Funded Skills Program Application

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A funding window has just opened where we can apply for funding for you to complete the Generic Adventure Site Guide (GASG) Skills Program completely free of charge. Funding is not guaranteed until approved by the funding agency, but we do our best to obtain it for you.

There are some conditions:

  1. You must already be working as a Guide, full or part time even if it is as a self employed person.
  2. You must have at least 21 days experience in the activity you offer as an Adventure Guide. You must already have some technical skills in at least one activity. (Climbing, paddling, Zip Lines, Bungee, MTB etc etc. Any Adventure Activities can apply)
  3. If the program is approved by the funding agency, you will:
    1. Attend up to 15 days face to face training at a venue and time agreed upon. This may be spread over 4-5 months.
    2. Attend 2-3 days of assessment at the end.
    3. Be required to gain at least 21 days real work experience as a Guide.
  4. Have a valid identity document of passport.
  5. Have a working email address you check regularly. (This is important)
  6. Be able to read and write English and use a computer for email purposes, and if you wish to complete some written tasks.
  7. Agree to complete the course which will be spread over 6 months. We discuss with you a schedule and agree on training times. Usually it involves an initial 5 days continuous training as a group and then further days training as agreed between us. Learners who drop out the course may have to repay any costs involved.
  8. Transport, meals etc are NOT supplied. Only the cost of Training and Assessment is covered. Also no stipends or payments will be paid to you. We do try to arrange the training in groups and a venue you can all reach easily.

We do not yet know when the actual course will start. Either in December of early 2016. It usually lasts 6 months in total. Most of the process will be in your normal workplace, but about 10 days will be at a central training venue near you.

RiverZipWe recently completed a similar project in Parys for the Vrederfort Dome Tour Guides Association training 30 Guides. Some details about this project are available from the following links:

  1. Twitter Feed
  2. Facebook
  3. Newspapers


We are also seeking busy Adventure Companies who are willing to act as employers for this project. It does not cost you anything and there are great Tax rebates available. Please Contact Us if you are interested, or you can fill in the application form.

Employers Application

Please note: that there is no reason an employer cannot make this application to CATHSSETA directly themselves. You are not bound to work through AQN, but having done this 5 times now, we are well aware of the pitfalls and hurdles that need to be overcome.

Guides Application Process

If you are interested in applying, please click the Application Form title below and the application will open.

Read it all through BEFORE starting to fill it in. You may need to go away and collect some of the information needed first. You must complete the application in one go as you cannot save drafts.





Funded Skills Program Application


Click title above to open Application Form. All fields must be completed.

Generic Adventure Site Guide Skills Program

NQF Level 4 (48 - 60 Credits)

This is just an expression of interest. You can withdraw at any time up till the final application has been approved and you are happy with the conditions. Only once the course has started are you compelled to complete the process.
First name as written in your ID
Last name as written in your ID
Enter Email
Confirm Email
Street not PO Box numbers
Local/District Municipality:
If different to residential address
Including code
Maximum upload size: 134.22MB
If you cannot do this right now, you will need to provide it when we email you to ask for it. It will save time if you supply it now. Must be JPG or PDF format. It must be photo ID.
If self employed use your own company name
If self employed use your own website
Skills Development Levy
Your Employers
Your Employers
Your Employers
It is unlikely that CATHSSETA will accept applications from people with no guiding experience, but we will try anyway. These programmes are intended to upskill and get existing guides legal, but if there is space and funding they may accept this application
Only official SAQA / CATHSSETA / THETA qualifications
One on each line. This should include all qualifications relating to adventure/outdoor activities. (MDT, APA etc)


There are certain conditions attached to you receiving this free training and qualification. All Guides wishing to receive this training must agree to these conditions. These conditions are not difficult to meet and will ensure that you get the best out of this opportunity.

Please read each condition below and tick the boxes when you agree.

Only once final approval is received from the Funding Agency will this training start. You will be kept informed by email of how things are progressing.
Cancellation of the contract in any other way could mean you will have to repay all monies spent or a portion thereof depending on time of termination.
These will be scheduled in a way that suits all participants.
These will be detailed to you and agreed upon before starting.
These details will be negotiated and agreed with you prior to final acceptance. Do not worry we make sure it all fits in with your other commitments.