Aboriginal Tourism Operations


Program Description

This program prepares learners for a rewarding career in the Aboriginal Tourism sector. Students gain practical skills and knowledge in ecotourism, heritage interpretation, and cross-cultural tourism. After completing the in-class courses, students continue with a practicum placement with a tourism company based in Metro Vancouver. A major component of this certificate program is learning how to incorporate Indigenous culture and heritage into the tourism industry.

Program Summary

Length: 9.5 months
Offered: September to July
Credits: 35.5
Credential: Certificate
Format: Full-time
Schedule: Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm
Practicum: Four weeks
Transferrability: Aboriginal Tourism Management Diploma at NEC


Career Path

Our graduates find employment with various organizations including non-profit agencies, First Nation governments, or municipal, provincial, or federal governments. The jobs may include:

  • Guest Services Coordinator
  • Vacation Advisor
  • Customer Service Agent
  • Tour Guide

Course Schedule 

Term 1 - September                                         Term 2 - January                          Term 3 - April

English 110

Academic English

TSM 113 Customer Services in Tourism TSM 117 Practicum Preparation Seminar

TSM 105

Computer Applications

TSM 120 Special Events Management TSM 118 Practicum

TSM 110

Introduction to Aboriginal Tourism

TSM 125 Cross-Cultural Tourism    

TSM 114

Heritage Recovery and Interpretation

TSM 112 Ecotourism    

TSM 115

Aboriginal Interpretation Field Experience

TSM 116 Ecotourism Field Experience    

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Admissions Requirements

  • Grade 12 completion
  • Minimum "C" grade in English 12
  • Minimum "C" grade in Math 11
    or complete written assessment with "C" grade or higher
  • CAAT assessment
  • Interview with Program Coordinator
Apply Online  
  • In-Person: Our address for the admissions office is main floor at 235 East 5th Avenue, Vancouver BC. (We are located just off Main Street)
  • By Fax: Download an application and fax to our admissions office at (604) 873-1440
  • Online: Complete and submit your Online Application

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This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

For more information, contact:

Admissions Department
(604) 873-3772 Ext. 328