• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Adventure Guide Diploma at Thompson Rivers University is a fast-paced, two-year course of study comprised of field trips, outdoor skills instruction, and self-directed expeditions. Courses cover a wide range of adventure activities and theoretical topics. Field trips make up 60 percent of the course load.
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The Adventure Guide Diploma at Thompson Rivers University 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. Areas study by activity type include:

  • Hiking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Ice Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Ski Touring and Avalanche Education
  • Rope Rescue
  • Expedition Skill Development

Setting the standard around the world for a broad spectrum of wilderness guide training, this intensive program will prepare you for exciting leadership positions in outdoor skills instruction and guiding. The field portion of your classes access BC’s exceptional recreational resources for whitewater and ocean pursuits, climbing and skiing.


Graduates work for many different kinds of adventure companies around the world. There are many businesses that are either owned by graduates of TRU, or are businesses that regularly employ graduates of our training programs.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Late applications will be considered if space is available.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    61 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • 19 years of age at the start of the program
  • Completion of the Adventure Guide Certificate
  • Application to the second year of the Adventure Guide Diploma in writing outlining the following:
    • Enclose a personal resume and cover letter explaining why you wish to move into the program and how the program will help you attain your goals.
    • Briefly outline the skills and experiences you gained in the Adventure Guide Certificate and how these have had a positive effect on your learning, leadership, professionalism, your peers, instructors and the program as a whole.
    • Include your summer work practicum plans and how they fit into your educational and career goals.
    • Fill out and submit an Outdoor Experience Log. This log should contain all outdoor experiences outside of course time during the past year.
    • The department will review and consider student transcripts and GPA for the last year.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3660 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1830 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    822 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 411 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Depending on no. of courses per semester

  • NAT:$411- $2,881
  • INTL: $1,830 -$11,130 

Living costs for Kamloops

  • 1240 - 1930 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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