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ARH Practice & Assessment

The experienced team at Lowveld Trails Co. are accredited Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) assessors that conduct Advanced Rifle Handling (ARH) practice and assessments in the Hoedspruit area.

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What to Expect

According to the FGASA standard, Trails Guides are required to successfully complete an ARH assessment, and remain current, in order to conduct guided walks in a dangerous game environment.

The ARH qualification is valid for 3 years, although we encourage Trails Guides to practice shooting as regularly as possible. Each candidate will be required to have the following in place in order to book their ARH assessment:

  • Must have attained the three required Unit Standards through the Professional Firearm Trainers Council (PFTC) – this is a once off and must be done before your first assessment
  • FGASA Apprentice Field Guide qualification (NQF2)
  • Must be a paid-up member of FGASA

Those who do not require the FGASA qualification, but are interested in joining purely for practice, or for the experience of handling a rifle are also welcome to book, and will not be required to attain the PFTC Unit Standards.

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PFTC Unit Standards

Each candidate will be required to have an Apprentice Field Guide qualification in place, and will have to attain the required Unit Standards through the Professional Firearm Trainers Council (PFTC) before an ARH assessment may take place. The three Unit Standards are:

Each candidate will additionally have to be a paid-up member of FGASA, and have a valid First Aid Certificate in order to secure an assessment date.

Book your Spot

Advanced Rifle Handling Practice & Assessment days are scheduled throughout the year and take place over two consecutive days; on day 1 the focus is on ARH Practice and on day 2 participants complete their FGASA ARH Assessment.

You are welcome to book for both days or for each day individually.

Practice Day Rate | ZAR 800 /person/day

Assessment Day Rate | ZAR 1 600 /person/day

Rifle & Ammo Rental Rate | ZAR 1 600 /person/day

 2024 Scheduled Dates

13 & 14 Feb | 16 & 17 Apr | 14 & 15 May | 25 & 26 Jun

23 & 24 Jul | 20 & 21 Aug | 17 & 18 Oct

What you need to know:

The ARH Practice & Assessment is conducted at Moholoholo Shooting Range.

What you need to bring:

5kg backpack, hat, sunscreen, water & light snack. Be sure to wear closed shoes, belt and a button-up shirt.

We will provide you with ear protection.

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"I didn’t pass my ARH assessment today. However, I’m really thankful for the experience with Lowveld Trails. The instructors and assessor were very professional and friendly, and they created a relaxed but safe environment on the range. It was a much more pleasant experience than my previous ARH assessments. Communications pre-course were very clear and it was an easy process to get booked on. Your team were very prompt to responding to my enquiry and the following admin related matters. Really positive experience with Lowveld trails and would happily do another course with you guys in future. Thank you very much to everyone in your team."
Henry de Thierry
July 2023 ARH Practice & Assessment