Live the dream with a certificate in Mountain Adventure Tourism. Indoor theory and outdoor training give students the soft adventure and nature interpretation skills needed for the growing adventure tourism industry.
$2,000 Bursaries Available
Accepted applicants, local and international, are eligible to receive a $2,000 bursary.
Grant for Columbia Basin, BC Residents
Apply before December 20, 2019 for the January 6, 2020 start date.
For a complete schedule and deadlines see our Schedules and Deadlines page.
Certificate in Mountain Adventure Tourism
This program has been reviewed and approved by the Registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.
As a graduate of this program you’ll have the credentials you need to advance your career as a:
- Horseback guide
- Snowmobile guide
- Fishing guide
- Rafting guide
- Canoeing guide
- Hiking guide
- Assistant guide
- Tour operator
- Front-line worker
- Operations assistant
- Camp counsellor
- Social programmer
- Children’s camp leader
- Rental/retail assistant
- Equipment maintainer
- Park information counsellor
- Campground attendant
- Ecotourism marketing assistant
- And so much more!
Earn up to five industry certificates which are recognized across Canada. (Availability may vary)
- Mountain Biking
- Occupational First Aid Level 3
- Avalanche Skills Training
- Snowmobile Safe Operator Certificate
- Swiftwater Operations
- Canoe I
- River Kayaking
Soft adventure tourism is the term used to describe a type of adventure tourism that requires little to no experience on the part the adventurer. It is of low risk to those involved, as opposed to hard adventure tourism which requires greater levels of skill and incorporates more of significant risk.
The admissions requirements include one of the below:
- Grade 12 or equivalent with a letter grade of C or higher.
- Students who have not completed Grade 12 may gain entry as Mature Students if they are at least 19 years of age on the first day of the term and have been out of the regular school system for at least one year. Any students wishing to be considered for admission as a Mature Student must consult with Valemount College before submitting an application, whereupon they take a Placement Assessment or a Prior Learning and Recognition Assessment.
Program and Completion Requirements
|To graduate, students must successfully complete 41 credits (27 Core and 14 Elective Credits) over 30 weeks.
CORE COURSES: (27 credits)
|Course No.||Course Name||# of
|R101||Wilderness Travel and Safety||4||60|
|R102||Outdoor Recreation Guiding Leadership||2||30|
|T100||Introduction to Tourism||3||45|
|R100||Occupational First Aid Level 3*||3||70|
|R115||Adventure Tourism Employment Skills||3||45|
|FN100||First Nations Cultural Awareness||1||16|
|T101||Natural and Cultural Interpretation||2||30|
14 Credits from the following:
|R104||Avalanche Skills Training 1*||1||16|
|R114||Introduction to Outdoor Photography||1||16|
|R105||Horse Trail Guiding||2||32|
|R106||Snowmobile Safe Operator Certificate*||1||16|
|R107||River Float Rafting Skills||2.5||40|
|*Includes or leads to Industry Certification|
|(Depending on demand, all electives may not be available)|
Tuition and Estimated Costs
Students must attend full time. Costs reflect an estimate of a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Costs are for the program only. See additional items and costs, below.
While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur.
|Certification Licensing Fee||$600|
|Total Costs Financial Aid||$12,614**|
**Costs shown are for domestic applicants only. International fees can be found on our International Students page. Above costs do not include applicable bursaries or grants. See Financial Aid page for breakdown.
Additional Items and Costs:
- Textbooks may cost up to $1,000
- Current BC fishing licence
- Clothing suitable for extreme, winter and mountain weather
- Clothing suitable for bike riding under mountain weather conditions
- Mountain bike (in good repair), CSA approved helmet, gloves, a water holder, small backpack, safety kit, protective eye wear
- Bicycle multi tool, tire tube, tire patches, whistle, air pump, with knee and elbow pads, as well as body padding, are optional
- A camera with manual capabilities and zoom lens or multiple lenses
- Certification Licensing Fee has been listed above as it applies to some of the elective courses
- Admissions Assessment Exam, if required, is $75
- Lectures 22
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 36 weeks
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 16
- Assessments Yes
- B103 – Leadership Basics
- B112 – Interpersonal Skills
- B113 – Public Speaking
- FN100 – First Nations Cultural Awareness
- R100 – Occupational First Aid Level 3
- R101 – Wilderness Travel and Safety
- R102 – Outdoor Recreation Guiding Leadership
- R103 – Natural History
- R104 – Avalanche Skills Training 1 (Optional Elective)
- R105 – Horse Trail Guiding (Optional Elective)
- R106 – Snowmobile Safe Operator Certificate (Optional Elective)
- R107 – River Float Rafting Skills (Optional Elective)
- R108 – Canoe I (Optional Elective)
- R109 – Mountain Biking (Optional Elective)
- R110 – Dogsledding (Optional Elective)
- R111 – River Kayaking (Optional Elective)
- R112 – Swiftwater Operations (Optional Elective)
- R113 – Freshwater Fishing (Optional Elective)
- R114 – Introduction to Outdoor Photography (Optional Elective)
- R115 – Adventure Tourism Employment Skills
- T100 – Introduction to Tourism
- T101 – Natural and Cultural Interpretation