance learning provider, and has been offering wildlife-related, natural science and ecotourism courses since 1999. Visit its website for the online course as a pre-study option.