The Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association is an independent non-profit making body created for the certification of Safari Driver Guides, Lodge Naturalists and other individuals within the Tourism Sector. The KPSGA’s aim is to provide an effective, inexpensive and voluntary certification process giving awards of Bronze, Silver and Gold standards through an examination process.
Those who qualify to sit the test are Professional Safari Guides, Lodge Naturalists, Safari Driver-guides and others in the Tourism Safari Industry. Several years field experience in the wildlife safari industry is adequate in order to take the first exam [Bronze-Level]. Progression up the various categories will be based on merit alone.
Eligibility requirement to sit for the KPSGA exams:
1) Bronze: Candidates need not have experience in the field, but should be in the tourism industry or should have proof of some tourism related qualification
2) Silver: Guides must have three (3) additional years in the field, as current KPSGA members at Bronze-Level.
3) Gold: Guides must have an additional three (3) years in the field, as current KPSGA members at Silver-Level.
KPSGA continues to operate in cooperation with Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife [MOTW], Kenya Wildlife Service [KWS], Kenya Association of Tour Operators [KATO], the National Museums of Kenya and the various County government.
Exact dates for the exams can be found on the EXAM DATES page.
The Association's Constitution state that three years must elapse before candidates are eligible to proceed to the next level.
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