Qualify as a professional Field Guide
We are based at Black Leopard Campus on the Thaba Tholo Wilderness Reserve, nr Lydenburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa. The campus is a FGASA registered training provider, as well as being the home of our leopard research team.
Our Nature Guide Level 1 field guide course is designed for those students keen to train with a view to either becoming a fully fledged and professional guide within the stimulating world of wildlife tourism, or simply wishing to increase their bush skills and knowledge.
We have aligned our
twelve-week course along the guidelines stipulated by FGASA (Field Guide Association of Southern Africa) and we offer a level 1 field guide course according to the syllabus determined by FGASA.
Included in the course will be all the required theory and practical training that a student needs to get moving on the path towards a successful career in this exciting world of game ranging or field guiding. In addition you will be actively involved with our
leopard research program.
As part of the course you will also visit our satellite research camp in the Greater Kruger Park where you will be able to experience operating in a big five environment.
The Nature Guide Qualification is the most sought after qualification required by the guiding industry for employment.  
The FGASA Level 1 Course also contains the CATHSSETA Nature Site Guide qualification, which is the minimum requirement for guides to register as legal tourist guides in South Africa.  Beyond Southern Africa’s borders, the higher standard of the FGASA qualification also enjoys recognition in many other countries on and off the African Continent.
Our
tweleve-week course is aimed at students who want to gain an in-depth knowledge of the African bush as well as increase their employability.
After booking your training course with us, you will need to join FGASA. Membership fees are included in our price, however it is your responsibility to complete the required application form and return it to us in good time.
You will then complete our three month training scheme. This is an intensive course enabling you to apply to write the FGASA Level 1 Nature Guide theory examination.
Your course leader will conduct ongoing and regular assessments of each student as you progress through the course syllabus.
We will liaise with FGASA to arrange the theory examination for you. This will normally be in the last week of your three month course.
Once you have passed (competence is measured by achieving at least 75%) the FGASA level 1 theory examination you can apply to be practically assessed.
For those who wish to continue their training with us, or simply return for the practical assessment for the Level 1 nature guide qualification we can arrange for this examination. The practical examination is carried out by a registered FGASA assessor normally on our home reserve, where you should already be familiar with the environment.

Students should be eighteen years or older and have an acceptable level of English Literacy. A good level of mental and physical fitness are required as is a valid international drivers license.
On successful completion of the course assessments and qualification as a FGASA level 1 nature guide, graduates will be eligible for consideration for employment with Black Leopard Camp.