Apprentice Field Guide Online Course Information

If you are passionate about the natural environment and have a hunger to learn more about all it encompasses, then this learning experience is for you!

10 Week Apprentice Field Guide Online Certificate

This course is aimed at those of you who do not have the time to spend a full 10 weeks on campus, but rather 10 weeks online completing your theory and FGASA exam and then 4 weeks on site to complete your Apprentice Field Guide qualification.

This course could be the first step towards a complete lifestyle change, it will open your eyes to a whole new perspective of the world. Take a leap of faith and follow your passion, you never know where it could lead you. 

This online FGASA accredited course is operated through the Ulovane E-Learning Portal.

This structured 10-week online course focuses on developing your theoretical guiding knowledge and understanding of the African landscapes and associated plants and wildlife. This 10 week Online Apprentice Field Guide course covers all the components and subjects that an Apprentice Field Guide in Africa needs to master. Each week focuses on lectures and workbook assignments for specific subjects which are evaluated at the end of each week. Workbook assignments need to be completed for grading weekly and each weekend there will be written exams to evaluate your understanding of the week’s subjects.

The following subjects will be covered during the Online Nature Enthusiast course:
  •  Astronomy
  • Geology
  • Climatology
  • Biomes
  • Taxonomy
  • Ecology
  • Botany
  • Arthropods
  • Amphibians
  • Reptiles
  • Fish
  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Historical Human Habitation
  • Conservation Management
  • Guiding Skills

These workbook assignment submissions and weekly exams will ensure that you are on track to write the FGASA Apprentice Field Guide exam at the end of the course. As a guideline, to successfully complete this structured 10-week online program, participants must have approximately 2 hours a day or 14 hours a week available to focus on this certificate.

In the final week of your 10-week online course, you will have time to prepare for the FGASA Apprentice Field Guide Certificate exam. Passing this exam will be your admission and ticket to join the Ulovane 4-Week (28 Days) Onsite Practical Training Course, at our campus based on Amakhala Game Reserve. 

This 4-Week Onsite Practical Training Course will guide you through your FGASA practical workbook assignments along with the Ulovane Thicket workbook and prepare you for your practical assessment in order to obtain your FGASA accredited guiding qualification.

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Included in this certificate:

  • All FGASA fees including:
    • Exam fees
    • Annual Subscription fees
    • Registration fees
    • Digital manual and workbook
    • Online Apprentice Field Guide FGASA Certification
  • Online support and interaction on the Ulovane e-learning platform, including:
    • Prepared lecture presentations
    • Weekly webinars
    • Exam preparation
    • Assignments
    • Weekly Exams
    • Interaction with other students and trainers on the platform.
**The course will only run with 3 applicants or more.


  • 20 February 2023 Online
  • 15 May 2023 Online
  • 07 August 2023 Online
  • 30 October 2023 Online

Contact us to find out more about our ONSITE option when you have successfully completed the online section.

Your options once you have completed the 10 Week Apprentice Field Guide Certificate

  1. This Apprentice Field Guide Certificate will be your admission and ticket to join the Ulovane 4 Week (28 Days) Onsite Practical Training Course, at our campus based on Amakhala Game Reserve, to pursue your FGASA Apprentice Field Guide Qualification. This 4 Week Onsite Practical Training Course will guide you through your FGASA practical workbook assignments and prepare you for your practical assessment.
  2. Alternatively, after successfully completing your apprentice Field Guide certificate and you have the desire to practical experience and apply the theory you have discovered, but you are not interested in the pressure of completing your guiding qualification, then you have the option of joining the Ulovane 4 week Environmental Explorer Experience. 

“Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. But how do you begin to describe its magic to someone who has never felt it? How can you explain the fascination of this vast, dusty continent, whose oldest roads are elephant paths? Could it be because Africa is the place of all our beginnings, the cradle of mankind, where our species first stood upright on the savannahs of long ago?”

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