Become a Tourism Entrepreneur!

 

PROVINCIAL TOURIST GUIDE TRAINING

 

This training program gives you all the necessary tools to become established in the tourism industry is as a tourism entrepreneur.

Unlike a generic and exclusive nature guiding or field guiding qualification which allows you to work in one specific location, most often for a lodge owner, this qualification allows you to travel to nature- and culture destinations of your own choice. You will also be an entrepreneur running your own tourism enterprise, and not working for somebody else.

First you must qualify as a Provincial Tourist Guide…then getting exposure by guiding tourists for other tour operators.

Once you have gained sufficient guiding experience, you can develop your own tours and market them globally…and then you are running!

There is actually no better or quicker way. University tourism graduates confirmed what they expected to learn over the 4 years at university, they experienced and learned from us!

 

 

The Qualification

Further Education and Training Certificate : Tourism : Guiding (NQF4)

SAQA Qualification ID:  71549 – 144 Credits (plus 17 more credits)

The learner is trained and qualified for the full range of Core- and Fundamental Unit Standards as required for all national tourist guiding qualifications, and then also and more specifically for the following Elective Unit Standards:

·        U/S 335799 – Conduct a guided nature experience (NQF4) – 7 Credits

·        U/S 335815 – Conduct a guided biome experience (NQF4) – all the biomes found in the 3 provinces of choice - 10 credits

·        U/S 335802 – Conduct a guided cultural experience (NQF4) Culture Guiding of three provinces of choice

We train learners under the CATHSSETA-accredited training provider STEDT

 

Who must consider this qualification?

If you consider a career in tourism, this is the ideal point of departure. This qualification forms the foundation to launch your tourism career, indifferent whether you eventually want to specialize in nature-, culture- or adventure tourism.

It is also very popular for young people who are about to start studying at other tertiary institutions. Especially those who will be studying for extended periods at university in medicine, veterinary science and others. This allows such students the opportunity to earn good money during their student vacations as a tourist guide.

Gap year candidates who plan to study later in their careers of choice.  

If your entrepreneurial skills are good enough, you can make tourism your main business, or else develop your tourism business in parallel to your main business. 

 

The Tourism Career Path for Successful Candidates of this Program

This qualification is the point of departure to a wonderful and exhilarating career in tourism – the starting point to developing into a tourism entrepreneur!

Learners who are assessed as competent will receive the FET Certificate: Tourism: Guiding (NQF4) (Provincial)  from CATHSSETA as Provincial Tourist Guides (for the province of choice), which will be issued by CATHSSETA in due course after being moderated and processed.

We train learners on a higher level than the prescribed minimum required by the accredited training programs, and we give recognition to successful candidates by issuing them with Tour Guiding Leadership Certificates.

Candidates doing the 2-week Theoretical Program:

·       Tour Guiding Leadership Certificate in Tourist Guiding – Level 1 Basic – 1 Province (name of specific province)

o   The candidates doing the 2-week theoretical training program, we qualify to enter the tourism market by making themselves available to tour operators at large, or to attend future training programs to build themselves out in a wide selection of tourist guiding skills. We could be looking at the top performers on the 2 week program and propose to them to attend specific selected training programs based on aptitude, to build them out for a career in tourism.

o   Successful candidates will be able to attend certain of training programs offered in 2020 by the Tour Guiding Leadership – STEDT association, with focus on nature-, culture- and adventure-based learning. On various of these training programs, specifically in adventure- and nature- based training, candidates must adhere to certain minimum criteria in order to be accepted onto the program.   

Candidates doing the 3-week Theoretical Program:

·       Tour Guiding Leadership Certificate in Tourist Guiding – Level 1 Intermediate – 1 Province (name of specific province)

o   To the top preforming candidates (based on certain criteria and aptitude) we offer the opportunity to be fast-tracked onto a different career path in tourism, as we will involve such candidates in hands-on training to mentor and tutor them through more direct exposure in our own tourism operation.

o   This is a real opportunity to become a multiple-skilled guide, and we can highly recommend this route.

o   Successful candidates and top performers in this group will be given preference able to attend many of the wide variety of training programs offered in 2020 by the Tour Guiding Leadership – STEDT association, with focus on nature-, culture- and adventure-based learning. On various of these training programs, specifically in adventure- and nature- based training, candidates must adhere to certain minimum criteria in order to be accepted onto the program.   

