Outdoor Council of Canada - Field Leader Training & Certification Program

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Outdoor Council of Canada - Field Leader Training & Certification Program

A new standard for Outdoor Leadership

By Outdoor Council of Canada

When and where

Date and time

Sat, Apr 22, 2023 9:00 AM - Sun, Apr 23, 2023 1:30 PM MDT


Vincent Massey School 939 45th Street SW Vincent Massey School Calgary, AB T3C2B9 Canada

About this event

  • 1 day 4 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Field Leader (Hiking) Course

Successful graduates will be certified as OCC 'Outdoor Field Leaders' with a 'Hiking' specialization.

This course is suitable for anyone wanting the FL (Hiking) certification, or planning to become an instructor of this course.


Saturday, April 22nd, 9am - 4 pm - In Person @ Vincent Massey School, Calgary, AB

Sunday, April 23rd, 9am - 2:00pm - In Provincial Park - Outdoors in Calgary Area

Course Fee: $225 - E-Transfer - prairies@outdoorcouncil.ca

**Further Instructions for payment will be sent out to you upon registration**

Course fee includes; instruction, student manual (as a pdf), and one year's membership fee to the Outdoor Council of Canada.

Please note: You are required to read the manual and answer the quizzes in it before you come the the course. Once you have registered you will be sent an email containing a link to the manual and quizzes.

Course Content:

The course will be split between in-class learning (65%) and field exercises (35%). The learning format will be primarily guided experiential learning. Topics covered include:

  • Understanding the role of the leader and leadership style
  • Integrating ‘activity’ ‘participant’ and ‘venue’ characteristics so as to promote event quality and safety
  • Constructing an activity plan
  • Identifying hazards and mitigation strategies
  • Communication and team building between participants, co-leaders and other stakeholders
  • Group management in the field
  • Enhancing situational awareness for quality and safety management
  • Emergency response
  • Post trip debriefing and facilitation

Prerequisites: The only prerequisite for this course is a love of the outdoors and a passion to share that experience with others.

Cancellation policy: There is a $25 administration fee to cancel up to 7 days prior to the start of the course. No refund available after 7 days prior.

Field Instructor Contact Information:

Court Rustemeyer | 403-969-8243 | prairies@outdoorcouncil.ca

Outdoor Council of Canada: Executive Director of the Prairies (AB, SASK, MAN)

About the organizer

The Field Leader program offers outdoor leadership certification courses for entry level leaders. These courses, based on industry standards, provide a comprehensive introduction focused on the roles and responsibilities of the outdoor leader.