ENROLMENT MONTHS

September, October, November (January, April, June 2021) *Please consult WAS Representative for exact dates and details

LENGTH OF STUDY

605 full time hours within 12 months

CREDITS

24

CREDENTIAL

Diploma

Cytech technical one and two

Accredited by Government of B.C. Private Training Institutes Branch (PTIB).

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

This program teaches the basic fundamental skills necessary to become a part of the summer and winter outdoor tourism industry. Skill sets emphasized include snow safety, ski, snowboard, trail building,  survival and winter camping. Students will be equipped to enter the retail, manufacturing and outdoor industry on an entry level.  Note that this program replaces the previous Retail Manufacturing Manager Program.

In addition, through the bicycle mechanic course they will receive Internationally recognized Cytech Certification  Students have an option to select either Principles of Digital Marketing and Media or Experiential Leadership and Guiding to include in their Mountain Sport Technician Program Diploma.

(Students who wish to take a course as an individual course are welcome to do so. Upon course completion students receive a course certificate for their individual course. For details see Course Pages.)

WHO IS IT FOR?

A program suited to a student seeking to learn more about mountain sports and the retail manufacturing industry, ideally those interested in Snow/Bike/Outdoor industries. No prior experience is needed but a passion for practical learning is beneficial.

Interested in finding out more about our gap year programs? Check out our student gap year page.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Upon completion of this program the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:
  • Utilize skills fundamental in the basic relationship of retail and manufacturing as it relates to the Snowsport and Biking industry. 
  • Identify opportunities within the Biking and Snowsport industry to create products and businesses people desire. 
  • Create the steps necessary to start a new business within the industry.
  • Develop a working knowledge of retail and manufacturing terminology, trends, and strategies.
  • Demonstrate workflow models for trail building with safety of workers in practice.
  • Demonstrate proper trail building construction techniques.

CERTIFICATIONS OBTAINED

  • Program Diploma

POSSIBLE CAREER OCCUPATIONS

  • Trail Builder
  • Outdoor Leadership Positions
  • Bicycle Mechanic
  • Boot Fitter
  • Ski/Board Tuner
  • Production Manager in Ski/Snowboard Manufacturers
  • Operations Manager Manufacturing
  • Retail Assistant/Manager
  • Sales Associate/Representative
  • Promotional Representative
  • Technical Representative

PROGRAM COSTS

Tuition Fee Local$7,500 CAD
Tuition Fee International$12,500 CAD
Application Fee$250 CAD
Textbook Fees$75 CAD
Course Material Fees$900 CAD
Online Payment

WAS GENERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum 18 years of age or older
  • All students must meet WAS Language Proficiency Assessment Policy.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Ability to lift 20 kg /44 lbs

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • None

SPECIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • None
Admissions Requirements

COURSES – Note that some course dates have been altered due to Covid 19 – please consult your WAS representative for details

*Students will choose one of Experiential Leadership and Guiding OR Principles of Digital Marketing

CourseProgramMonthHours
Principles of Digital Marketing and Social MediaMountain Sport TechnicianJanuary
June
45
Experiential Leadership & GuidingMountain Sport TechnicianMarch45
Bicycle MechanicMountain Sport TechnicianApril
June
60
Boot FittingMountain Sport TechnicianSeptember40
Ski and Snowboard TuningMountain Sport TechnicianOctober40
Ski and Snowboard ProductionMountain Sport TechnicianOctober/November60
Sustainable Trail BuildingMountain Sport TechnicianSeptember 60
Co-op Work ExperienceMountain Sport Technician300
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CHRIS CLARK

Chris took up mountain bike racing as a young teenager, as a result was encouraged to learn how to maintain his own bike. Chris has grown up racing mtb’s and moved to Whistler where he’s worked in many local bike shops, moving up from being the quiet young grom at Whistler Bike Co to head mechanic for Comor Sports.


DOM MORIN

Courses:
Ski/Snowboard Production


SAM MCDONALD

Sam has modified almost every ski boot on the market, punched more shells, and molded more custom boots than anyone else in Whistler. He has spent the last 15 years working through the Surefoot ranks until being given his own flagship store in the heart of Whistler.


DEREK RHODES

After ten seasons working at other Tuning Shops in Whistler Derek realized that the focus had shifted to rental fleet maintenance, good quality tuning for customers was no longer a priority. Derek felt that Whistler needed a Shop to preserve the real “Ski Shop feel” and to cater to customers that desire consistently well tuned equipment.

“The Best School Ever! I remember those times in Slovakia when we were sitting in school and studying unimportant subjects. We had wasted 70% of the time by learning something which we had never used. The result was that we forgot everything after exams passed by… WAS has a different approach. Pick only the subjects you are passionate about and have fun by learning useful stuff. I have graduated in the Retail and Manufacturing Program. I can say that I had enjoyed every single hour. I remember every lesson. I have created connections with teachers at those lessons. Thanks to these connections, I’ve got a job in Prior Snowboards as a ski builder. Good times. LIVE.LEARN.PLAY.”

– Adam Kubiš, Retail Manufacturing Manager Program (former Mountain Sport Technician Program)

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