Recreation Leadership Training

What is the purpose of the program?

This Certificate Program includes ten courses and a fieldwork component. The program provides key recreation leadership training as well as practical skills and knowledge for Recreation Leaders to be effective in the delivery of recreation services in the community.

What are the objectives of the program?

  • Present practical, relevant courses leading to successful completion of the Certificate Program ;
  • Provide experiential learning through fieldwork assignment and practical experiences to enhance academic skills learned in the classroom;
  • Prepare students for successful completion of occupational certification as a Recreation Leader;
  • Enhance the recognition of the recreation leaders training through accreditation and partnerships with other institutions.

Why should I take this program?

Courses within the program provide Recreation Leaders with skills and knowledge in broad topic areas and enable them to be more effective in the position. Accreditation for selected courses is also provided with the College of the Rockies Tourism and Recreation Management Certificate and Diploma programs.

What do participants receive upon completion?

Students completing all required courses within the Community Recreation Leader Certificate Program will receive a Certificate of Program Completion.

When and Where?

Up to five courses are delivered each year in NWT communities and or regional centres.

Several courses are now available online.

Courses Available

Active Kids- HIGH FIVE®

Course Description:

The Active Kids- HIGH FIVE® workshops include the delivery of three one day workshops.

Active Kids (Physical Literacy), HIGH FIVE® (Principles of Healthy Child Development) and HIGH FIVE®  (Strengthening Children’s Mental Health).


Active Kids (Physical Literacy)) focuses on teaching leaders to support the mastery of fundamental movements which require balance, coordination, agility and spatial awareness.

HIGH FIVE®  -  PHCD (Principles of Healthy Child Development) focuses on understanding the principles of healthy child development and applying these principles within activity programs.

HIGH FIVE® - SCMH (Strengthening Children’s Mental Health) focuses on understanding the key concepts and factors that affect children’s mental health and developing strategies to promote positive mental health among children and youth.


Course Description:

Students will develop skills as a writer and communicator for business purposes in a recreation context. Activities will focus on planning, organizing, composing and revising business messages. Documents will include letters, memos, email and other business messages with an emphasis on clear, concise communications. Students will also be introduced to the applications of Microsoft Office 2010 suite: Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


Course Description:

Students are required to complete ten fieldwork assignments of which six are mandatory and four may be chosen from a list of optional assignments. All assignments relate to program curriculum and have been developed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate competency in required skill and knowledge areas.

Northern Recreation Leadership

Course Description:

This course will focus on providing students with an understanding of the role leadership plays in developing and delivering recreation services in northern and aboriginal communities. Students will also gain an understanding of different leadership styles and the importance of using different leadership strategies and techniques in different situations. Problem solving, conflict resolution and oral communication will also be a focus within the course.

Outdoor Leadership

Course Description:

This course focuses on the planning and implementation of northern type activities such as outdoor pursuits and on the land activities. Students will learn how to plan and organize an outdoor activity trip such as winter camping or a canoe trip and receive instruction in wilderness survival, safety and emergency survival skills. The use of traditional knowledge will also be a focus within the course.

Personal Management Skills

Course Description:

This course offers students an opportunity to develop the personal management skills necessary for greater professional, academic, social and emotional success required in their work, academic and social environment. Students will develop skills in communication, problem solving, decision-making, self-awareness, self-esteem, assertiveness, professionalism, personal and financial planning, time management, and goal setting. Through selected team-building exercises, students will improve their confidence and self-awareness necessary to deal with personal challenges.

Recreation Facility Operations

Course Description:

The students will examine the challenges and successes in current northern recreation facility operations and management in this course. They will also be introduced to facility design concepts and be provided instruction in preventative maintenance, risk management as well as practical skills involved in the operation and servicing of recreation facilities. Other topics that will be covered include developing policy and procedure manuals, energy management and facility scheduling.

Recreation Finances and Fundraising

Course Description:

This course introduces the student to the key aspects of budgeting, record keeping and financial management relevant to a community recreation operation. The student will become familiar with preparing and administering a budget for recreation services as well as understand the budget planning process and accountability requirements. Other course components include lottery licence application and reporting, concession management and developing fundraising proposals and projects.

Recreation Program Planning

Course Description:

This course examines the process for designing and implementing successful community recreation programs and special events. Students will develop strategies for determining community recreation needs and be exposed to different types of programs/activities/events that can be implemented in the community.  Developing programs that respond to diverse interests within the community will also be a focus of the course.

Traditional Games and Sport Coaching

Course Description:

This course introduces the student to all aspects of traditional games and the coaching skills needed to instruct participants in the games. The student will become familiar with the history and rules of both Dene and Inuit games, and what the games mean to people.  They will have an opportunity to participate in many of the games and learn how to organize a traditional games event. Community coaching certification will also be a component of the course.

Volunteer Development (Moodle)

Course Description:

This course will assist community recreation leaders in developing a volunteer base. It will also consider current challenges and issues related to volunteerism that exist for northern recreation leaders. Students will gain an understanding of how in their own communities the volunteer system can work effectively and what the necessary skills are to accomplish this.

This is an 8 week online course delivered through the Moodle eLearning platform. Students will be engaged through online discussion forums, webinars, videos, assignments and other self-directed learning activities. The course duration is 45 hours and students can expect to be engaged in course activities for 4-6 hours per week.

Working with Youth

Course Description:

This course covers traditional and contemporary youth leadership philosophies and practices. It also emphasizes an awareness and understanding of aboriginal youth issues. As well, an understanding of how adolescents develop and emerge as leaders in their families, schools, organizations and communities will be addressed. Through this understanding, students will learn how to implement age and situation appropriate youth programs and services. Students will also identify and enhance their own leadership/role modeling behaviours through practical application of leadership principles and concepts.