 

 Location of Training

Limpopo Valley in Musina District

Training is conducted in the beautiful Limpopo Valley in the Musina district, between the magnificent baobabs in predominantly mopane veld.

The nature here is ideal to do the full spectrum of the nature subjects, as well as we will do a lot of field work and tracking introduction. You will also get an introduction into do some leopard tourism.

 

 

Accommodation & Meals

We take a maximum of 12 learners per program, who will share 6 double bedrooms.


 

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Our Zulu chef Themba will prepare 3 meals per day on the 2 week program.

In the 3 week program we will have 2 of our chefs on site to assist the lerners who will work in teams to prepare foor fine dine style! This will be an introduction to later training programs where you will be trained in more depth in the art of preparing food for guests. On this program you will also learn to bake bread. During this program one of our Zimbabwean chefs will join Themba. The Zimbabwean chefs are experts to also cook delicious meals all on and around the fire!    

 

 

 

Program Content

Nature Tourism Training on NQF4 level

We train the learner to meet the minimum requirements of the following unit standards required for the qualification.

We are however training the learner on a higher level than above, as want to train you to be a top-quality nature guide!

We will do the following nature subjects with you

1.     Amphibia – identify and know interesting facts of a number of selected frog and toad species of SA.

2.     Animal Behaviour – ethology, senses in mammals, communication in mammals using senses, and we focus more on general behaviour in the social life of groups (antelopes, cats, hyenas, etc), but also of specific important animals in the dangerous game category.

3.     Arthropoda – identify and know interesting facts of a number of selected and more generally encountered insect, spider, scorpion families of SA.

4.     Astronomy – more in depth study of stars, our Sun, globular star clusters, galaxies, nebulae, comets, meteors, meteorites, birth of a star, life cycle of the different types of stars, star luminosity, stellar colour spectra–temperatures-age relationships, and focus more specific on constellations, our own cosmic address in an intergalactic sense in the Universe. We use star maps and find as many constellations as possible for the time of the year.

5.     Biomes – the biomes of SA in more depth

6.     Birds – flight, breeding, defence & survival, food & feeding, general behaviour, birds of prey, and then we focus on building out your list of birds to identify on sight and sound, and more

7.     Botany – plants in the different vegetation types of the 9 biomes of SA, interpreting year rings, traditional uses of plants, use the key to tree families in tree & shrub identification, build a tree and shrub list of interesting endemic species and know interesting facts & traditional uses and medicinal uses.

8.     Bushcraft – during this phase we will assist you to fine-tune your senses through a series of exercises, in such a way that you will experience nature much more intensely. You will develop a deeper awareness of your natural surroundings. You will develop a different level of awareness or consciousness of your surroundings and will be more in harmony and balance with your surroundings. 

9.     Climatology & Weather – relationship between air pressure and wind, types of winds, general atmospheric  circulation (meridional, primary, secondary, tertiary), weather processes.

10.  Conservation – in more depth (SANParks, Transfrontier Parks, Provincial Reserves)

11.  Ecology – population dynamics & ecology, abiotic components, biotic components, interspecies interactions, communities, relationship between soil type-vegetation-fauna

12.  Geology – geological maps, stratigraphy, plate-tectonics, folding, faulting, cleavage, mountain building,  SA geological history

13.  Heritage Guiding – archaeological guiding, rock art in more depth

14.  Mammalia –study in more depth a number of selected South African land mammals and to know them in depth in terms of Prime Activity Periods, Social Nature, Habitat, Diet, Breeding Period, Gestation, Birth Peaks, Special Features, Predators and Predator Avoidance, Lifestyle, Population Dynamics, Interactions & Relationships with other wildlife. We also focus on general questions asked the flagship species by guests and tourists.  

15.  Oceanography – Indian Ocean vs..Atlantic Ocean, estuaries and the open sea, mangrove swamps, the physical environment (temperature, salinity, water density), Agulhas Current, Agulhas Bank, Benguela  System, oceanic fronts, red-water outbreaks, ocean ecosystems

16.  Reptilia – external covering, shape & size, colouring and markings, distribution & habitat, food, reproduction, hibernation & growth, senses, locomotion, speed of movement, longevity, enemies, sounds, temperature tolerance, parasites & diseases, superstitions & beliefs, uses, venoms, snakebite & treatment.

