Become Accredited or a Member...........

Before Customers Start Turning Away!

 
The PFIGA Accreditation or Membership is open to anyone who is in business in Australia as a professional fishing instructor or guide and can satisfy the requirements of our Accreditation or Membership application process. The PFIGA exists for three primary reasons:
  • To represent the views of professional fishing guides and instructors.
  • To provide an accreditation and benchmark process for fishing guides.
  • To provide a range of membership benefits to reduce business costs.
 
Accross Australia, the PFIGA is now recognised by most industry organisations and government bodies as representing professional guides.
 
 

Already Guiding or Running a Fee For Service Fishing Operation?

 

 

If you're in business as a professional fishing guide or instructor, becoming a member of the PFIGA is important. There are plenty of people who are charging recreational anglers to take them fishing. Many of them are doing it on the basis of defraying some of the costs of their own fishing activity. The Australian Tax Office would describe this as a hobby activity. They are not professional fishing guides and they often cause bad publicity for real professionals.
The PFIGA was formed originally to provide a means of accreditation for members, to differentiate them from these amateurs.
 
If you wish to be accepted as a professional, you need to become a member and become recongnised by the community as a member of a professional body that represents your profession.
You can download the membership application Here. Membership Application.
 
 
Benefits of being a Member

Fee for service fishing operators/businesses have the ability to become either a PFIGA Member or gain Accreditation with the PFIGA. They are different though.

The PFIGA logo and our various promotional activities have had success in establishing a "brand" recognised by the public. Increasingly, accreditation is expected by people before they do business with anyone. As the PFIGA brand continues to gain acceptance and recognition, those who are unable to display it will find their business suffering.

 

In purely monetary terms, the cost of joining the PFIGA can be recouped many times over by reducing your business costs through group discounts available to members. The association now has sponsors offering members significant discounts on all kinds of fishing tackle and associated products.

Joining the PFIGA as a Member isn't difficult if you're a professional fishing instructor or guide. First step is to contact the Recruiting Officer whom will explain what is required and answer your questions. There is an email link on our contact page as well as phone numbers and other details. Applications forms are able to be downloaded via the link at the top of this page.

Full membership of the PFIGA requires you to satisfy the association committee that you meet the standards required by our accreditation process. You provide information to the committee by completing the application form and sending it, together with copies of various required documents, to the recruiting officer with a cheque for the application fee and membership fee.

 

To gain full membership, you must have been running a successful guiding business for some time. Provisional membership is available to those who meet the required standards except that they have no guiding history yet.  

 

Accreditation
If you wish to take your business to the peak level and truly benchmark your business to be recognised as an industry leader, than you should become Accredited.

Accreditation is far more comprehensive than a Membership application but those with established businesses should have little difficulty in meeting the accreditation requirements. However, the form may also be viewed as a template to assist new businesses to improve their operations.

Please see the following links for the Accreditation Application and relevant documentation applicable from June 2011. "Please Note You Must Be A PFIGA Member before you can proceed with the Accreditation Application."
 
 
The PFIGA Accreditation has now been approved by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and is on the list of approved Accreditations applicable to gaining an Ecopass for guiding in National Parks as of December 2011.
 
http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/parksecopass/applicationinfo.htm
 
As of December 2011, the PFIGA Accreditation has been approved by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service as an eligible Accreditation required to gain approval for the 3 year Ecopass.
 


The association executive has been active for several years in discussions with government departments and ministers to ensure that the views and needs of professional guides receive due consideration when policies and regulations are formulated.

 

 



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Industry Support - Letter of Support from DPI
 
 
Ms Melanie Young
Secretary
Professional Fishing Instructors & Guides Association
PMB 5
Jindabyne NSW 2627


Dear Ms Young
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your standards for accreditation for membership to the Professional Fishing Instructors & Guides Association (PFIGA).  
 
Recreational fishing is a popular and healthy activity enjoyed by many and is one of the most prevalent community pastimes of the nation.
 
Fishing guides / instructors play an important role in improving recreational fishing as they provide a means for people to come together to improve their fishing techniques and to learn more about fish species and their environments, and more importantly, on how best to catch them.  
 
We support the accreditation standards of the PFIGA, which promote best practice fishing techniques, which aim to enhance community understanding of, and involvement in, safe and responsible fishing.  
 
It is important that recreational fishing is conducted in an environmentally and socially responsible manner to ensure sustainability of fish stocks and continued investment in the industry.  
 
Once again I commend you on your initiative in applying accreditation standards for membership to your organisation.  We support any measures which aim to improve management of recreational fishing.  

Yours sincerely



Cameron Westaway
Senior Fisheries Manager (Inland & Abalone)
 


 
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