Adventure Guiding Option, Tourism & Hospitality Management Diploma

Train on Vancouver Island to become an adventure guide and gain the skills to own or operate an adventure tourism business. Develop essential knowledge to work across cultures, with consideration towards environmental sustainability and risk management. Balance classroom theory with applied learning.

Where: Comox Valley
Starts: September
Length: 2 years
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Going back to school really gave me the confidence to go for the job I wanted.

Chelsey Stickney, NIC Tourism & Hospitality Management diploma graduate

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Program Requirements

Year 1

Year 1 and parts of year 2 of the Adventure Guiding option are offered on a cost recovery basis.  Tuition for the field focused skills reflects the cost of delivery and industry certification.  This diploma option pairs our popular Adventure Guiding certificate with elements of the Tourism & Hospitality Management diploma.

NOTE: This year of the program is contingent on sufficient student demand.

Field Focused

Core Competencies

Field Skill Options

Two field skill electives totaling 4 credits are required to meet program requirements.  Students may choose additional field skill electives, in which case additional charges will be incurred.

Note: field skill course availability and delivery model based on enrolment

Applied Theory

  • THM-211 Sustainable Tourism
  • THM-212 Tourism & Hospitality Law and Ethics OR THM-100 The Tourism Industry
  • THM-225 Cross Cultural Tourism
  • ENG-160 Effective Organizational Writing

*Students wishing to exit at this point must take TGA-700 Work Placement (1 credit) in order to receive the Adventure Guiding Certificate.

 

Year 2

  • BUS-100 Financial Accounting Fundamentals
  • BUS-162 Principles of Marketing
  • THM-100 The Tourism Industry OR THM-212 Tourism & Hospitality Law and Ethics
  • THM-108 Human Resources Management
  • THM-112 Leadership & Management
  • THM-215 Tourism & Hospitality Managerial Accounting OR BUS-217 Management Accounting
  • THM-222 Entrepreneurship in Tourism

Plus choose one course (3 credits) from the following:

  • THM-107 Accommodating Your Guest
  • THM-170 Food & Beverage Service
  • THM-175 Mixology & Oenology
  • THM-219 Tourism & Hospitality - Year 2 Field Trip

Plus choose one course (3 credits) from the following:

  • IMG-220 Introduction to Social Media
  • ANT-150 Cultural Anthropology
  • BUS-170 Computer Applications for Business
  • FIN-247 Introduction to Digital Photography
  • GEO-111 Environment, Society & Sustainability
  • ENG-116 Essay Writing & Indigenous Perspectives
  • ENG-127 Indigenous Literatures in Canada
  • ENG-216 Travel Writing
  • THM-219 Tourism & Hospitality - Year 2 Field Trip

In addition, choose a minimum of three from the following 2 credit field courses (min. of 6 credits total):

Note: field skill course availability and delivery model based on enrolment

Co-op – mandatory for all students

Students must complete EMP-100 in the Fall term as a prerequisite to Co-operative Education Internship Work Term (THM-197) in the Spring. Co-op work terms must be completed between first and second term for full-time students and prior to the last course term for part-time students.

  • EMP-100 Co-operative Education Pre-Employment Seminar
  • THM-197 Co-operative Education Internship Work Term

Completion Requirements

This is a two year program requiring completion within five years of admission.

To successfully complete the program, students must pass all courses and attain an overall average of 60%.

Admission Requirements

  1. C in one of Provincial English 12, English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG-096, or ENG-098, or ESL-090; or assessment; and
  2. C in one of Applications of Math 11 or Foundations of Math 11; or B in one of Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11 or Workplace Math 11; or successful completion of MAT-033; or completion of Principles of Math 11 or Pre-calculus 11, or assessment
  3. Adventure Guiding option applicants must also complete the medical forms and physician's assessment as required for admission to the Adventure Guiding Certificate.

 

Transfer Credit & Credit For Prior Learning

The NIC Tourism and Hospitality program accepts transfer credit from a wide range of post-secondary institutions and professional organizations. Detailed course transfer information for BC institutions may be found by accessing the BC Transfer Guide. If you possess other applicable prior learning, you may request prerequisite waivers for selected courses.

