KPSGA Membership is possible at 3 consecutive levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold
1) For the Bronze category, candidates need to have trained in any tourism related course, or have experience in the field, or should be working in the tourism industry.
This is the entry level category for membership, through which all members must go by passing the Bronze Level examination. The Bronze exam is a 100 question, multiple-choice, written exam covering a wide variety of topics pertinent to guiding in Kenya. These include: Birds, Mammals, Plants, Insects & Arachnids, Reptiles & Amphibians, Cultures & Tribes, Geography, History, Current Affairs, General Knowledge, Conservation, and First Aid.
In order to prepare for the Bronze exam, please review our full 'Recommended Reading List', which can be found HERE
2) For the Silver category, a guide must have accrued a minimum of three (3) additional years in the field, as a paid-up Bronze level member (last 3 years subs paid) before they're eligible to sit for the Silver exam.
This is an advanced level, attained by passing the Silver Level exam: a combination of short answer, long answer, and practical identification assessments. All topics covered in the Bronze exam are covered again in the Silver, but at an advanced level, with some additional topics, including Map Reading/Orientation and Ecology.
A hard copy of the "Silver Level Syllabus" can be bought from the KPSGA head office for KES 1,300/-
A full 'Recommended Reading List' can be found HERE
3) For the Gold category, a guide must have accrued a minimum of three (3) additional years in the field, as a paid-up Silver level member (last 3 years subs paid) before they're eligible to sit for the Gold exam.
This is currently the most advanced level attainable within the KPSGA framework, and Gold Level guides are considered by the KPSGA (and indeed industry-wide) to be among the best guides in Kenya. The Gold level exam entails a fair amount of preparation beforehand, with various submissions and vetting required before candidates head off to Naivasha for a 3-day assessment. Full details of the assessment are given to candidates upon application, but in general, this assessment covers essay questions, debates, guiding skills, and field assessments
A Gold Level guide is the ultimate ambassador for the KPSGA, for their company, and for Kenya as a whole, representing an exceptional level of knowledge and skills in the field, and offering safari experiences of the highest quality.