Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for Local Students

  • A Local Student is considered as:
    • Canadian Citizen
    • Permanent resident of Canada
    • Holder of a Canadian visa (excluding IEC or Study permit) for longer than 6 months
  • All students applying to WAS must be 18 years or older.
  • For program/course specific requirements please see the program/course page.

Admission Requirements for International Students

  • An International Student is defined as someone who is NOT a:
    • Canadian Citizen
    • Permanent resident of Canada
    • Holder of a Canadian visa for longer than 6 months (excluding an IEC or study permit) i.e. permanent resident or refugee status in Canada

Note: For any study program longer than 6 months people with a valid visa do need a study permit regardless.

  • All students applying to WAS must be 18 years or older.
  • Proof of sufficient English requirements.
  • For program specific requirements please see the program page.
  • Receive a valid Canadian Study Permit before program starts.

English Requirements

Students must meet the following English Requirements (or equivalent) to be enrolled into any course or program:

  • IELTS General Training: Listening: 4.5 | Reading: 3.5 | Writing: 4 | Speaking: 4
  • CELPIP-General: Listening: 2H | Reading: 2H | Writing: 2H | Speaking: 2H
  • IELTS: 4+
  • TOEFL iBT: 52-62
  • TOEFL PBT: 470
  • Cambridge: PET (Merit)
  • CLB Stage: 4
  • CEFR: B1
  • Duolingo: 75
  • Online test results: B1 minimum

How to Prove yourEnglish Language Proficiency

Provide WAS with a copy of any English test certificate taken with an internationally recognized testing system. This certificate must be verifiable with the testing institute and have the students’ grades included to allow for equivalence comparison.

To test your level, you can take this free practice Online Test  If you do not have an English certificate, you can take this official online test and pay approximately $20 to get your certificate. A copy of test results must be submitted with your application. All students also have an admission interview with a WAS Admission advisor to demonstrate their listening and speaking level of English. Students may be subject to re-testing upon arrival.

Provide WAS with copies of course certifications completed in English at other institutions. This certificate must be verifiable with the other institution and have the students’ grades included.

Transfer Student Process

Whistler Adventure School welcomes applications from transfer students.

Students who have completed similar college coursework may receive some credit for individual courses/course work. To be considered for admission, a transfer applicant must submit the following:

  • A completed and signed application for admission.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges (or any other post secondary institution) previously attended.

In addition, students must:

  • Be eligible to return to their most recently-attended college, if a 4-year institution.
  • Be in good standing at all colleges previously attended.

Work presented for transfer must be from regionally accredited colleges and is subject to final evaluation by the Registration Office.


Opportunities to study abroad or take a Gap Year are available to students from around the world. Students can apply to Canadian immigration to study at Whistler Adventure School if they are enrolled into one of the full programs. WAS offers the chance to study abroad or take a Gap Year for up to one year in Whistler while learning new skills, exploring the mountains and continuing in education.

All international students requiring a study permit will have to apply through the Canadian immigration website and will need to have a Letter of Acceptance and Work Requirement letter issued by the school. Expect to wait up to 8 weeks for your study permits to be processed.

International students will be trained on our courses with real world skills. The specialized training uses a 4 weeks course format and WAS provides all the equipment needed on courses.

Whistler Adventure School Scholarships

WAS recognizes the diversity and enrichment that national and international students contribute to the Whistler community. WAS supports the accomplishments and altruism of outstanding students from around the world by awarding scholarships annually to deserving students in one year programs.

Whistler Adventure School is proud to be able to offer two scholarships to help students who need finanical assistance to study at the school.

WAS Ambassador Scholarship

The WAS Ambassador Scholarship is available to students enrolled in either the full-year Marketing Media Manager or the Mountain Sport Technician program. As recipients of the WAS Ambassador Scholarship, students will be tasked with sharing content that reflects their educational journey and the unique facets of their Whistler experience, as guided by their designated Advisor.


To be considered for the Ambassador Scholarship, you must:
  • be a full program student studying at WAS in the full year  Marketing & Media Manager or Mountain Sport Technician Program
  • demonstrate a need for financial assistance
  • agree and adhere to the WAS Scholarship Agreement which will outline an agreement to share a limited amount of photos, videos, blogs or other parts of your WAS experience to share your student experiences with others.
  • be interested in the impact of your activities on people and communities

"No Limits" Scholarship

This scholarship is open to all students who have been accepted to a Whistler Adventure School diploma program. There are more spaces available for the one-year Mountain Sport Technician Program and the one-year Marketing Media Manager Program, but there are funds also available for the Bike Guide Training, Ski/Snowboard Guide Training, Adventure Tourism Winter and Adventure Tourism Summer programs.


To be considered for the "No Limits" Entrance Scholarship, you must:
  • be a accepted into any WAS program
  • demonstrate a need for financial assistance
  • demonstrate accomplishment & altruism and a desire to pursue a career in the outdoor tourism or related industry
  • be interested in the impact of your activities on people and communities and be committed to the Whistler experience with the desire to seek employment with relevant local businesses
  • Agree and adhere to the Scholarship Agreement


To be considered for the WAS 'No Limits' Scholarship, you must:
  • Fill in this application form below
  • Write a Personal Essay
  • Provide a Letter of Reference
  • Create a Personal Video

Scholarships are awarded after students have successfully submitted both the general WAS application and the scholarship application.

Students will be notified by email prior to receiving their Offer of Admission to WAS

Scholarships are awarded towards tuition payments and reduce the amount of the overall cost of the tuition. The scholarship reduction is applied equally to your tuition payments.

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