Adventure Tourism Business Operations
Jobs, Certification and Practicum

There are over 80 different occupations in adventure tourism and recreation. The opportunities for small business owner/operators are limited only by the 'creativity of the operators'.



As a graduate of the certificate program you are qualified to secure positions in many entry-level positions such as lodge assistant interpreters, ski patrol, river rafting guide assistants, camp counsellor, office managers, service drivers & guides, river guides, assistant camp program directors and small business operations.

Completing the diploma program qualifies you to seek work as an entrepreneur, to seek entry into mid-management positions in the tourism industry, to work as a recreation or program coordinator, as an assistant guide, for Parks Canada and more.


Our program includes the latest industry-developed training material, and includes BC provincially-endorsed programs' standards. These include:

  • Adventure Tourism - BC Standards and Certification for the Tourism Professional
  • Marine Radio Operator License
  • Commercial Recreation Management Plan
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Business Plan Development

Possible Certifications

  • Advanced Wilderness First Aid
  • Aid in Obtaining a Class 4 Drivers License
  • Swift Water Rescue-Rescue Canada
  • Flat Water Canoe Instructors-BCRCA
  • Alpine Ski Instructors-CSIA
  • Snow Board Instructors-CASI
  • Sea Kayak Level 1 Guide, SKGABC
  • Sea Kayak Assistant Overnight Guide, SKGABC
  • Apprentice Interpreter, IGA

Outdoor Technical Skills

  • Backpacking
  • White Water Kayaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Technical Mountaineering
  • Ice Climbing
  • Winter Camping
  • Tele-marking
  • Back Country Ski Touring
  • Canoeing
  • Ocean Kayaking

Practicum (placement information)

Some potential practicum placements include: