FGASA Apprentice Field Guide (NQF2) Practical Course (25 days)
The 50-day full-time program will obviously have financial and logistical implications to the extent that many prospective students will simply not be able to attend such a long and expensive course. Learners can then opt for the 25-day practical course but will have to write the NQF2 theoretical examination at a FGASA national examination sitting. These sittings are scheduled in March, July and October and students should register for the examination at least two months in advance. Learners can be practically assessed at the training facility during the practical training period after having successfully completed the theory examination.
The prospective learner should preferably complete the FGASA workbook before attending the practical course at the training provider’s training facility. Should any learner not be able to complete the workbook before the course, it should be completed at the training venue but in his/her own time.
Please note: Completion of the FGASA Workbook is a requirement before any final practical assessment can take place.
The 25-day practical training period at the training providers’ facilities will consist of the following aspects
⦁ Theoretical and practical training time (face to face).
⦁ FGASA practical preparation and assessment.
Given the fact that the learners have already written the NQF2 theory exam or familiarize them with the theoretical content and is in the process of completing the workbook, they should be theoretically prepared and thus will not need to be taught theory in detail at the training provider facility.
The main aim of the course (face to face training time) being offered at the training provider facilities is to provide learners with practical training in guiding and interpretative skills (Learning to apply already accumulated theoretical knowledge in the guiding environment). Thus the amount of allocated days (time) for focus on individual modules have been reduced somewhat with more focus each day during practical sessions on integrating knowledge (modules) into the practical guided experience.
Students will be practically assessed for the NQF 2-qualification during and at the end of the course.