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Complete Wilderness Guide Program

Complete Wilderness Guide Program

Within the Voshaar MBO study, the Wilderness Guide course is a 3 year program.
This MBO training is very complete and is a total of 3300 hours. Students are CSWI level 1 and WGA Guide Boreal / Nemoral Upon completion and can apply for WGA Guide Boreal Forest Level 2. This training includes the specializations Nature & Wildlife, Winter Travel & Survival, Rescue, Tracking, Hiking & Backpacking, Interpretive Guiding and many more (see PDF document on this page)

We also want to offer the opportunity to other candidates to follow the ‘same’ training.
The requirements for WGA Boreal Forest Level 2 will be more than achieved within these three years.  If one wants to continue and complete CSWI Level 2 and 3, we offer a 4th year with a 2nd trip to Canada in the winter. And a 3rd trip to Canada to test skill, knowledge, and fitness. This will be accomplished by being in an assisting role.

The difference with the MBO program is that one does not have to take complete Outdoor Sports classes (such as rock climbing, recreational outdoor sports and whitewater) and no AVO subjects such as Dutch, Math, etc.

Besides the wilderness related subjects, one will be given lessons in teaching and leadership, didactics, public speaking and Coaching & Training. In addition, a lower number of training / experience hours is required than in the MBO study and some of these training hours are fulfilled within the program, called “Proof of Competence”
These PoC consists of teaching, preparing and guiding a trip / training. This will of course be done under guidance and supervision of Voshaar Teachers / Instructors / Guides.


Hike & Survival Instructor
Hiking & Backpacking Guide
Wilderness Leader
Nature & Wildlife Guide
IGA Interpretive Hiking Guide
New 2022-2023: Canoe Guide Level 1 (WT 2)
International Wilderness Guide Level 1 (Level 2 WT 4)
Medic First Aid
Wilderness & Remote First Aid
Search & Rescue

WT 1, Year 1, 290 hours: € 2100,-
WT 2, Year 2, 415 hours: € 3300,-*
* Costs Hike & Survival and Nature & Wildlife Guide courses included as service, if people want to start in year two, you will have extra hours training to attend though (about 160)
WT 3, Year 3, 490 hours: € 3600,-

Extra Year Winter Specialization Wilderness Guide (Boreal Level 2-3)
WT 4, Year 4, 290 hours: € 3000,-

All costs are exclusive travel, overnighters, insurance, food and drinks.
Overnighters at our location in Eibergen are included.
Travel in Canada is included (from startpoint Cochrane and to Banff / Cochrane on the last day)

Aditional costs.
WT 2: Night fishing permit Netherlands > Info
WT 3 and WT 4: WIN Card and the Public land Camping pass (about CAD 45,- in total)
You can purchase these at:

Students must be present at 70% of the hours to pass.
Most of the training outside of the Netherlands is mandatory.

Registration is open for: WT 1, WT 2, WT 3 and / or WT 4

Information in Dutch >