Outdoor Recreation Management Diploma

Faculty of Global & Community Studies
School of Outdoor Recreation Management


Program Highlights

CapU's Outdoor Recreation Management students bring passion and commitment to work in adventure tourism, community and outdoor recreation, parks and conservation or experiential and outdoor education.

Connect your passion for the outdoors with a career. Through a unique curriculum combining engaging classroom study, relevant field trips and a practicum experience, students in the Outdoor Recreation Management Diploma program gain the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to contribute to the exciting and challenging outdoor recreation industry.

  • Recognize and participate in the commercial aspect of the Outdoor Recreation Industry.
  • Be able to effectively deliver information to a diversity of audiences in an outdoor recreation contex.
  • Actively participate in local and global outdoor recreation community initiatives to develop competency in a leadership role, social consciousness and a sense of responsibility.
  • Analyze, adapt and apply the fundamentals of environmental and cultural stewardship as they relate to the outdoor recreation industry and to the global community.
  • Apply theoretical concepts, relevant research, experience-based judgment and critical thinking to make decisions within the context of commercial outdoor recreation that meet the industry standard.
  • Have a comprehensive understanding and the tools necessary for working within a sustainable and environmentally conscious outdoor recreation business.
  • Demonstrate professional appearance, attitudes and behaviours appropriate to the commercial outdoor recreation industry


CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverFallFull-Time

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$6,903 $1,745 $8,648
Year 2$2,798 $756 $3,554
Year 3$0 $0 $0
Year 4$0 $0 $0
Year 5$0 $0 $0
Total$9,701 $2,501 $12,201

Note: Fees are subject to change. Some programs have fees for supplies and equipment that aren’t included in the estimate. To get an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try out our Tuition & Fees Estimator.

Required Courses

Total credits: 60.00

Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:
CMNS 154Communications in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism3.00 credits
CMNS 174Wilderness Leadership Communications3.00 credits


Wilderness Leadership Skills Courses

Total credits: 2.00

Choose 2.00 credits from the following list:

A selection of Wilderness Leadership Skills Courses from the list below is offered in any given year.

WLP 124Winter Skills2.00 credits
WLP 125Ski Touring2.00 credits
WLP 126Backpacking2.00 credits
WLP 127Mountaineering2.00 credits
WLP 128Rock Climbing I2.00 credits
WLP 129Rock Climbing II2.00 credits
WLP 130Rock Rescue Clinic1.00 credits
WLP 131Nordic Skiing I2.00 credits
WLP 132Nordic Skiing II2.00 credits
WLP 133Canoeing I2.00 credits
WLP 134Canoeing II2.00 credits
WLP 135Rafting I2.00 credits
WLP 136Rafting II2.00 credits
WLP 137Sea Kayaking I2.00 credits
WLP 138Sea Kayaking II2.00 credits
WLP 139River Kayaking Clinic1.00 credits
WLP 140River Rescue Clinic1.00 credits
WLP 145Mountain Biking2.00 credits
WLP 147River Kayak I2.00 credits
WLP 148Snow Boarding2.00 credits
WLP 183Selected Clinics in Outdoor Recreation1.00 credits
WLP 184Selected Courses in Outdoor Recreation2.00 credits


Study Abroad Elective Courses


Total program credits: 62.00

Important Dates

Application Dates

Aug 7, 2018 - Aug 6, 2019

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 8, 2019

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 19, 2019 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

BC Secondary School graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent; or Mature Student status

English 12 (C) or English 12 First Peoples (C) or EDT (ENGL 100-level placement) or LPI (essay score=24, essay level=4); and Principles of Math 11 (C) or Pre-calculus 11 (pass) or Foundations of Math 11 (C) or BMTH 044 (C) or BMTH 048 (C) or MATH 096 (C) or MATH 097 (C) or Applications of Math 12 (pass) or Foundations of Math 12 (pass) or Principles of Math 12 (pass) or Pre-calculus 12 (pass) or BMTH 054 (pass) or BTEC 115 (B-)

Capilano English Language Requirement for students whose primary language is not English: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): paper=560, internet=83, or English Language Assessment (ELA)=145, or International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS)=6.5 overall, and no one score less than 6, or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)=70, or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)=56 or Capilano University EAP 100 and 101 with a minimum B+ grade in each course.


For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar (pdf).


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