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Field Leader Program

"Coming from a background of Outdoor Education I believe the OCC’s Field Leader Training Course is the missing link in outdoor certification. Finally there is something that hits on the importance of interpersonal skills when facilitating. I think this training is essential for anyone leading groups in the outdoors who wishes to foster positive and lasting impacts for their participants." 

–Adrienne, Manager of Student Leadership Programs 

About This Program

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.

New leaders begin by taking the Field Leader course in one or more of three activity areas: ‘Hiking’, ‘Paddling’ or ‘Equine’. These courses can be supplemented by additional modules that provide training for winter environments, overnight trips and navigation skills.

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Course Descriptions

What You Will Learn                                              

Through the OCC courses, you will learn what successful outdoor leaders do to create meaningful experiences in the Canadian wilderness.

Time has shown that effective leadership is an essential component to a successful outdoor trip. With the OCC, You will learn essential leadership tools and considerations that will reduce risks and increase your performance. 

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Curriculum Description

What You Will Get

Completing an OCC course will give you 

  • A nationally valid outdoor leadership certification
  • A one-year membership to the OCC.

Who Benefits From These Courses

Field leader courses have been designed to benefit any Canadian who is interested in leading others outdoors. However, our courses have had particular success for schools, youth organizations, hiking clubs and are delivered in more than 9 different university and college programs. 

The Field Leader Program is an innovative program that manages risk in an effective and realistic way.

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The Outdoor Council of Canada is proud to mention that this program is sponsored by Mountain Equipment Coop, The Calgary Foundation and the Outdoor Centre.




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