To Be Successful

  • You are encouraged to gain as much tourism industry experience as possible before the program starts, either through work experience or volunteering. The more service industry experience you bring to the program, the more relevant your learning will be.
  • Serving it Right (TFB-011) should be completed before classes begin.  Separate fees are required for registration in this course.
  • We recommend consulting with an Adventure Program Coordinator before selecting your field specialty courses.
  • You will be required to use a variety of Microsoft Office software immediately upon entering the program. Refreshing or developing your computer skills before entering the program is encouraged.
  • It is strongly recommended you take ENG-160 in your first semester of studies. This course focuses on the theories and principles of effective business communication and provides foundational skills for the tourism and hospitality program.
  • If you wish to apply your diploma toward a university degree, you should book a planning meeting with an educational advisor as early as possible.

Pedro Caraballo Acosta

Pedro Caraballo Acosta

MBA, (University of Wales)

 

Pedro.CaraballoAcosta@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4240 | Location VLG - G5

Harley Elias

Harley Elias

Faculty

Business Administration, Tourism & Hospitality Mgmt

MBA, Strategic Planning and Marketing (University of Washington)

Subjects: Business, Tourism & Hospitaly Mgmt
harley.elias@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4014 | Location TTB - 114

Murray Erickson

Murray Erickson

Faculty

Business Administration, Tourism & Hospitality Mgmt

Bachelor of Business Administration (Simon Fraser University)
Chartered Accountant designation (CPA Canada)

Subjects: Business, Tourism & Hospitaly Mgmt
murray.erickson@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4032 | Location TTB - 114

Mike Neville

Mike Neville

Faculty

Tourism & Hospitality Mgmt

Bachelor of Tourism Management, (Vancouver Island University)

Master of Recreation Management, (Acadia University)

 

Subjects: Tourism Adventure Guiding, Tourism & Hospitaly Mgmt
Michael.Neville@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4117 | Location VLG

David Pinel

David Pinel

Coordinator, Faculty

Tourism & Hospitality Mgmt

M.Sc., Rural Planning & Development (University of Guelph)

Subjects: Nautical, Tourism Adventure Guiding, Tourism & Hospitaly Mgmt
david.pinel@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4667 | Location VLG - G3



Program Highlights

Unique in BC, NIC’s Tourism and Hospitality Management diploma is designed to be fun and flexible, while maximizing your options and opportunities. You’ll get a solid business education as well as the practical experience and knowledge necessary to launch a management career in one of the world’s fastest growing industries.

The program offers domestic and international field trips, a solid and far-reaching co-op program and international exchange opportunities that are fun and effective ways to earn academic credit while connecting with the industry and honing your skills while you study.

Adventure Guiding Pathway Option

The adventure guiding option is designed for students who wish to have it all – to gain the skills necessary to be an adventure guide working in the outdoors but who also want to gain the business skills necessary to operate or own an adventure business. In your first year, you will receive a balance of hands-on learning and theoretical classroom learning. You will develop essential knowledge for working across cultures, with consideration toward environmental sustainability and risk management. In your second year, you will develop a broader understanding of the tourism sector while further refining your field guiding skills. This diploma option pairs our popular Adventure Guiding certificate with elements of the Tourism & Hospitality Management diploma.

An Education that Meets Industry Needs

Tourism is one of the world's fastest growing industries offering a wide variety of career possibilities. It employs over 200,000 people in BC and, according to Statistics Canada, 354,000 job openings are predicted nationwide in the next 10 years. Over 65,000 of those openings are anticipated to be for supervisors and managers. So, whether you are just starting out, looking to advance your current situation, transferring yours skills from another industry or run your own businesses, NIC can put you on a path to a successful career.

We recognize that people are central to the success of every tourism business, and your interpersonal development while at NIC will be critical to your professional future. That's why, throughout the program, employability skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership and public speaking are strongly emphasized, giving you a marketable advantage in the workplace.

As a graduate of this two-year diploma, you will have the confidence and knowledge you need to launch your career in this global industry or continue into a degree program, here at NIC or at one of many hospitality, tourism, or business degree programs across Canada.

You’ll gain a strong foundation in key management functions such as accounting, marketing, human resource management, leadership and computer skills, have an opportunity to visit one of Canada’s top tourism destinations and receive a practical introduction to restaurant and hotel operations. You will be introduced to the major tourism sectors, including accommodation, food and beverage, adventure tourism and recreation, events and conferences, transportation, attractions, tourism services and travel trade.

