Differentiate your outdoor career

We offer free certifications and micro-credentials.

Creating more access in the Outdoors

Removing Financial Barriers

Funded by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program, we want to help create a more inclusive and diverse Outdoor Industry while helping to remove barriers for equity-seeking groups. Because of this, we are offering free outdoor certifications that are necessary for developing a fulfilling career in the outdoor sector.

Though offering free training and certifications is just a small piece of the puzzle, we hope that it allows us to further increase the visibility and mentorship of diverse guides and instructors.

Foundations Certifications

Entry-level Outdoor Leadership certifications will be a part of the Foundations level program. Depending on your region, these will include: the Outdoor Council of Canada: Field Leader (Hiking) and/or Interpretive Guides Association Apprentice Interpreter.

Essentials Certifications

Depending on your region, participants may have the opportunity to acquire some of the following certifications through the program, and/or be eligible to apply for a free certification opportunity: Wilderness First Responder (80 hours) or Wilderness Advanced First Aid (40 hours); Paddle Canada Coastal Canoe Skills (British Columbia); Paddle Canada Level 1 Sea Kayak Skills (British Columbia); Paddle Canada or ORCKA Moving Water Skills (Ontario); Paddle Canada or ORCKA Lake Water Skills (British Columbia, Ontario); Sea Kayak Guides Alliance Assistant Overnight Guide certification (AOG); Outdoor Council of Canada Field Leader; Wilderness Mental Health First Aid (offered as an online module in the Spring and Fall).

*Please note: preference for Essentials level certifications will be given to cultivate inclusivity; bestow equity and justice; promote the normalization of diverse folks within outdoor spaces; and create a community of Outdoor Leaders who can thrive and lead. 

Essentials Certifications

Select a certification that you are interested in:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Virtual Information Sessions

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