River Guide Certificate Program

Training

From 1988 until 2002, the Province of BC worked with the industry in providing guide certification. The federal government proposed to replace the provincial program with a national program in 2003.

An interim guide certificate program was offered while waiting for the federal government to complete their work, however the federal government has dropped the proposed licensing program from the latest version of the federal regulations.

As a result, the BCROA approved a new guide certificate program that exceeds the provincial and federal government requirements at the 2006 AGM. This new program was implemented in 2007. A BCROA guide examiner workshop was held in 2007 and the final documentation completed. Member companies are now issuing a BCROA guide certificate to replace existing government or interim licenses as well as issuing new guides a recognized provincial level certificate.

Please visit our members websites for more information regarding current guide school programs.


The "Revised" 2002
BC River Rafting Guide Certification Manual
will help prospective guides ensure they have reviewed the historic requirements. The Federal Special Purpose Regulations under the Canada Shipping Act now describe the base level legal requirements. BCROA members operate at a higher standard than the federal regulations require. Written and practical skills based exams have been developed that improves on the previous BC government process by allowing the flexibility to examine candidate guides at various times of the season  and in various locations rather than at set exam dates.

Testimonial

“The raft trip was the highlight of our vacation to Montana and Fernie! We enjoyed meeting you and having you guide us down the Elk.” - The Makceys, Virginia.

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