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Field Guide Skills Programme

This Skills Programme is intended for individuals who would like to become Field Guides.

The course is a first step in extending learning and practice at this level into other areas of tourism, or becoming a professional Field Guide
Course available in: English
Off-site training available

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Course Outline

The programme consists of the following unit standards:
8840 – Conduct a guided nature experience in a limited geographical area
8478 – Create a guided experience for customers

Identify major living and non-living features of the natural environment in which he/she operates and interpret them at an observation level.

Create and conduct a local guided tourist experience, based on local natural and cultural resources, that entertains and informs visitors.

Practice as a tourist guide in a local area, as envisaged in the Tourism Amendment Act. A cathsseta certificate will allow the individual to register as a legal field guide with the National Department of Tourism.


It is assumed that a learner entering this qualification will be competent in (*these courses can, however, be taken concurrently with the anti-poaching course if no prior learning is in place):

  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1


  • Ability to communicate fluently in English


Unit Standards: 8840 | 8478
Duration: 10 days theory
Minimum 3 months practical
Accreditation: Cathsseta
Certificate on completion

Cost is inclusive of facilitation and training materials.
Prices are subject to change.
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