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.

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Program Summary

Length: 11 months

Offered: September to July

Credits: 35.5

Credential: Certificate

Format: Full-time

Schedule: Mon-Fri, 9am - 3pm

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


Admissions Requirements

  • Grade 12 completion
  • English 12 “C” grade or higher or complete written assessment with "C" grade or higher
  • Math 11 with “C” grade or higher
  • CAAT assessment
  • Interview with Program Coordinator


Course Schedule

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

TSM 101

Business Communications

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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For more information, contact:

Admissions Department
(604) 873-3772 Ext. 328