Everyone can benefit from our facilitator training! Participants develop leadership, communication, planning, and group management skills.

All trainings involve participation, lecture, discussion, experiential, and practicum modes to meet all learning styles. Some examples of past participants include Student Affairs professionals, camp staff, teachers/instructors, trainers, coaches, counselors and therapists, and all of our current University Recreation staff. These trainings are particularly helpful for those with outdoor experience, a desire to lead groups in the outdoors, and motivation for professional development.

Training Courses

We offer two types of training through the challenge program. Both are for the Challenge Course Practitioner, Level 1 (CCP1)

The Challenge Course Practitioner, Level 1 (CCP1) - Low only

20-hour training includes experiential education theory, facilitation practice, and lots of activities to do with your groups.
Sponsorships are available for prospective University Recreation staff members

The Challenge Course Practitioner, Level 1 (CCP1) - Low/High 

40-hour training includes all subjects from low only training, as well as inspecting, belaying, and running high elements.
Sponsorships are available for prospective University Recreation staff members


The training runs congruently and follows the standards as set by the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT). They are designed for the beginner facilitator and cover frontloading, debriefing, and sequencing of activities. The technical skills covered in this training include spotting, belaying, access climbing, and gear inspections. At the end of the training, you will have a wide repertoire of activities that you can lead on or off the challenge course. The last day of the course includes testing. Participants who successfully complete the training and testing will be offered a certificate of completion. This training is not a guarantee for employment with the UREC Challenge Program but is required to be hired.

Disclaimer: This training offers a WSU-wide qualification rather than a certification. Ropes course managers taking this course will not be provided with a certification in CCP1, as WSU is not a Professional Vendor Member through ACCT.  

Potential University Recreation Employment Opportunities:

If you are interested in working for UREC as a Facilitator or wanting the experience for professional/leadership development, please submit a resume, trip log/outline of outdoor experience, and cover letter to Arturo Gavilanes arturo.gavilanes@wsu.edu. We will review the application material and send the registration link to those who are selected. Participation in the course does not guarantee employment.

Current Offerings

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