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Adventure Guiding Certificate

North Island College
Program overview
1 year
Diploma / certificate
16,555 CAD
Start dates
British Columbia
September 2020  (English)
September 2021  (English)
September 2022  (English)
North Island College

Program description

Adventure Guiding Certificate

Prepare to work as a guide in BC’s growing adventure tourism sector. Develop field skills such as sea kayaking, river rafting, sailing, ski touring, mountaineering, interpretation, leadership, wilderness first aid, navigation and more. Train, then work in amazing locations.nities.

Admission requirements

  1. C in one of Provincial English 12, English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG-096, or ENG-098; or C+ in ESL-092 and ESL-095; or equivalent assessment; and
  2. C+ in one of Principles of Math 10, Foundations & PreCalculus Math 10, Apprenticeship & Workplace Math 11, Workplace Math 11, NIC Math-033, or successful NIC math assessment.
  3. Or, permission of the department.
  4. Completed medical forms and physician's assessment.

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Program content

Field Focused

Core Competencies

  • Guiding Skills 1
  • Interpretation
  • Sea Kayaking 1
  • Sea Kayaking 2
  • Guiding Skills 2
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Work Placement
  • Restricted Operator Certificate - Maritime
  • SuperHost Foundations of Service Quality
  • FoodSafe Level 1

Field Skill Options

  • Wildlife Viewing
  • River Rafting 1
  • Canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Mountain Skills 1
  • Winter Mountain Travel 1
  • Rock Skills 1
  • River Rafting 2
  • Field Specialty Option 1 (Please discuss with coordinator)
  • Field Specialty Option 2 (Please discuss with coordinator)

Applied Theory

  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Tourism & Hospitality Law and Ethics or The Tourism Industry
  • Cross Cultural Tourism
  • Effective Organizational Writing or Essay Writing and Critical Analysis

Tuition fees

The full tuition price for domestic students is $9325. The price for International students is $16555.

Career opportunities

Go further with your Outdoor Leadership Career

Qualify for entry-level leadership and guiding positions with sea kayaking and river rafting companies, coastal and mountain resorts, sailboat-based tours, whale and wildlife tour operators, outdoor centres, youth wilderness programs and camps, adventure therapy programs, interpretative centres and other rewarding settings.

You will be well-prepared with relevant outdoor leadership skills that transfer across a variety of career paths and professions such as conservation officer, park ranger, teacher, community recreation programmer, field researcher or assistant (biology, geology, etc.), professional ski patroller and other industries and services.

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About this institute

North Island College

North Island College

Located on beautiful Vancouver Island, West Coast of Canada, North Island College is a small public college which offers many programs including certificates, diplomas, a degree in business, and post degree diplomas. Areas of study include university transfer in the...

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Why study at North Island College

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Canada has been ranked the #1 study abroad country in the world for 2020! Known for its untouched natural beauty, friendly and welcoming locals, and a culture of tolerance and diversity, Canada is a clear choice for students looking to study abroad.

Contact info

North Island College

2300 Ryan Rd
V9N 8N6 Courtenay BC

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