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Tourism & Hospitality Management Diploma – Adventure Guiding

North Island College
Program overview
2 years
Diploma / certificate
English
Start dates
British Columbia
September 2022

British Columbia
September 2023

British Columbia
September 2024
North Island College

Program description

Tourism & Hospitality Management Diploma – Adventure Guiding

Train on Vancouver Island to become an adventure guide and gain the skills to own or operate an adventure tourism business. Develop essential knowledge to work across cultures, with consideration towards environmental sustainability and risk management. Balance classroom theory with applied learning.

The adventure guiding option is designed for students who wish to have it all - to gain the skills necessary to be an adventure guide working in the outdoors but who also want to gain the business skills necessary to operate or own an adventure business. In your first year, you will receive a balance of hands-on learning and theoretical classroom learning. You will develop essential knowledge for working across cultures, with consideration toward environmental sustainability and risk management. In your second year, you will develop a broader understanding of the tourism sector while further refining your field guiding skills. This diploma option pairs our popular Adventure Guiding Certificate  with elements of the Tourism & Hospitality Management diploma.

Admission requirements

  1. C in English 12, IELTS 6.0 with no band less than 5.5, or equivalent
  2. C in one of Applications of Math 11 or Foundations of Math 11; or B in one of Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11 or Workplace Math 11; or successful completion of MAT-033; or completion of Principles of Math 11 or Pre-calculus 11, or assessment
  3. Adventure Guiding option applicants must also complete the medical forms and physician's assessment as required for admission to the Adventure Guiding Certificate.

In addition to above academic requirements, high school graduation requirement and English proficiency requirement apply to all international applicants.

For more information, please visit the institute website


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Program content

Year 1

Year 1 and parts of year 2 of the Adventure Guiding option are offered on a cost recovery basis. Tuition for the field focused skills reflects the cost of delivery and industry certification. This diploma option pairs our popular Adventure Guiding certificate with elements of the Tourism & Hospitality Management diploma.

Field Focused

Core Competencies

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

Field Skill Options

Two field skill electives totaling 4 credits are required to meet program requirements. Students may choose additional field skill electives, in which case additional charges will be incurred.

  • 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

Year 2

  • Financial Accounting Fundamentals
  • Principles of Marketing
  • The Tourism Industry OR Tourism & Hospitality Law and Ethics
  • Human Resources Management
  • Leadership & Management
  • Tourism & Hospitality Managerial Accounting OR Management Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship in Tourism

Plus choose one course (3 credits) from the following:

  • Accommodating Your Guest
  • Food & Beverage Service
  • Mixology & Oenology
  • Tourism & Hospitality - Year 2 Field Trip

Plus choose one course (3 credits) from the following:

  • Introduction to Social Media
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Computer Applications for Business
  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • Environment, Society & Sustainability
  • Essay Writing & Indigenous Perspectives
  • Indigenous Literatures in Canada
  • Travel Writing
  • Tourism & Hospitality - Year 2 Field Trip

In addition, choose a minimum of three from the following 2 credit field courses (min. of 6 credits total):

  • 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)

Co-op – mandatory for all students

Students must complete in the Fall term as a prerequisite to Co-operative Education Internship Work Term in the Spring. Co-op work terms must be completed between first and second term for full-time students and prior to the last course term for part-time students.

  • Co-operative Education Pre-Employment Seminar
  • Co-operative Education Internship Work Term

Scholarships & funding

North Island College offers scholarship opportunities to new students. For details please visit the institute website.

Tuition fees

For more information regarding tuition fees, please visit the website.

Career opportunities

As a graduate you will be qualified for employment in all areas of the tourism and hospitality industry, including luxury hotels, ski and golf resorts, restaurants, tourism services and the travel trade. Some graduates have chosen to operate their own tourism business, while many others choose to work in small or large tourism organizations on Vancouver Island, Whistler, Vancouver and elsewhere in Canada. The possibilities are endless.

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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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North Island College

2300 Ryan Rd
V9N 8N6 Courtenay BC
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