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Adventure Guide Diploma


Earn an Adventure Guide Diploma at Thompson Rivers University

The Adventure Guide Diploma from Thompson Rivers University transfers into Adventure Studies concentrations in the Bachelor of Tourism Management degree (BTM) or the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree for students who wish to complete a degree. Likewise, the Adventure Guide Diploma is a well recognized credential for those who wish to go directly into employment in the adventure tourism industry.

The private sector is a major supporter of this program through training, certifying, and helping students build a network for future employment.

Quick Facts

Duration: 2 years
Intake: September
Tuition Fee:

CAD $15,450-$20,600/year, depending on field course choices

Location: Kamloops, Canada


Graduates work as outdoor skills instructors, mountain or river guides, and in other wilderness-related leadership occupations.

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Before coming to TRU, I couldn’t even imagine how fast my life would change here. TRU gave
me all the opportunities I was looking for to unearth my true potential. I’ve met people from
various parts of the world, gained real-world work experience and most importantly, I have
learned more about myself. Being a part of the TRU community has been one of the most
meaningful and rewarding experiences in my life. One of the best things I did in my program
was my co-op. I put my learning into direct practice right away and that helped me secure a full
time position after I graduated.

Tatiana Fedotova, Events Co-ordinator

Courses included

  • The Adventure Tourism Industry
  • Wilderness Travel
  • Guiding Leadership I
  • The Wilderness Environment
  • Expedition Planning and Leadership
  • Advanced Wilderness First Aid

Areas of study

The Adventure Guide Diploma builds upon the technical skills and leadership within each of the activities achieved in the first year of study. Students will develop focus and refinement within their areas of interest, while having the option to add new technical skill areas as well.