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OCC Partners

Training and Certification offered by our Partners 

The OCC seeks to be an umbrella organization that works cooperatively with other organizations that share our philosophy to deliver the very best in training and certification to the outdoor leadership community. We are working with the organizations listed in this section to further those goals. Please contact us if you would be interested in becoming a training partner.





 Canadian Wildlife Federation

The CWF certifies instructors to deliver Project WILD training in Canada. This is an internationally praised K-12 environmental education program. For information on how to become an instructor go to the  CWF website.

 Hike Nova Scotia

Hike Nova Scotia encourages and promotes hiking, walking and snowshoeing throughout Nova Scotia. They are affiliated with the Nova Scotia Trails Federation and Recreation Nova Scotia. Hike Nova Scotia uses advocacy, communication, awareness, education and leadership to promote time outside. Their strong organizational presence throughout the province positively influences outdoor practitioners in this part of the country. 


 The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The  Award is a non-competitive program in which participants aged 14-24 set and achieve personal goals for community service, skills, fitness, and adventure. OCC members can make a contribution by enlisting as volunteer leaders for the program and in many other ways.

 The Outdoor Centre

The Outdoor Centre at the University of Calgary is the largest in North America. It offers introductory level skills courses in a most human powered outdoor activities and has a huge rental program. All courses and rentals are open to the public.

 The Interpretive Guides Association

The IGA represents, trains and certifies the interpretive guides who connect people to Canada's mountain parks. Their mission is to establish and maintain the highest standards in heritage interpretation in Canada's West. These interpreters weave the local natural and cultural history into engaging stories that help people feel a personal connection to mountain landscapes and cultures in Canada.


Tourism HR Canada

Tourism HR Canada is recognized as a global leader in setting occupational standards, building competency frameworks, developing occupational training and certification programs under the emerit brand. Of specific interest to outdoor leaders are the Outdoor Adventure Guide, Hunting Guide, Heritage Interpreter, and Aboriginal Tourism Business Guide certifications.

  Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (Baccalauréat en intervention plein air and                     Laboratoire d'expertise et de recherche en plein air)

The Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) offers a Baccalauréat en intervention plein air (BIPA). The program trains outdoor leaders to develop, manage and supervise safe outdoor activities. Domains covered include adventure tourism and ecotourism, expedition leadership, industrial and scientific mission logistics, project management, outdoor education and adventure therapy. 

The  Laboratoire d’expertise et de recherche en plein air (LERPA)  from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) aims to contribute to the structuring and the development of the outdoors field through research, consulting services, tool development, training and information distribution activities.

Sectorial Partner

The OCC works with Canadian organizations focused on develop outdoor programs and practices within a specific sector. We are collaborating with the following organization to share information and work on joint projects.

 Aventure Écotourisme Québec

Aventure Écotourisme Québec (AEQ) is a sectoral association in adventure tourism and ecotourism in Quebec. It is recognized by Tourisme Québec as the main interlocutor for adventure and ecotourism by accrediting professional companies that offer ecotourism and adventure tourism activities throughout the province. 

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