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Mountain Adventure Skills Training - Certificate (2019/20)

Total Cost (tuition & fees)$10,336.00
Tuition: $9,996.00
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Additional Fees
Application Fee:30.00
Student Association Fee:80.50
Health and Dental Fee:229.50
Total Fees:$340.00

*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change.

Program Overview

The Mountain Adventure Skills Training Program (MAST) is designed for full-time students interested in pursuing a one year certificate and meets the requirements of the B.C. Provincial common core curriculum.

The program prepares students for employment in the field of Adventure Tourism or to continue their studies toward university degrees. The program has been designed to introduce students to a broad range of skills, required certifications and technical knowledge through class lectures, projects and multiple outdoor field courses. This is a generalist program where students develop functional-transferable skills that enable them to gain employment in a number of tourism businesses. Students also receive industry-recognized certificates including: CPR C, Occupational First Aid Level 3 or Wilderness First Responder (80 hours min); Ski/Snowboard Instructor; Lakewater Canoe Instructor; Swiftwater Rescue Technician 3, Avalanche Skills Training 1, 2 and Companion Rescue; Interpretive Guide's Assoc. Basic Knowledge Course; Mountain Bike Instructor Level 1 & 2.

After completion of the certificate students may find employment in entry-level jobs in adventure tourism and recreation businesses: Professional Ski Patrol, Raft Guide, Tail Guide – Cat Skiing, Ski/Snowboard Instructor, Adventure Camp Instructor etc.

The Kootenay region of BC has increasingly been expanding its year-round tourism and recreation resources and experiential opportunities. The growth in the year round adventure tourism industry provides great opportunities for MAST graduates.

Education is an important component of the adventure tourism industry. If present and potential tourism professionals are educated in the field they will be better equipped to reach their career goals, as well as develop a higher standard of professionalism in the industry.

Admission Requirements

Secondary school graduation (or equivalent) or applicants who can demonstrate prior industry experience may be admitted as mature students through consultation with the Program Coordinator and/or Education Advisor. Students must have at least a C standing in Principles or Applications of Math 11 or Math 080 or Math 082, English 12 or English 090 or 091 or EFP 12, or TPC 12. Basic computer skills are also recommended.

Transfer Information

Many of our programs and courses allow you to transfer to other colleges and universities in Canada. You can also apply to get transfer credits from past courses that will go towards completing your program here at College of the Rockies.

Learn how to transfer your courses to College of the Rockies

Program Transfer Opportunities

We have setup block transfer agreements with other colleges and universities to help you continue your studies once you have completed your program. If we don't have a transfer agreement for your program you can usually transfer your individual courses to another college or university in Canada.

Course transfer
If you are transferring to a BC college or university visit the BC Transfer website to see if our courses transfer to that institution.

Block transfer agreements
Once you have completed your studies you have the opportunity to transfer all or most of the credits you have earned to the following institution:

Transfer information for: Mountain Adventure Skills Training - Certificate

Course Outline for: Mountain Adventure Skills Training - Certificate


  • MAST 151 (OEC Wilderness First Aid) can be taken instead of MAST 150 (Occupational First Aid)
  • MAST 167 (Intro. to Whitewater Kayaking) can be taken instead of MAST 166 (Whitewater Raft Guide Training 2)
  • MAST 170 (Mountain Bike Guiding and Instruction) can be taken instead of MAST 168 (Canoe Skills 2)
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