College of the Rockies

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Adventure Tourism Business Operations

College of the Rockies

Degree:Diploma; Co-op
Field of Study:Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations
Course Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $3,862
Careers:Travel CounsellorsAirline Sales and Service AgentsHotel Front Desk Clerks


The name says it all. Get out of the classroom for some real, hands-on experience in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. This program is big on adventure but also focuses on those business skills you need to work in the tourism industry or to start your own tourism business, including entrepreneurship, marketing, sustainability and business training. Your ATBO instructors are highly skilled guides in avalanche safety, rock climbing, mountaineering, whitewater kayaking, backcountry skiing, backpacking, canoeing, and sea kayaking. Opt for the one-year certificate or add on another 10 months to earn the diploma. Both options provide credits toward a tourism degree and include classroom sturdy, lab work, field trip experiences and a six-week practicum. No matter what option you choose, be ready for some serious fun.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 English 
Secondary school graduation or equivalent with:

  • Minimum 65% in either English 12, English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, ENGL 090, or equivalent
  • Recommended: Minimum 60% in either MATH 080, MATH 082, Foundations 11, Pre-Calculus 11, Essentials 11, Applications 11, Principles 11, Computer Science 11, Computer Science 12, Foundations of Math 12, Pre-Calculus 12, Geometry 12, or equivalent.
    Application Notes : Minimum 19 years of age. Applicants who demonstrate prior industry experience may be admitted as mature students through consultation with the Program Coordinator and/or Educational Advisor. The College, at its discretion, may consider accepting applicants at age 18 into Semester 1 (consisting of theory and low risk courses such as Backpacking Level 1) under the following conditions:
    • You must be 19 years of age prior to the end of Semester 1
    (i.e., must turn 19 years of age prior to December 31);
    • Must have a Grade 12 diploma
    • Must undergo an interview with the instructor, who will determine eligibility; and
    • Must provide letters of reference attesting to competency

    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on January 17, 2023