Program Highlights The WAS Rock Guide Training Program is designed to allow students to specialize in one field of guiding. The Rock Guide Training program allows students to focus and prepare for entry into examination at the ACMG level. Students applying to this program must pass a WAS skills test and submit a physical & skills resume. This program is a sequential set of courses designed to develop the students ability, skills and decision making while working towards becoming a rock guide. Students will need to practice after each course and build a resume of rock climbs and multi pitch experiences. Course Breakdown: Course hours vary from 15 hours to 67.5 hours per course plus a 45 hour co-op work placement. Location: On Campus & Sea to Sky mountains. Location: On Campus & Sea to Sky mountains.

Program Summary

Program Name: Rock Guide Training Program Hours: 157.5 (Full Time) Length of Study: 6 Months Credits: 8 Credential: Certificate CIC Eligibility: One year study permit and co-op work permit. Work and Study permits expire upon graduation. Entry Requirements: Minimum 18 years old & Proficiency in English. Physical & Skill resume required. Intake dates: July

WAS Guide Skills Pre-test Policy

WAS Guide program takes students into vast, challenging terrain as part of their education. As such, WAS requires students to meet the prerequisite skills as outlined by their chosen program. Students are required to supply a resume of their skills to the WAS Operations Manager verifying they have met the program prerequisites prior to enrolling in the WAS Guide programs. Further, students will be evaluated by WAS instructors prior to the start of the corresponding program’s courses to ensure they meet the basic skill standards outlined by the programs. For more information or questions, please contact the WAS Operations Manager.

Rock Climbing Guide

  • Students will require a reasonable base level of fitness.
  • Students with a pre-existing medical conditions or health concerns should contact WAS ahead of the course

Courses within the Rock Guide Training Program:

Fundamentals of Rock Guide

Prerequisites - None Course Duration - 15 Hours The Fundamentals course will introduce students to the basic skill sets required to comfortably navigate beginner rock climbs. This includes the basics of belaying, top roping, lowering/descending and rock climbing movement. Students will be introduced to the standard modern equipment required for a day of single pitch top roping.

Rock Guide Level 2

Prerequisites - Skills Test Course Duration - 67.5 Hours The Level 2 course will further educate students to Top Rope Guide standards. Students will learn to navigate multi pitch routes, lead clmb and place protection. Safety management, basic rescue techniques and client care are introduced at this stage.

Rock Guide Level 3

Prerequisites - Level 2 Course Duration - 30 Hours The level 3 course will prepare students for the entry guide level testing. The curriculum will focus solely on the necessary skill sets needed to apply to the ACMG assistant rock guide exam. The focus is on rescue systems, advanced anchors, multi-pitch techniques, multiple client management, climbing ability and leadership.

Co-op Work Experience

Prerequisites - Level 2 & 3 Course Duration - 45 Hours The Co-Op work experience will give students real world experience with on-the-job training. The students will work at least 8 hours per week and consult an additional one hour per week with an instructor. The application of the skills gained through the previous courses will be evaluated and students will gain an understanding of the standards and experience necessary for a career as a rock guide.

Program taught in:
  • English

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3,500 CAD
Canadian students; $5.000 CAD international students
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