For aspiring Outdoor Leaders

Begin an exciting new career in Canada’s Outdoor Industry.

Start your Outdoor Career

The path to becoming an Outdoor Leader

Broken up into two formats (Access and Intensive) to fit any schedule, this program will introduce participants to the ins-and-outs of what it takes to become a professional Outdoor Leader in Canada.

Depending on the program format and date that you choose, your program will either take place in an Urban or Wilderness setting. We also offer an optional Outdoor Journey for interested participants.

*Please note: acceptance into one program does not guarantee acceptance into another program or certification. Please see eligibility criteria for certification courses.

Program Modules

During the Foundations program, you will learn about a series of topics, including but not limited to:

Career Pathways in the Outdoors

Learn how to become an Outdoor Professional in Canada’s Outdoor Industry.

Trip Planning & Prep

Learn the ins and outs of how to plan and prepare for your own outdoor journey.

Outdoor Leadership 101

Introduce yourself to the world of Outdoor Leadership and learn about risk management, group facilitation, and teaching and learning in the outdoors.

Interpretive Guides Association Apprentice Interpreter

This IGA-led course is a component of becoming an Outdoor Leader in Canada’s Outdoor Industry.

Outdoor Council of Canada: Field Leader (Hiking)

Similar to the IGA, this certification is another component of becoming an Outdoor Leader in Canada’s Outdoor Industry.

Foundations Level Programs

Select your desired program location:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Virtual Information Sessions

Join us for our next virtual informational session to learn all about our programs, certifications and ask any questions that you might have!

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