This field course & certification, endorsed by the Professional Association of Wilderness Guides and Instructors (PAWGI), provides a hand-on approach to wilderness guiding in an actual expedition environment.

All the subjects addressed during the Certified Assistant Guide course are reviewed and practiced, with an emphasis on Risk & Emergency Management, Expeditionary & Outdoor Leadership, Sustainability & Conservation and Wilderness Survival.

Courses are offered every year in various locations in North America and Northern Europe.
The courses take place during an expedition in selected locations in North American and Northern Europe. A typical course schedule is as follow:

Day 1: Equipment checks and briefing. Departure to the route/trail head. Backcountry camping • Day 2 & Day 3: Wilderness instruction and exercises. Backcountry camping. • Day 4 to Day 12: Backcountry Expedition. Wilderness instruction, exercises, and assessments. Backcountry camping • Day 13: Recovery wilderness instruction, exercises, and assessments. Backcountry camping • Day 14 : Debriefing. Return to civilization.

Following successful completion of the course, candidates will have acquired the practical skills and knowledge necessary to guides clients in a wilderness environment.

Further certification is achieved through the Professional Association of Wilderness Guides and Instructors (PAWGI), by scoring 366 points or higher (75% or higher) on the Wilderness Guide Practical Assessment (WGPA). This assessment is conducted by a Certified Wilderness Instructor throughout the duration of the course.
You must be 19 year or older to attend this course and hold a current Certified Assistant Guide certification.

In addition, an excellent level of physical fitness is required for this course in order to sustain several hours a day of continuous strenuous physical activity. This course may also involve extreme elevation gains and elevation losses, extreme temperature variations, difficult travel on scree and boulders, challenging obstacle and river crossings, side hilling, as well as bushwhacking.

14-day course typically offered in summer and fall, in various locations in North America and Northern Europe. Courses will also soon be offered in New Zealand.

The course includes backcountry fees as applicable, PAWGI certified Wilderness Instructor, Tuition fees, Expedition fees, WGPA fees, Documentation Fees, as well as PAWGI certification fees ($495). Also includes safety equipment as required.

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