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.
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 and/or Interpretative Guides Association Interpretive Specialist certificate.
Through this program, participants will have the opportunity to pursue some of the following certifications, depending on their region: 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.
Select a certification that you are interested in: