Bushwise AccreditationThe Bushwise Field Guides courses are accredited by FGASA and are recognised by FGASA as a registered training provider. The Field Guides Association of Southern Africa is the industry's leading independent body on the training and operation of field guides throughout Southern Africa.
FGASA is an accredited training provider and assessor endorsed by the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA).
Bushwise is an endorsed training centre accredited by FGASA in accordance with their standards and code of conduct.
All qualifications you obtain through Bushwise are national qualifications endorsed by FGASA and/or CATHSSETA. Bushwise as a training centre is accredited to offer the following qualifications:
- FGASA level 1 theory and practical
- FGASA level 2 theory and practical
- FGASA level 3 theory and practical
- THETA NQF2 and 4
- Trails guide practical experience and theory
Due to regulations set out by FGASA, in order to complete more advanced qualifications as a trainee guide you need to gain a minimum number of days guiding. Therefore, only within the 83 day, 6 month, one year course, is Bushwise able to offer the national qualifications required to become a legal field guide and the chance to gain the necessary experience.
The national standards for field guiding are in the process of being revised, so the qualifications on offer on the 83 day, 23 week and 50 week course are subject to change in relation to the regulations specified by the FGASA and CATHSSETA.
Note: the FGASA accreditation applies to the Field Guide training couses only
Jason Kipling, Head Ranger at Umkumbe Game Lodge, Sabi Sands
“Bushwise provides the best training for field guides in South Africa. I seek to employ Bushwise graduates over other guides to work with me at Umkumbe.”
Jolandie Botha from South Africa
“I went to Bushwise for the 50 week course, never thinking i would end up where I am today. I am now a fulltime Field guide at Ivory Tree Game Lodge in the Pilanesberg national park. Without the effort that all the staff at Bushwise put in and all the care they give to the students, I would not be the guide I am today.”