Program Length:
Adventure Guide Certificate – 8 month
Adventure Guide Diploma – 2 year ( apply only after completing Certificate program)

Location: Thompson Rivers University

Admissions Req:
For Guide Certificate Program:
Be at least 19 years of age at the start of the program.
Attend a program information session by telephone or in person.
Submit the Adventure Studies Department Student Information Form, Outdoor Experience Log, resume, cover letter, and 2 references
BC Grade 12 (British Columbia Adult Graduation Diploma), Adult Dogwood, or Mature student status or equivalent
English 12, or equivalent – completion
Math 11, or equivalent – completion

For Guide Diploma Program:
Completion of the Adventure Guide Certificate.
Application to Adventure Guide Diploma including: Cover letter expressing intent. Summer work/practicum plans. Outdoor Experience Log. Revision of Certificate transcripts and GPA.

Also must attend a program information session (see dates and locations).

Application Deadline:
International students – Summer – December prior
Fall  – March prior

Other eligible nationalities – Summer 2024 – November 15, 2023
Fall 2024 – February 15, 2024

Highlight: Thompson Rivers University’s Adventure Studies program is like a treasure trove for adventure enthusiasts, offering an impressive array of diplomas and certificates, each tailored to satisfy different outdoor cravings and career aspirations. It’s like choosing your own adventure book, but in real life! This adventure studies program offers itself as an Adventure Guide Certificate, an Adventure Guide Diploma, and a concentration for their Bachelor of Tourism Management and Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies programs. Depending on the program, there are various in-class and outdoor activities planned out. For the Adventure Guide Certificate, some lessons include Hiking, Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Canoeing, which run over the course of 8 months. The Adventure Guide Diploma includes all that and more over 2 years. The fee for this adventure studies program is typically $12,000 – $14,000 per year for domestic students and $18,000 – $24,000 per year for international students, however, this fee includes backcountry hut and lodge accommodation, helicopter flights, course transportation and more (student loans and scholarships are available as well)! These diplomas and certificates aren’t just about fun and games (though there’s plenty of that). They offer a unique blend of theory and hands-on experience, ensuring you’re not just ready to embrace adventure but also equipped with the knowledge to excel in your chosen field. So, whether you’re itching for the thrill of outdoor sports, the challenge of wilderness leadership, or the excitement of adventure tourism, TRU’s Adventure Studies program is your passport to turning your passion into a profession. So, what adventure will you choose? Your journey begins here!

Canadian students – $12,000 – $14,000 CAD
International students – $18,000 – $24,000 CAD

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