Program Design and Courses
The MAST program is designed for individuals who excel in fast paced learning environments and want to either work in the adventure tourism industry or gain skills and knowledge to pursue mountain adventures on their own. Our skills training is based on a progressive approach that introduces basic skills that are quickly built upon with more technical training. Skills courses are taught by professional guides who love to teach! Academic courses take place in the 'bad weather' parts of the seasons and are compressed somewhat to allow for maximum time in the field.
Achievement of the MAST CERTIFICATE credential requires a student to complete the following mandatory courses: MAST 111, MAST 114, MAST 119, MAST 121, MAST 122 and BUAD 136, as well as 10 of 13 skills and certification courses. The MAST Certificate articulates to other diplomas and degrees.
"My expectations were blown out of the water! The skills I’ve gained far surpass what I thought I would leave the course with." MAST Graduate 2012
|Course Code||Course Name|
|MAST 111||Risk Management|
|MAST 114||Natural History - Mountain Parks Heritage Association|
|MAST 119||Guiding and Leadership|
|MAST 121||Adventure Tourism Industry|
|MAST 122||Wilderness Travel Theory|
|MGMT 316||Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management|
|MAST 140||Rock Climbing 1|
|MAST 141||Hiking 1|
|MAST 142||Mountaineering 1|
|MAST 143||Ski Tour 1|
|MAST 144||Canoe Skills 1|
|MAST 145||Whitewater Raft Guide Training 1|
|MAST 146||Avalanche Skills Training (AST1)|
|MAST 147||Ski or Snowboard Instructor 1|
Occupational First Aid
Wilderness First Responder
|MAST 162||Ski Tour 2|
|MAST 165||Swiftwater Rescue Technician 3|
Whitewater Raft Guide Training 2
Intro to Whitewater Kayaking
Flatwater Canoe Instructor
Mountain Bike Instructor Certification
The safety of the students and instructors is the most important aspect of the MAST program. Students are made fully aware of hazards and risks during preparatory training of all field courses. Instructors and guides are fully certified in Advanced Wilderness First Aid and are certified in their particular field. Students sign a waiver form on day one of the MAST program as well as a 'Full Value Contract' which forms the basis for a positive educational environment.
No smoking, alcohol consumption or other activity that is deemed to be unacceptable student behaviour will be tolerated during an out-trip or any other portion of the program. Disciplinary consequences for violation of the above stipulations can range to an immediate dismissal from the program and forfeiture of any moneys paid to the College. Students are asked to sign a 'Full Value Contract' on day one of the program. This contract outlines specific expectations and forms an agreement between the students, college staff and instructor/guides.
NOTE: College of the Rockies reserves the right to alter, substitute or change any of the above courses and/or course descriptions without prior notice. Changes, if made, are primarily for reasons of safety, scheduling or educational advantage.