The courseOur View Potentially Dangerous Animals Course consists of 5 days of training and evaluation presented at the Cleveland Game Reserve (Palabora Mining Company) close to Phalaborwa. The course covers all the theory and practical requirements relating to the THETA unit standard 8459 (View potentially dangerous animals). Please note that this course does not include rifle training and assessment.
DatesThe next date is 26-31 July 2009. Candidates must report to the Hans Merensky Country Club by 16:00 on 26 July 2009.
CostThe cost of R3200 (excl VAT of R448) includes camping accommodation and simple meals at the training venue and practical assessment. The prescribed handbook Animal Alert! – you and the big ones will be available at R90 per copy. The price excludes transport, registration fees with DEAT, as well as First Aid Training (compulsory elements for legal registration as a Field Guide).
Details of the qualification· The SAQA Unit Standard 8459 (VPDA) is added to an existing guide qualification · You also need a valid rifle proficiency qualificaton from SASSETA (e.g.119561 and 117705 - Firearms Control Act and Handle a Manually Operated Rifle, or 10750 – Use of a rifle)and pass the Advanced Rifle Handling Test · You must meet the practical requirements (30 days experience, 10 approaches on foot, 10 approaches by vehicle) · All of this will qualify you for the THETA Skills Programme 0030/0037 (Site Guide Nature Dangerous Animals Areas Level 2 or Level 4) For more information contact The Nature College on 028 551 2562 The Nature College is anaccredited THETA and SASSETA training provider and CyberTracker & FGASA assessors, and provides a variety of courses for Field Guides in the Eastern, Northern and Western Cape. Johan Fourie (National Nature Guide Dangerous Animals Level 4; FGASA Level 3 Field Guide SKS Dangerous Game, Track & Sign Specialist, ETDP & THETA registered Assessor, Moderator and Advanced Trainer) is in charge of the training programme, which is based on his publications An Introduction to Nature Guiding, Advanced Nature Guiding, The Nature Guide and Animal Alert! – you and the big ones. He has been training Field Guides in the National Parks and surrounding communities since 1993. The training programme is strengthened by the inputs of a variety of advisors, such as Dr Izak Rust (co-author of An Introduction to Nature Guiding), Trevor Dearlove, Dr John Almond (co-author of Advanced Nature Guiding), Phillip Coetzee (author of Birding for Beginners) and JJ Minye (Senior Tracker).
Part Time Nature Guiding Course offered at the Mons Mensa Campus of The Nature College
Centre for Nature Studies
“Mons Mensa” … as every field guide knows, is the Latin name of a star constellation meaning “Table Mountain” situated near to the Large Magellanic Cloud and is the only astral grouping named after a geological formation.
The Mons Mensa Centre for Nature Studies is a Satellite Campus of the Nature College and provides educational programs to attain the professional standards of the Field Guiding industry in line with the National Qualification Framework. The courses are run over 6 weekends over a period of 2 to 3 months for Cape Town based candidates. Its courses are structured on a modular format, arranged at times best suited to its adult learners. The programs include interactive lecture room learning, field excursions and competency assessments.
The programs are presented by qualified Nature Guides and assessors and are run on the same basis as full time courses in association with Johan Fourie at The Nature College.
To find out more about the programs offered please go to www.naturalsolutions.co.za and click on ‘Nature Studies’ or contact:
|Ed Hill||Johan Fourie|
|Tel: 083-462-9026||028 551 2562|
The Nature College
Wild Life Training
Reg Nr 2004/017187/07
Our VPDA Course consists of 5 days of training and evaluation presented at the Cleveland Game Reserve (Palabora Mining Company) close to Phalaborwa. The course covers all the theory and practical requirements relating to the THETA unit standard 8459 (View potentially dangerous animals). Please note that this course does not include rifle training and assessment.
The next date is 3-8 May 2009. Candidates must report to the Hans Merensky Country Club by 16:00 on 3 May 2009.
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The Aardvark Burrow
We accommodate groups of up to 10 people in our 4-star Aardvark Burrow Lodge to share a unique wildlife experience of the Succulent Karoo. Guided groups are welcome – our rooms are perfect for a guide with 8 clients. Kids can enjoy farm activities like milking the cows, feeding pigs and pony rides.
are members of CTGA:
P O Box 2482, Durbanville, 7551
021 914 0201 / 083 232 6702
Tourist Guide Institute
Andre de Waal
P O Box 995, Bellville, 7535
The Nature College
P O Box 556, Riversdale, 6670
028 551 2562 / 082 920 3765
FIRST AID providers
Medical Skills Training – 082 293
8850 - email@example.com (Sea Point area)
Dynamikos – 021 949-2208 - firstname.lastname@example.org (Bellville area)
Medical Education Centre – 021 761
6166 email@example.com (All Areas)
Emergency Medical Training - 021 701
6901 firstname.lastname@example.org (Westlake area)
Field Guides Association of Southern
Combined FGASA Level One Nature
and Marine Guiding Course.
Afritracks cc, Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) endorsed trainer are, with WWF and the De Hoop Collection, conducting a combined THETA-accredited FGASA Level One Nature and Marine guiding course at De Hoop Nature Reserve between June and November 2009.
all-inclusive course cost is R16 000. Attendance is limited to twelve
candidates and there is a possibility of sponsorship for six students.
After successful completion you should be equipped for a long term
career rather than just a job.