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The NWTRPA offers training and program support to NWT recreation leaders and land-based programmers.

Visit our Events page to see our scheduled upcoming trainings in your community!
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Elders in Motion

Elders in Motion is a training and mentorship program that improves the access and quality of recreation programs for older adults. Community leaders enhance their knowledge, skills, and confidence in organizing and leading safe, engaging, and culturally appropriate recreation programs for older adults. 

Current available trainings are: Active Living Exercise Program, Balls and Balance Workshop, Fitness Falls Prevention, Gaining Strength in Long Term Care, and Intergenerational Programming Workshop. 


On the Land

The NWTRPA offers training and program support to people who support or deliver on the land programs, including Paddle Canada certifications; wilderness and remote first aid certifications; risk management planning; and program evaluation.


Fitness Leadership

Fitness Leadership provides training to community members to become certified fitness leaders. NWT residents no longer have to travel south or take online courses to become certified fitness leaders. Residents can participate in training in their own community because the NWTRPA facilitates Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association (AFLCA) certifications in affiliation with the Alberta Provincial Fitness Unit.



HIGH FIVE® is Canada’s only quality standard for organizations that provide recreation and sport programs to children aged 6 to 12. As an authorized provider, the NWTRPA is a partner in delivering HIGH FIVE® training across the NWT to community recreation leaders.    Through HIGH FIVE® training, recreation, sport, and after school leaders learn how to incorporate the Principles of Healthy Child Development into their everyday programming. The HIGH FIVE® Principles emphasize the social, emotional, and cognitive needs of children to help front-line leaders engage participants, build relationships, and resolve conflict.  


Recreation North

The Recreation North Training Program is designed for anyone living in the Yukon, NWT, or Nunavut, who works or would like to work or volunteer in recreation. This fully online program (with the occasional option of in-person delivery) is flexible and allows participants to work toward a Certificate in Northern Recreation Leadership, or just take one or two courses. Recreation North also offers an in-person certificate in recreation leadership for northern youth, in which participants learn to lead safe, quality recreation programs and activities, while also developing an appreciation for the benefits of community recreation.

NWTRPA Annual Conference


Established in 1989, the NWTRPA Conference is a multi-day educational event for recreation professionals, on the land leaders, educators, Elders, health care workers, youth centre workers, and volunteers from across the NWT. The conference provides an opportunity to examine trends and issues affecting the recreation sector and offer training. The NWTRPA’s Annual General Meeting is held during the conference, allowing recreation leaders from across the territory to participate.