"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.
Our courses are designed to be accessible and suitable for a diversity of schedules. Course length spans from 8 to 20 hours. Thus, courses can be delivered over a weekend, or broken down into several shorter sessions.
Our system of nationally licensed instructors enables us to offer courses at an affordable price. Instructors can set a price that will be competitive in their region. Course prices will vary from one instructor to another.
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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.
• How to plan a great trip
• How to identify risks and manage them to promote safety
• How to include others to support your trip
• What to focus on when managing a group
How debriefs can make your trips even more powerful
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.