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Courses and Modules of the Field Leader Program

Field Leader courses are designed for entry level leaders. As such, beginner leaders are restricted to low risk terrain and must operate under the supervision of other, more experienced, outdoor practitioners. Most Field Leader courses and modules cover leadership considerations. Outdoor practitioners are encouraged to pursue additional technical training relevant to specific activities. Click here for information regarding possible development avenues as an outdoor leader.

Outdoor Progression

OCC Courses

Field Leader (Hiking):

This course offers a systematic approach to planning and managing a hiking activity for one day. Students will be required to read a 60 page manual and complete attached quizzes before attending the course. Course length is 16 hours. Graduates of the FL (Hiking) course are qualified to lead one day trips into class 1 hiking terrain as defined in the Outdoor Council of Canada's Matrix. The scope of practice for a FL (Hiking) graduate can be found HereThis course is available now from licensed instructors.


Field Leader (Paddling):

This course offers a systematic approach to planning and managing a paddling activity for one day. Prior to the course, students will be required to obtain a technical paddling certification from another organization, read a 80 page manual and complete attached quizzes. Course length is 16 hours. Graduates of the FL (Paddling) course are qualified to lead one day trips into Low Risk Water Environments as defined in the Outdoor Council of Canada's Matrix.  The scope of practice for the FL (Paddling) graduate can be found HereThis course is available now from licensed instructors.


Field Leader (Equine)

This course offers a systematic approach to planning and managing a day trip with horses. Students will be required to read a 70 page manual and complete attached quizzes before attending the course. Course length is 16 hours. Graduates of the FL (Equine) course are qualified to lead one day trips into Low-Risk Trail Riding Terrain as defined in the Outdoor Council of Canada's Matrix. The scope of practice for a FL (Equine) graduate can be found Here This course is available now from licensed instructors.



OCC Modules

Field Leader (Winter):

This certification is an extension of other Field Leader courses. This module will review and deepen the event cycle and offers effective group management techniques for cold environments. The Field Leader (Hiking) is a prerequisite to this module. Students will be required to read a 40 page manual and complete attached quizzes before attending the module. Module length is 8 hours, most of which is spent outside. Graduates of the FL (Winter) module are qualified to lead one day trips in low-risk winter environments as defined by the OCC(Matrix). The scope of practice for a FL (Winter) graduate can be found HereThis course is available now from licensed instructors.

 

Field Leader (Overnight): 

This certification is an extension of other Field Leader courses. Students must have complete at least on other Field Leader course prior to registering. This module will review and deepen the event cycle and offers effective group management techniques for longer outdoor trips. Students will be required to read a 80 page manual and complete attached quizzes before attending the module. Module length is 20 hours of instruction time, most of which is spent outside, plus one night outdoors. Graduates of the FL (Overnight) module are qualified to lead longer trips in low-risk terrain classes relevant to their activity. The scope of practice for a FL (Overnight) graduate can be found HereThis course is available now from licensed instructors.


Navigation (Maps): 

This technical skills module is a comprehensive introduction to navigation using maps. There is no prerequisite required to taking this 8 hour module. Students will be required to read a 20 page manual before attending the module. The module includes an examination for proficiency. However this module does not automatically qualify a person to lead in an environment where use of a map might be required. Successful graduate's skill levels will need to be reviewed and validated by other respected outdoor leaders. 


Navigation (Compass):

This technical skills module is a comprehensive introduction to navigation using a compass. The Navigations (maps) is a pre-requisite for this 8 hour module. Students will be required to read a 15 page manual before attending the module. The module includes an examination for proficiency. However this module does not automatically qualify a person to lead in an environment where use of a compass map might be required. Successful graduate's skill levels will need to be reviewed and validated by other respected outdoor leaders. 















"The OCC has created a fantastic training program for leaders of any group.  The concepts and guidelines that they teach have really helped me to plan and offer more impactful and enjoyable courses for my students. "

-Brad, Founding Partner and Lead Educator at PEAKxSchool









"This fall I had the chance to do the Field Leader course. My instructors were great with trouble shooting questions and helped the whole group to understand the complexities of risk assessment and how to provide the best experience in nature for groups of people.  I feel more confident for having done this course.Thanks."

-Barb Hazenveld, Outdoor Enthusiast













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