Industry Certifications

Adventure Guide Certificate students

TRU students in the Adventure Guide Certificate may distinguish themselves by achieving a number of industry certifications from provincial and national adventure associations. This benefits TRU adventure students who plan to work and establish careers in the adventure industry.

The following is a sample of certifications available to Adventure Guide Certificate students. The certification obtained will depend on the student's elective course selection and the ability to meet the standard of the individual certifying organization. Note that there are opportunities for further transfer credits with other industry certifications and will be considered on a case by case basis.

British Columbia River Outfitters Association
  • Rafting Guide Certificate, Propulsion Endorsements in Paddle and/or Oar
Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors
  • Level 1 Instructor
Canadian Avalanche Association
  • Avalanche Operations Level 1
Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons
  • Restricted Marine Radio Operators License
Canadian Ski Instructor Alliance
  • Level 1 Instructor
International Rafting Federation
  • Guide 2
  • Guide 3
Paddle Canada
  • Flatwater Canoe Instructor
  • Sea Kayak Level 2 Skills
Parks Canada
  • Professional Hiking Guide

With completion of the Adventure Studies Certificate or Diploma programs and in conjunction with the Interpretive Guides Association two-day Apprentice Course (which is taken through the IGA) and IGA active membership, a Professional Hiking Guide equivalency can be issued to those with hiking employment with National Parks.

Rescue Canada
  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician 3
Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia
  • Level 1 Sea Kayak Guide
  • Assistant Overnight Guide
Wilderness Medical Associates International
  • Wilderness First Responder (80-hour)

Adventure Guide Diploma students

Adventure Guide Diploma students may distinguish themselves by achieving any of more than 35 industry certifications from provincial and national adventure associations and they may ladder into the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, depending on course selection.

Through experience and skill progression on Adventure Studies field courses and during personal time, Adventure Guide Diploma students have access to the following industry certifcations during their second year of study.

Canoe Kayak BC
  • Kayak Instructor 1
  • Kayak Instructor/ Leader 2
  • Kayak Instructor/ Leader 3
Emergency Management British Columbia
  • Rope Rescue Team Leader
  • Rope Rescue Team Member
  • Search and Rescue Manager
International Industrial Rope Access Trade Association
  • Level 1 Rope Access Technician
International Surf Association and Canadian Surf Association
  • Level 1 Surf Instructor
Lifesaving Society of BC (surf program)
  • Bronze Medallion
  • Bronze Cross
Paddle Canada
  • Moving Water Canoe Instructor
  • Sea Kayak Level 2 Skills
  • Sea Kayak Level 1 Instructor
Rescue Canada
  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician 3
  • Swiftwater Rescue Specialist (SRT4)
Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia
  • Level 1 Sea Kayak Guide
  • Assistant Overnight Guide

Certifications Available for Transfer Credit

The following are industry certifications that are not offered through an Adventure Studies course but are eligible for credit toward your program through the TRU transfer credit system.

Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors
  • Nordic Level 1 Instructor
  • Telemark Level 1 Instructor
Paddle Canada
  • Canoe Tripping Instructor
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water
  • Rescue Diver
  • Dive Master
Professional Mountain Bike Instructors Association
  • Level 1
  • Level 2
Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians
  • Level 1