British Columbia 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 in an urban setting 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 4-6 participants will live in shared cabin-style dorms 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

Stanley Park Pavilion

*Limited Availability*

[Closed for Registration]

  • Module 1: March 9-10, 2024
  • Module 2: March 23-24, 2024
  • Module 3: April 6-7, 2024

*Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


Cowichan Lake Research Station


September 9-14, 2024
*Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Optional outdoor journey STARTING locationS
  • Smonecten Campground (June)
  • Camp Gilwell, Courtenay (September)
Optional outdoor journey dates
  • Option 1: June 23-28, 2024
    Activity: Sea Kayaking or Coastal Canoeing
  • Option 2: September 16-20, 2024
    Activity: Sea Kayaking or Coastal Canoeing

*Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


Sea Kayaking or Coastal Canoeing

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Optional Outdoor Journey

The Training Academy’s optional Outdoor Journeys will provide participants with direct, hands-on experience in wilderness travel and are intended for those interested in pursuing a career in Trip Leadership or Guiding.

You will spend one night preparing with your group and instructors at our base before heading out on a four day wilderness trip, including at least two nights at the same campsite. Our focus is on building comfort on the land and water,  and group cohesion while learning the introductory knowledge and technical skills needed to travel safely in an ocean environment.


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.


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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