The process of getting a Professional Hunter or Professional Safari Guide qualification in Zimbabwe is extremely demanding and the qualification is justifiably highly respected internationally.
The Professional certification can only be undertaken a minimum of two years after obtaining the Learner Hunters and Guides qualification, during which time you have to be an apprentice under the supervision of a registered Professional Hunter or Safari Guide.
For the details of what is involved in becoming a Professional Hunter or Safari Guide look at the ZPHGA site (http://zphga.org/).
In general you have to:
- Have been involved in the full range of hunter/ safari guide/hospitality activities;
- Taken part in a number of successful dangerous game hunts;
- Have a detailed logbook recording all relevant activities that you have been engage with;
- Have a letter of recommendation from your supervising Professional to the Examining Board stating that s/he supports the apprentice’s application;
- Have an Advanced 1st Aid certificate;
- Attend a Shooting Exam held by National Parks and the Zimbabwe Shooting Federation, in Bulawayo and Harare;
- Attend an interview in Harare or Bulawayo, held by National Parks/ZPHGA;
- Be invited to the SEVEN day extremely demanding practical Proficiency Exam process.