You will have an opportunity to specialize in hospitality, sustainable tourism, a combination of both or adventure guiding. If you choose hospitality or sustainable tourism options you can use your electives to take more sustainable tourism and hospitality courses, to study a foreign language or prepare for transfer directly into the third year of a number of tourism, hospitality, or business degree programs across Canada.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate you will be qualified for employment in all areas of the tourism and hospitality industry, including luxury hotels, ski and golf resorts, restaurants, tourism services and the travel trade. Some graduates have chosen to operate their own tourism business, while many others choose to work in small or large tourism organizations on Vancouver Island, Whistler, Vancouver and elsewhere in Canada. The possibilities are endless.

Co-operative Education

A mandatory component of the program, co-operative education alternates paid, program-related work experiences with academic study. The practical experience gained on your supervised and structured work terms is an integral part of your education. The result is increased confidence, new employment contacts and practical work experience.

Co-op staff and program instructors work closely with you to determine how your work term can best fit your individual interests and career goals. You may find work locally, on Vancouver Island, provincially or internationally.

You must complete Co-operative Education Pre-Employment-Seminar (EMP-100) as a prerequisite to Co-operative Education Internship Work Term (THM-197).

Field Trips

In each year of the program you will participate in a required field trip as part of your studies. You will receive academic credit for these dynamic courses.

As a first year student, you will travel to major Canadian tourist destinations, such as Vancouver and Whistler, stay in a four or five-star property and experience its daily operation, guest accommodations and services. Lab fees cover the cost of travel.

During year two, you will travel to an international tourist destination where you will experience tourism and/or hospitality operations first hand. Lab fees cover the cost of travelling to destinations such as Vegas, but in previous years students have chosen to participate in fundraising activities to increase field trip options, travelling to popular destinations such as New Orleans, Hawaii, Mexico and Cuba.

Study Abroad options

Tourism and hospitality students at NIC can travel the world and expand their education. Check out our Study Abroad page to learn more.

Bridge into NIC's Business Degree

Tourism & Hospitality Management diploma graduates are eligible to bridge directly into NIC's Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Marketing major and General Management major. If you are considering these options, speak with an educational advisor as early as possible about course requirements and admissions details.

Degree Opportunities

The Tourism & Hospitality Management diploma provides two full years of transfer credit toward a variety of four-year degree programs, including:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, North Island College (NIC)
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Victoria (UVic)
  • Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Mount St. Vincent University (MSVU)
  • Bachelor of Applied Management in Hospitality and Tourism, University of New Brunswick (UNB)
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management, Royal Roads University (RRU)
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Hotel Management, Royal Roads University (RRU)
  • Bachelor of Hospitality Management, Vancouver Community College (VCC)
  • Bachelor of Tourism Management, Capilano University
  • Bachelor of Hospitality Management, Vancouver Island University (VIU)
  • Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management, University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC)

Important: Each university has its own unique deadlines and transfer requirements, such as course prerequisites (particularly for math courses) and grade point averages which must be met. Transfer and degree requirements may also change frequently and without notice. If you are interested in pursuing a degree, you should meet with an educational advisor to develop a study plan as early as possible.

Tuition & Costs Estimate

Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Year 1 Year 2 Grand Total
Tuition $9,930 $5,160
NISU Fees $155 $140
Learner Resource $175 $175
Health and Dental $275 $275
Total $10,535 $5,750 $16,285

Equipment: costs for clothing, personal gear, and books vary.  Students may spend up to $2000.

Students may choose additional Field Skills electives, in which case additional charges will be incurred.

Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

This program is tuition refund Category 1.

International Fees

Year 1 Year 2 Grand Total
Tuition $19,255 $14,850
NISU Fees $155 $140
Student Services Fees $980 $990
Learner Resource $175 $175
Health and Dental $275 $275
Total $20,840 $16,430 $37,270

Additional costs for International students include the $100 application fee (required). 

Students may choose additional Field Skills electives, in which case additional charges will be incurred.

Equipment: costs for clothing, personal gear, and books vary.  Students may spend up to $2000.

Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

For more information on tuition costs and refunds refer to International Tuition and Costs.