Outdoor Adventure Guide Diploma

Outdoor Adventure Guide Diploma

Year 1: November 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021 or January 2021 - June 30, 2021

Year 2: November 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022

This all-encompassing two year accredited diploma program is designed for someone looking to start a meaningful career in the outdoor adventure industry year-round.

The Outdoor Adventure Guide Program incorporates the best that Timberline Academy and the Canadian Rockies has to offer. Some of the program highlights include Ski/Snowboard Instructor Training, Mountaineering Skills Training, Whitewater Canoe/Raft Guide School, Parks Canada/ Conservation Management, Indigenous Studies, Ski Guide Training and TWO internships (one summer and one winter).

Students can choose to begin the program in either November 2020 or January 2021.

*This program is licensed by the Alberta Ministry of Advanced Education under the Alberta Private Vocational Act.**International Students are eligible for a Student Work Permit during the duration of the study period.***International Students are NOT eligible for a post-graduate work permit upon completion of the program.

Program Structure

Adventure Guide Program

Curriculum

Download the full curriculum document here: Outdoor Adventure Guide Diploma Curriculum 2020

Employment Outcomes

The goal of this program is to develop graduates who are confident educators and leaders in the contemporary outdoor adventure industry. Students will graduate with the skills and experiences to work throughout the year in multiple areas. Example graduate jobs include: Ski Instructor, Ski Patroller, Ski Guide, Avalanche Forecaster, Whitewater Canoe Guide, Raft Guide, Mountaineering/Climbing Assistant, Interpretive Guide and various roles in Parks Canada and conservation.

Accommodation

All of our students live in fully furnished apartments in the town of Banff. It is important to us that all of our students are able to cook and live independent, healthy lifestyles. No hostels, no hotels. Students are not obligated to stay in Timberline Academy housing. 

Tuition Schedule + Fees

+ Application Fee $500 

+ Winter #1 Tuition $13,000 

+ Summer #1 Tuition $9,000

+ Winter #2 Tuition $13,000

+ Summer #2 Tuition $1,450

= $36,950 CAD + 5%GST

Application Process

Due to the intimate nature of the Outdoor Adventure Guide Diploma Timberline Academy can only accept a very limited number of students to this program.  Applicants will be expected to take part in a 30-45 minute phone call to determine eligibility and discuss the details of the program.

Current Application Status: OPEN

Successful Applicants

  • Pay $500 Application Fee
  • Receive Student Work Permit Guide (International Students Only)
  • Interview with winter practicum placement (November intake)
  • Airport pick-up November 2nd, 2020 or January 4th, 2021
  • One night’s stay in Calgary
  • Transfer to Banff
  • Orientation Week November 3rd - 8th, 2020 or Janaury 5th - 9th

Equipment

Timberline Academy will provide most safety gear, group gear and specialty equipment throughout the duration of the program. Students are expected to provide their own personal gear. Students will also receive pro deals from certain brands to help keep gear expenses low. Please review the basic gear guide below:

  • Ski or Snowboard Gear
  • Ski touring or Splitboard setup (mandatory winter #2)
  • Ski helmet + goggles
  • Warm clothes for winter and summer
  • Two backpacks 40L - 70L (day pack + expedition pack)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Drysuit (Whitewater Guide School)
  • PFD (Whitewater Guide School)
  • Climbing shoes (Mountaineering Program)
  • Mountaineering boots (recommended)

Curriculum

Please see the full Curriculum Document here: Outdoor Adventure Guide Diploma Curriculum 2020

Employment Outcomes

The goal of this program is to develop graduates who are confident educators and leaders in the contemporary outdoor adventure industry. Students will graduate with the skills and experiences to work throughout the year in multiple areas. Example graduate jobs include: Ski Instructor, Ski Patroller, Ski Guide, Avalanche Forecaster, Whitewater Canoe Guide, Raft Guide, Mountaineering/Climbing Assistant, Interpretive Guide and various roles in Parks Canada and conservation.

Accommodation

All of our students live in fully furnished apartments in the town of Banff. It is important to us that all of our students are able to cook and live independent, healthy lifestyles. No hostels, no hotels. Students are not obligated to stay in Timberline Academy housing. 

Tuition Schedule + Fees

+ Application Fee $500 

+ Winter #1 Tuition $13,000 

+ Summer #1 Tuition $9,000

+ Winter #2 Tuition $13,000

+ Summer #2 Tuition $1,450

= $36,950 CAD + 5%GST

Application Process

Due to the intimate nature of the Outdoor Adventure Guide Diploma Timberline Academy can only accept a very limited number of students to this program.  Applicants will be expected to take part in a 30-45 minute phone call to determine eligibility and discuss the details of the program.

Current Application Status: OPEN

Successful Applicants

  • Pay $500 Application Fee
  • Receive Student Work Permit Guide (International Students Only)
  • Interview with winter practicum placement (November intake)
  • Airport pick-up November 2nd, 2020 or January 4th, 2021
  • One night’s stay in Calgary
  • Transfer to Banff
  • Orientation Week November 3rd - 8th, 2020 or Janaury 5th - 9th

Equipment

Timberline Academy will provide most safety gear, group gear and specialty equipment throughout the duration of the program. Students are expected to provide their own personal gear. Students will also receive pro deals from certain brands to help keep gear expenses low. Please review the basic gear guide below:

  • Ski or Snowboard Gear
  • Ski touring or Splitboard setup (mandatory winter #2)
  • Ski helmet + goggles
  • Warm clothes for winter and summer
  • Two backpacks 40L - 70L (day pack + expedition pack)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Drysuit (Whitewater Guide School)
  • PFD (Whitewater Guide School)
  • Climbing shoes (Mountaineering Program)
  • Mountaineering boots (recommended)

Begin your career in the Canadian Rockies!