Atlantic Canada 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

Camp Mockingee


September 20-26, 2024
*Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Optional outdoor journey STARTING location

Cape LaHave Adventures

Optional outdoor journey date

September 29-October 3, 2024
*Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


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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)

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    Virtual Information Sessions

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