17.  Explore and Learn - distinguish yourself from other nature or field guides by adding a number of the often neglected animals to your nature knowledge bank. Learn some interesting facts about each. 

18.  Nature Observation - we fine-tine your senses to enhance your nature observation skills

19.  Survival (no eating of insects and other things) - navigation during day and night, where and how to look for water, making fire, making ropes, basic survival skills

20.  More Advanced Astronomy - Identify 15 constellations, know facts about the stars, star clusters and nebulae in these constellations and know their mythology.

21.  Bird Identification - how to identify birds, bird groups

22.  Introduction the Tracking qualifications - track identification with our own developed track chart, introductions to basic tracking skills

23.  Leopard Tourism – we give you an introduction into leopard tourism. We do some practical leopard fieldwork.

 

Please Note: We do practical field work daily during which we prepare the learners for their practical assessments as a nature guide on the last 2 days of the scheduled program

 

Additional Training - Period 4-22 November 2019

Supplementary and non-accredited – not to be assessed.

1.     Explore and Learn

·       Distinguish yourself from other nature or field guides by adding these 250 often neglected animals to your nature knowledge bank. Learn some interesting facts about each. 

2.     Nature Observation

·       We fine-tine your senses to enhance your nature observation skills

3.     Bushcraft

·       Create a deeper awareness to your natural surroundings.

·       Movement and camouflage

·       Stalking techniques

4.     Survival (no eating of insects and other things)

·       Navigation during day and night

·       Where and how to look for water

·        Making fire

·       Making ropes

·       Basic survival skills

5.     More Advanced Astronomy

·       Identify an additional 12 constellations and know their mythology.

6.     Birding

·       How to identify birds

·       Bird groups

7.     Introduction to the Tracking qualifications & Leopard Tourism

·       Track identification with our own developed track chart

·       Introductions to basic tracking skills

·       Introduction to Leopard Tourism

 

Culture Tourism Training on NQF4 level

We offer the learner the opportunity to qualify one province of his/her choice. During the training we prepare and train the learner in all the outcomes of the following unit standard.

·        U/S 335802 – Conduct a guided cultural experience (NQF4) Culture Guiding (one province)

 

Additional Training - Period 4-22 November 2019  

Supplementary and non-accredited – not to be assessed.

 

·       Tourism Entrepreneurship

·       What is tourism?

·       The tourism system and the major role players. 

·       South African tourism market studies.

·       Tourism management, marketing and research.

·       Strategic management.

·       Business plan.

·       Food Preparation & Fine Dine Introduction

·       Introduction to Linguistic Training

·       Introduction into our CREATY MY OWN DESTINY PROGRAM


 

 

Scheduled Dates

Theoretical & Practical Training:

·        4-22 November 2019

·        25 November – 6 December 2019

Practical Assessment for Nature 

·        As we do a lot of practical application and preparation during the training program, we have found many learners to be ready for the summative practical assessment on Nature on the last day of the Theoretical & Practical Training. For those students who would like to be assessed on the last 2 days of the Theoretical & Practical Training Program, you are welcome. For those students who would like to be assessed on the Rounding-off Session for Nature and Culture, you are welcome.

Rounding-off Learners & Assessments on Nature (Theoretical) and Culture (Theoretical & Practical):

We are scheduling 3 different weeks for rounding off and assessment of our learners on these 2 training programs. Some learners might be ready earlier than others and might want to be rounded off and assessed earlier. Learners might attend any or or many of these Rounding-off weeks as they want.

6-10 January 2020

24-28 February 2020

2-6 March 2020

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Cost:

FET Certificate : Tourism : Guiding (NQF4) – One Province of Choice

Theoretical Training Course

·        Course and Registration Fees – R16.700

·        Accommodation and 3 meals per day – (R3.500 - 4-22 November) (R2.200 - 25 Nov to 6 Dec)

 

Rounding-off & Assessement week (per learner per week)

·        Training, Coaching, Assessment & Accommodation and Meals R1.800

 

Please Note:

We take only 12 learners per scheduled training period.

Learners are welcome to travel to and from us by bus (Greyhound and others) from Johannesburg to Musina. We will pick up / drop off  learners at the busstop.

 

 

Payment:

·        Upon receipt of the course fees the study material will be couriered to the learner.

·        Learner must pay the accommodation and meals fee upon arrival