Trainings and Certifications

Interested in developing your leadership skills while you hike, bike, climb, and paddle your way through life with the ORC? Our outdoor leadership and educational training and certifications provide patrons with experiences that help develop basic, intermediate, and advanced technical skills, as well as facilitation and leadership methods to manage groups during outdoor activities. Whether your knowledge and time spent in the outdoors are extensive, or you've still yet to get that first overnight trip under your belt, these programs are great opportunities for professional and personal growth for all experience levels.

Backcountry Travel & Leadership

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast interested in developing your outdoor leadership skills and becoming an Adventure Facilitator, this course is for you. During this multi-day, professionally instructed, and administered course, participants will embark on a backpacking trip and kayaking tour, where they will learn the skills necessary to successfully lead outdoor activities in the backcountry. Successful participants will earn certifications in Leave No Trace Trainer and American Canoe Association Essentials of Kayak Touring Skills.

Wilderness First Aid

Come learn Wilderness First Aid instructed by NOLS Wilderness Medicine. This course features a hands-on curriculum focusing on real-world applications/scenarios to better prepare you for your outdoor adventures.

NOLS' curriculum is unique and includes many advanced topics other programs leave out such as dislocation reduction, focused spinal assessment, and epinephrine administration. In just two days, you'll have the knowledge, skills, and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations.

This course is ideal for trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts, students conducting fieldwork in the backcountry, and individuals in remote locations. NOLS' course is pre-approved by such organizations as the American Camping Association, the United States Forest Service, and other governmental agencies. This course does not include CPR.

Wilderness First Responder Recertification

Is your WFR certification expiring soon? Here's your chance to recertify at the WSU Outdoor Recreation Center in Pullman! The Hybrid WFR Recertification includes an online component, in addition to the traditional scenarios and skills. Pre-work allows you to review the curriculum at your own pace, and focus on the hands-on element during your two days on course. You'll just need to complete all online components, including a written exam, prior to the course. 

Climbing Wall Instructor Course

The Climbing Wall Instructor course provides prospective instructors with an in-depth uniform understanding of the abilities critical to facilitating and teaching climbing at the University Climbing Wall. Participants will be assessed on both their core knowledge and their ability to effectively teach and coach related skills. This course serves as the last step in the hiring process of climbing wall supervisors.

Ropes Course & Challenge Facilitator Training 

In Facilitator Training you'll develop leadership, communication, planning, and group management skills. All sessions involve participation, lecture, discussion, experiential education, and practicum modes to meet all learning styles. Some examples of past participants include Student Affairs Professionals, Camp Staff, Teachers, Trainers, Coaches, Counselors and Therapists, and all of our current staff. 

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