Field Leader - Hiking

OCC Field Leader - Hiking Course

A two-day course with a systematic approach to planning and managing a one-day hiking activity.

This nationally recognized course will provide participants with Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) training in Field Leader – Hiking as well as the skills to organize and lead others in a one day, educational or activity based experience in a natural environment. It is offered through Hike Nova Scotia in partnership with the NS Chapter of the Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) and supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage.

This is a two-day course running usually from 9 am to 5 pm each day with short breaks throughout. There are both indoor and outdoor elements. There is some travel, usually by car, from the classroom space to local trails and participants are responsible for their own transportation to the course and between the classroom and trails. Participants are responsible for bringing their own meals and snacks and arranging their own accommodation.

To be hiking leaders, participants should have some hiking experience and be able to participate in a low risk natural environment hike on a designated trail while carrying what they will need for the day outside. Participants must have the physical ability to hike on a footpath with rocks and roots, etc. Participants are required to read an electronic manual beforehand. Those who successfully meet the course outcomes will earn Outdoor Council of Canada Field Leader – Hiking certification along with the necessary skills to be a confident hiking leader. Most of the instruction will be in the classroom with some experiential lessons on the trail. Participants must attend the full two-day course in order to receive certification. For further information regarding Field Leader - Hiking Certification, please go to the Outdoor Council of Canada.

"My experience as a recent graduating student of the OCC / Hike NS partnered Hiking Field Leader Certification Course can only be described as excellent in every conceivable way. The curriculum, the skilled instructor, the practical components that had us learning and doing just in time, the communications and the best practice sharing. Top notch and high caliber! This was an incredibly high return on investment of time over the two days. I look forward to further deepening my knowledge in Outdoor Leadership through the professional development offered through these excellent organizations. Well done!"
-Ann Worth


The cost is $150 (with an additional 15% off for paid Hike NS members). A reduced fee of $125 is available for Duke of Edinburgh leaders. Registration includes an electronic course manual and a one-year membership with the Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC members have access to many benefits). Note that the Field Leader - Hiking course plus Winter module is $200 (with an additional 15% off for paid Hike NS members and a reduced fee for Duke of Edinburgh leaders). All participants must sign a waiver. Further course information will be provided upon registration. Participants are responsible for their own accommodation, meals and transportation.


Subsidies are available to those from equity-seeking groups. Please contact us if you would like to access one.

June 15-16: Halifax - Course Complete
This course was suppported by the Government of Canada and ParticipACTION.

September 7-8: Digby - Register Here

November 2-3: Parrsboro - Register Here

More Field Leader - Hiking courses will be offered in the fall of 2024 - specific dates and locations will be announced soon. 

Closed courses for specific organizations can be arranged for a flat fee at any time. Please contact us to learn more as well as possible sources of funding to help your group get this training. 

Cancellation Policy

Hike NS requires three full days’ notice in order to reimburse anyone who wishes to cancel their registration. For example, if a course will take place on June 3, notice of cancellation by email or phone must be received by 5 pm on May 30 (allowing June 2, June 1 and May 31 as the three full days). Sometimes Hike NS must cancel a course due to instructor illness, low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstance. If Hike NS has to cancel the course, you will be contacted at least a day in advance and will be fully reimbursed.

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