This five-day course provides participants with an entry-level introduction to trail building.
Significant trail construction projects are occurring in Collie and Dwellingup that will take several years to complete. This creates potential opportunities for employment.
Who should apply
- Residents of the Shire of Collie and the Shire of Murray who are committed to working in the trails industry are encouraged to register for this hands-on course.
- Participants should be 17+ years of age.
About the course
- This course will include a large practical component, where participants will build actual trail features. While the program is not accredited, it has been designed to provide the skills and knowledge to prepare participants for employment in trail construction.
- Participants will combine classroom theory with hands-on experience in real trail construction environments led by world-class trail builder Nick Bowman.
- Trail builders from the WA industry will be present and supervise in-field work sessions.
- An entry-level job in this area is very physical but can also be satisfying in terms of creating a product that will be enjoyed by many.
- Places are limited and expected to fill quickly.
Safety and risk management in construction environments is of the utmost importance. As such, a prerequisite of the course is obtaining a construction induction white card. A number of providers offer this short online course for a small fee. If accepted, proof of attainment will need to be provided prior to commencing this training course.
- Complete the online application form on this page.
- If your application is successful, you will be emailed a registration form. (Note: This course is primarily for residents of the Shire of Collie and the Shire of Murray who are committed to gaining entry-level employment in the trails construction industry.)
- When we receive the registration form, you will be emailed a tax invoice for payment within seven days to confirm your place on the course.
- When the invoice is paid, you will be emailed a confirmation letter and further information about the course.
- If required, submit a copy of your construction induction white card prior to the commencing the course.
Included in the $75 fee
- Five-day training course
- A large component of the course will be practical. This will include working in small groups to construct trails and trail features.
- Theory sessions will include trail development process, sustainable trails principles, trail design, die-back awareness, visitor risk management, elements of flow and design, anchors, gateways, corners, turns, switchbacks, trail armouring, stonework and technical trail features.
- Lunch will be provided daily
- Mountain bike riding experience
- Some Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be supplied, including a hard hat, safety glasses, ear protection and Hi Vis vests
- Tools, pin flags and other equipment.
On completion of the course, there will be a small ceremony where participants will receive a certificate of attendance and acknowledgment of having demonstrated their job-readiness through the construction of a real section of trail.
You will need to bring
- Steel-capped boots
- Wide-brimmed hat
- Comfortable, long-sleeve shirt and long pants — preferably High Vis
- Water bottle
- Wet weather gear (weather dependent)
Nick Bowman will be the lead facilitator. Nick holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Conservation and Park Management. Nick has worked in a professional capacity to develop sustainable recreational trails since 2002. This includes experience in all levels of negotiation, planning and building from the shovel to the board room.
Nick was instrumental in establishing and then managing the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) as National Director. Over five years, he facilitated significant benefits for mountain bike riders and land managers across the country. Since then, Nick has been back in his natural habitat designing and building trails, including working with World Trail to help create sweet trails in Atherton (Qld) and Derby (Blue Derby, Tas).
Trail builders from the WA industry will be present and supervising in-field work sessions