CERTIFICATION AT A GLANCE
Relevant, Prestigious Credentials Recognized by the Tourism Sector in Canada
Hunting guide samPle questions
A Hunting Guide is an environmentally q1. What is an example of
conscious person who possesses the skills being professional? PROFESSIONAL
needed to guide clients on a safe and
enjoyable hunting experience. 1. Raising clients’ expectations. CREDENTIAL
2. Answering questions truthfully.
emerit certification is a professional
distribution of exam questions 3. Offering personal advice.
credential recognized by tourism employers
The Hunting Guide exam has 100 ques- 4. Giving trophy game the most respect. across Canada.
tions, and is based on the following
q2. What information does a Hunting Certification is a demonstration of
breakdown, by Major Category from the
Guide need to know about bow hunting?
occupational standards: competency, which means that Certified
1. Sighting. Professionals meet job standards set by
standards major Category of exam items 2. Ammunition. industry.
3. Patterning. To become certified, individuals must:
A. Training 9
B. Professionalism 26 4. Loading.
• pass a knowledge exam;
C. Safety and Survival Skills 24 q3. How can a Hunting Guide assist cli-
D. Trip Preparation 9 ents who have difficulty hearing? • pass a practical evaluation of
E. Conduct Trip 22
1. Make eye contact with the client and
F. Conclude Trip 2 use hand gestures. • have the required experience
G. Legal and Employment Contract Issues 8 2. Note any difficulties the client has and Earning this important credential means
inform the outfitter/employer. that you will be recognized as a leading
PerformanCe evaluation 3. Speak slowly and offer an arm when professional in your industry.
walking in rough terrain.
A qualified evaluator will complete three By achieving emerit certification you
interviews with previous clients. Please see 4. Simplify instructions and use
demonstrations. earn the right to display your professional
accompanying sheet for additional details. designations on business cards and résumés.
q4. When should a Hunting Guide As a frontline employee, you’re eligible for
required exPerienCe consider canceling a trip? the Tourism Certified Professional (TCP)
60 field days with hunting clients over a 1. When wildlife activities have been designation. As a Supervisor you can achieve
minimum of 2 years; OR at least 50 days noted in the area. the Tourism Certified Supervisor (TCS)
with hunting clients plus an additional designation and as a Manager, you are
2. When the clients’ gear is inadequate.
10 days related outdoor guiding. eligible for the Tourism Certified Manager
3. When weather conditions pose a threat
to safety. (TCM) designation.
Standard first aid. 4. When the progress of the group is not
following the schedule. OPPORTUNITIES AND OPTIONS
Federal training for firearm safety. emerit certification recognizes training from
Answer key: 2,1,1,3 many programs and takes into account your
past experience and knowledge already
gained on the job. That means you don’t
have to start from scratch. You can enter the
emerit certification process at many points,
depending on your current knowledge and
experience, allowing you to tailor a program
that meets your needs.
Hunting Guide (HUG) 2.0, March 2006 CALL YOUR LOCAL CERTIFYING
ORGANIZATION: 1 800 486-9158
ABOUT THE EXAM The Day of the Exam ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE
The exam is supervised by a proctor. Make sure EVALUATION
to bring a piece of photo identification, as the The performance evaluation is a test of your skill
The exams are in a multiple-choice format. Exams proctor will need it for verification. on the job. The test is based on a selected range of
can be written in either English or French (some
The exam will start on time. Individuals that arrive skills from the standards, and may be in one of the
exceptions apply), and are available on-line
late may be asked to reschedule; it is otherwise following forms:
(scheduled at your convenience) or paper-based
(scheduled according to set exam dates). disruptive to other candidates.
• In-person Observation (may be incognito)
To book an exam date, call your local certifying For paper-and-pencil exams you’ll be given an
Examination Booklet with all of the required • Structured Interview/ Simulations;
organization or book it on-line by going to:
www.emerit.ca. information. For on-line exams you’ll be provided • Case Study; or
with Internet access and personal log-in
To cancel or make a change to your scheduled information. If support or reference material is • Portfolio
exam date, call your local certifying organization. required, it will be supplied.
A cancellation fee may apply. The Self-Review or Supervisor Sign-off Checklist
You will be given ample time to write the exam. will help you prepare. It contains all of the
Preparing for the Exam (Most candidates will take 2 to 3 hours to write potential skills you may be tested against. Ideally
Exams are based on occupational standards set the exam.) your supervisor will assist you in ranking the skills
for the occupation. Before writing the exam, you listed on this checklist. Once you have mastered
The Exam Passing Mark
should spend time reviewing these standards. all of the skills, then your supervisor signs off this
Identify your weakest areas or situations that you Each exam has a unique passing score. This checklist indicating that you are ready for the
have not been exposed to, and attempt to gain is because exams are built by assembling a formal evaluation.
more knowledge and experience in those areas. random group of questions from a larger bank
of questions. Each question has been reviewed
Optional on-line practice exams are available for and rated by an expert industry committee. Since REQUIRED EXPERIENCE
many occupations. Available at a minimal cost, each exam will be made up of a different mix of You will need to supply a record of relevant work
these exams will give you immediate results that questions, the passing score will vary. Typically, the experience to show that the requirements are met.
will help you: passing score will range between 65% and 85%. Backup records (such as pay stubs or letters from
Scoring employers) may be requested in order to verify the
• decide if you’re ready to write the knowledge
records. This information is supplied to your local
All exams are computer scored and verified. certifying organization.
• feel less nervous because you experience what Scores within a few points of the passing mark
are automatically verified and hand scored for Qualified experience must relate to the skills as
it feels like to write an exam that is much like
accuracy. Your local certifying organization will defined in the Occupational Standards.
the real thing.
contact you with the results.
Study Materials What if You Do Not Pass? PREREQUISITES
Optional training materials are available for most For some certification programs candidates may
You may re-write the exam as often as needed. A
programs. Developed and tested by tourism sector be required to meet additional conditions in
re-write fee may apply.
employees, employers and educators from across order to qualify. These conditions usually refer to
Canada, these national training materials are Candidates have the right to appeal examination practices concerning health or safety. For example,
based on occupational standards and can help scores. In these cases, the appeal is filed in writing candidates may be required to show they have
you prepare for Professional Certification. within 30 days after receiving the results. completed a program such as basic first aid,
gun safety, handling food safely or responsible
Find out more about the training materials by
contacting your local certification coordinator, or
see examples on-line at www.emerit.ca. Documentation that shows evidence of completion
of these prerequisites is supplied to your local
emerit certification credential are awarded to candidates based solely on achieving successful pass results on the certification
knowledge and performance examinations and on having met the specified experience criteria and prerequisites. The examinations
follow generally accepted testing principles. emerit guidelines for certification focus solely on recognizing achievements,
knowledge, and skills, rather than on, for example, predicting future job performance. emerit certification is voluntary.