Alberta Foundations Level Program


This program is for folks looking to learn more about the outdoor industry as a career path and begin to build their skill set. Comprised of three Centre-based Learning Modules and an optional 5-day Outdoor Journey, this program will introduce participants to the skills and foundational knowledge needed to begin their journey to become an outdoor leader, instructor, or facilitator.

Access vs. Intensive Format

We know that you have a busy life with many different responsibilities. So, in order to make this program more accessible, we are offering two different formats: Access or Intensive.

The Access format takes place at an urban or outdoor centre over the span of three separate pairs of days. Workshops are offered during the day and participants can return home each evening.

The Intensive format takes place at an outdoor centre where participants will live in shared accommodation for six days. All meals and accommodation will be provided in the Intensive format.

Centre-based Learning Workshops

Some additional workshops that you can look forward to include:

Group facilitation & experiential learning
risk management & decision making
trip planning
group development
interpretive skills
Environmental ethics
CENTRE-BASED LOCATION (ACCESS)

Heritage Hall Classroom, SAIT Campus, Calgary

CENTRE-BASED DATES (ACCESS)
  • Module 1: April 13-14, 2024
  • Module 2: April 27-28, 2024
  • Module 3: May 11-12, 2024

Application status will be communicated the week of:
March 1, 2024
*Note: applications will continue to be accepted past this date.

CENTRE-BASED LOCATION (INTENSIVE)

UofC Barrier Field Research Station, Kananaskis
*Note: Transportation will be provided from Calgary Airport.

CENTRE-BASED DATE (INTENSIVE)

September 6-11, 2024
Application status will be communicated the week of:
May 3, 2024
*Note: applications will continue to be accepted past this date.

Optional outdoor journey STARTING location

Outward Bound Canada Rockies Office, Canmore
*Note: Transportation will be provided from Calgary Airport.

Optional outdoor journey dates
  • Option 1: July 29-August 2, 2024
    Application status will be communicated the week of:
    March 29, 2024
    *Note: applications will continue to be accepted past this date.
  • Option 2: August 12-16, 2024
    Application status will be communicated the week of:
    March 29, 2024
    *Note: applications will continue to be accepted past this date.
  • Option 3: September 13-17, 2024
    Application status will be communicated the week of:
    May 3, 2024
    *Note: applications will continue to be accepted past this date.
Activity

Hiking

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Optional Outdoor Journey

This portion of the program is designed to introduce you to the technical and human skills and knowledge needed to travel safely in a wilderness environment. 

In the Rockies, two different journey formats are available: a “Basecamp” style journey and a “Travel” Journey. The Basecamp-style Journey will involve backpacking a short distance to a backcountry campsite on the first day, then basecamping for 1-2 nights to enjoy opportunities for day hikes before hiking back out to the trailhead on the final day. This option is suitable for hikers of all skill levels. The Travel-style Journey will involve packing up and moving camp each day, and hiking with a full backpack between campsites. This trip is designed for hikers who crave adventure and a greater challenge both physically and mentally. 

Both options allow for you to practice technical skills and learn about the local area, as well as opportunities for group development and individual reflection. 

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 and/or Interpretative Guides Association Interpretive Specialist certificate.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Have a burning question? We probably have the answer for you! Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more.

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Virtual Information Sessions

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