Field Guide Ass. of South Africa

Field Guide Association of South Africa



Introduction to FGASA
 
The Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) was formally established in 1990, by a group of professional guides aiming to set a standard for nature guiding practice.  It has recently been registered as a Section 21 Company not for gain (Registration no. 2004/003844/08).  FGASA represents individual Tourist Guides, Nature, Culture and Adventure guides, Trackers and organisations involved in offering professional guiding services to members of the public. 

FGASA is an accredited provider with the Tourism Hospitality and Sport, Education and Training Authority (THETA).   The Field Guides Association of Southern Africa has set guiding standards for many years and continues to maintain the highest standards within the guiding industry. In conjunction with THETA within the new National Qualifications Framework, FGASA promotes the standards for guiding throughout Southern Africa in the form of:

-  A standard outcomes-based training syllabus
-  A code of ethics and a set of guiding principles
-  An assessment system based on high standards of competence
-  A effective training course endorsement system
-  A valid recognised First Aid Certificate requirement

FGASA aims to promote a culture of professional guiding based on a strong ethical well-informed, safety conscious approach to provide the visitor to the African bush and environs with a pleasant and memorable experience.

FGASA is fully committed to the development and implementation of the national qualifications, promoting the development of all tourist guides, including previously disadvantaged individuals as guides, trackers, trainers and assessors as part of the South Africa’s transformation process.

FGASA promotes the training of guides through the endorsement of training providers who conform to the FGASA and National training standards.  The Association also promotes the highest standards of guide assessment by appointing and registering fully qualified and experienced assessors to carry out practical evaluations at all levels for all the guiding qualifications.
FGASA’s philosophy is one of promoting the guide and tracker on the ground in terms of skills development, recognition of existing skills and creation of job opportunities within the tourism industry.

The function of FGASA 
-  Provide quality-assurance for guiding qualifications at FGASA’s standards.
-  Validate endorsement of and quality-assure training providers, institutions and trainers of guides.
-  Quality-assure and develop qualified guide assessors, mentors and moderators.
-  Enhance the credibility of nature, culture and adventure guiding in Southern Africa.
-  Encourage guides to achieve higher levels of professionalism, and thereby improve the quality of service to and safety of the visitors both local and international.
-  Keep members abreast of developments in the industry via regular communication in its magazine, website and emails.

FGASA promotes a standard of Excellence through 
-  Promoting the development of guiding skills and the progressive levels of professional qualifications.
-  Promoting the tourist guide qualifications in the national qualifications framework.
-  Encouraging a professional ethical code of conduct.
-  Providing a set of professional guiding principles.
-  Quality assurance of guides, trackers, trainers and assessors.
-  Validating the endorsement of guide and tracker training institutions.
-  A training syllabus and an evaluation system that promotes the development of guides in the National

Qualifications Framework.
Promoting the training of guides through the endorsement of training providers who conform to the FGASA and National training standards.  FGASA’s philosophy is one of promoting the guide and tracker on the ground in terms of skills development, recognition of existing skills and creation of job opportunities within the tourism industry.
The requirement of a valid recognised First Aid Certificate and the promotion of a high standard of First Aid training for the tourism guiding industry

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