UREC Training & Certification programs offer over 75 non-credit activities per year including multiple-week classes and one-day workshops in a variety of disciplines. Training and Certification programs differ from traditional sports programming and often vary in type, size, and duration.

Expand your horizons and become certified in first aid, CPR, lifeguarding, or prepare to be a personal trainer, fitness instructor, adventure facilitator, challenge facilitator, or climbing wall supervisor. 

Training and Certification Classes Offered:

  • Challenge Facilitator:

    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

    Details

    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 kelsey.gump@wsu.edu. We will then review the application material and send the registration link to those who are selected. Participation in the course does not guarantee employmen

  • First Aid/CPR/AED:

    Help save a life! Learn the skills necessary to recognize and respond to emergency situations until emergency services arrive. Class will include hands-on practice and instruction to ensure confidence in a real world setting. 

  • Fitness Instructor:

    Are you interested in becoming a UREC Group Fitness Instructor? If so, our Fitness Instructor Training (FIT) course is your first step to teaching group classes and inspiring active, healthy living.

    Our FIT course is a combination of lecture and practical application that will cover the basics of group exercise instruction including anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, exercise selection, choreography, injury prevention, cueing, and much, much more!

  • Swim Coaches Certifications- Lifeguard and Safety Trainings:

    Let the UREC Aquatic staff help you accomplish your goals of obtaining a variety of certifications.   

    Learn how to effectively prevent and respond to water emergencies with the American Red Cross lifeguard training. Our courses are designed to arm you with the skills and knowledge to prepare you for a variety of scenarios in and around the water. With our lifeguard training, you will learn how quick response times and effective preparation are vital to being a lifeguard while also understanding the crucial elements in helping to prevent drownings and injuries.

  • Backcountry Travel and Leadership:

    If you’re an outdoor enthusiast interested in developing your outdoor leadership skills, this course is for you. During this multi-day, professionally instructed and administered course, participants will embark on a season-specific backcountry adventure where they will learn the skills necessary to safely and successfully facilitate outdoor activities.

  • Climbing Wall Instructor Course:

    Learn to be a climbing wall instructor! Want to take your climbing experience to the next level and start applying it professionally? This is the course for you!

  • Wilderness First Aid:

    Come learn Wilderness First Aid instructed by the Wilderness Medical Institute (WMI). This course features hands- on curriculum focusing on real world application/scenarios to better prepare you for your outdoor adventures.

Current Offerings (registration is open)

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UREC Fitness Instructor Training (FIT): 2-Day Course

SRC Member: $0.00 Chinook Member: $0.00
Item ID: 188075

Schedule: Sat Sun 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM Location: Student Recreation Center Room 256

Registration: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - Friday, October 7, 2022

Open Spots: 11
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Class Dates: Saturday, October 8, 2022 - Sunday, October 9, 2022

Instructor(s): Jess W. (she/her)JJ M. (he/him)Devon T. (he/him)

We will learn the basics of group fitness instruction with UREC's Fitness Instructor Training (FIT) Course, which is required to work for UREC as an instructor. After successfully completing the FIT Course and subsequent format training and apprenticeship process, participants can audition to lead group fitness classes for UREC. Please note that completion of this course does not guarantee employment.

Safety Training for Swim Coaches (In-Water Skills Session)

SRC Member: $100.00 Chinook Member: $100.00 Non-Member: $125.00
Item ID: 188088

Schedule: Sun 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Smith Gym Room 77 (Pool)

Registration: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - Thursday, October 6, 2022

Open Spots: 15
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Class Dates: Sunday, October 9, 2022

Are you currently a swim coach or interested in becoming one? Take the American Red Cross Certification course now through UREC at Washington State University! This course teaches those involved in competitive swimming how to help maintain a comfortable and safe environment for swimmers, prevent accidents and emergencies and respond to swimmers with illnesses or injuries in water or on land. Most participants will be taking the course to satisfy the coaching requirements required by a national governing body, such as USA Swimming. Participants may represent a broad range of backgrounds and differ in levels of education and experience. They may be taking the course to fulfill employment requirements, to complete requirements for a major area of study or certification, or for personal satisfaction.

Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED (October 2nd, 10am)

SRC Member: $72.00 Chinook Member: $72.00 Non-Member: $82.00
Item ID: 188105

Schedule: Sun 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Location: Student Recreation Center Room 144 (Classroom)

Registration: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - Friday, September 30, 2022

Open Spots: 12
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Class Dates: Sunday, October 2, 2022

Learn to save a life! American Red Cross safety education classes will prepare you for emergencies. This training covers First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for workplace, schools, and community. The First Aid/CPR/AED certification is valid for 2 years from the date of completion.

Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED (October 16th, 10am)

SRC Member: $72.00 Chinook Member: $72.00 Non-Member: $82.00
Item ID: 188106

Schedule: Sun 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Location: Student Recreation Center Room 144 (Classroom)

Registration: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - Friday, October 14, 2022

Open Spots: 14
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Class Dates: Sunday, October 16, 2022

Learn to save a life! American Red Cross safety education classes will prepare you for emergencies. This training covers First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for workplace, schools, and community. The First Aid/CPR/AED certification is valid for 2 years from the date of completion.

Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED (November 13th, 10am)

SRC Member: $72.00 Chinook Member: $72.00 Non-Member: $82.00
Item ID: 188107

Schedule: Sun 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Location: Student Recreation Center Room 144 (Classroom)

Registration: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - Friday, November 11, 2022

Open Spots: 16
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Class Dates: Sunday, November 13, 2022

Learn to save a life! American Red Cross safety education classes will prepare you for emergencies. This training covers First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for workplace, schools, and community. The First Aid/CPR/AED certification is valid for 2 years from the date of completion.

Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED (December 4th, 10:00a)

SRC Member: $72.00 Chinook Member: $72.00 Non-Member: $82.00
Item ID: 188108

Schedule: Sun 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Location: Student Recreation Center Room 144 (Classroom)

Registration: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - Friday, December 2, 2022

Open Spots: 16
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Class Dates: Sunday, December 4, 2022

Learn to save a life! American Red Cross safety education classes will prepare you for emergencies. This training covers First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for workplace, schools, and community. The First Aid/CPR/AED certification is valid for 2 years from the date of completion.

Adult First Aid/CPR/AED (October 2nd, 10am)

SRC Member: $65.00 Chinook Member: $65.00 Non-Member: $75.00
Item ID: 188111

Schedule: Sun 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Location: Student Recreation Center Room 144 (Classroom)

Registration: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - Friday, September 30, 2022

Open Spots: 11
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Class Dates: Sunday, October 2, 2022

Learn to save a life! American Red Cross safety education classes will prepare you for emergencies. This training covers First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for workplace, schools, and community. The First Aid/CPR/AED certification is valid for 2 years from the date of completion.

Adult First Aid/CPR/AED (October 16th, 10am)

SRC Member: $65.00 Chinook Member: $65.00 Non-Member: $75.00
Item ID: 188112

Schedule: Sun 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Location: Student Recreation Center Room 144 (Classroom)

Registration: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - Friday, October 14, 2022

Open Spots: 16
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Class Dates: Sunday, October 16, 2022

Learn to save a life! American Red Cross safety education classes will prepare you for emergencies. This training covers First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for workplace, schools, and community. The First Aid/CPR/AED certification is valid for 2 years from the date of completion.

Adult First Aid/CPR/AED (November 13th, 10am)

SRC Member: $65.00 Chinook Member: $65.00 Non-Member: $75.00
Item ID: 188113

Schedule: Sun 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Location: Student Recreation Center Room 144 (Classroom)

Registration: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - Friday, November 11, 2022

Open Spots: 16
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Class Dates: Sunday, November 13, 2022

Learn to save a life! American Red Cross safety education classes will prepare you for emergencies. This training covers First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for workplace, schools, and community. The First Aid/CPR/AED certification is valid for 2 years from the date of completion.

Adult First Aid/CPR/AED (December 4th, 10:00a)

SRC Member: $65.00 Chinook Member: $65.00 Non-Member: $75.00
Item ID: 188114

Schedule: Sun 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Location: Student Recreation Center Room 144 (Classroom)

Registration: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - Friday, December 2, 2022

Open Spots: 16
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Class Dates: Sunday, December 4, 2022

Learn to save a life! American Red Cross safety education classes will prepare you for emergencies. This training covers First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for workplace, schools, and community. The First Aid/CPR/AED certification is valid for 2 years from the date of completion.

Personal Trainer Workshop - Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Training & Using BFR Bands

SRC Member: $0.00 Chinook Member: $0.00 Non-Member: $0.00
Item ID: 188405

Schedule: Tue 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Location: Student Recreation Center Room 144 (Classroom)

Registration: Friday, September 2, 2022 - Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Open Spots: 26
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Class Dates: Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Instructor(s): Clay Baxter

This class will go over the concept of Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) training from the foundation up, including the physiological science behind the relatively new practice. The interactive lecture will cover BFR used for personal fitness applications along with its emerging adoption in the rehabilitation field. The proper placement and general application of BFR bands will also be covered.

Coaching the Van Driver IV Sport Club Training

SRC Member: $0.00 Chinook Member: $0.00 Shared Facilites Member: $0.00
Item ID: 188428

Schedule:

Registration: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 - Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Open Spots: 19
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Class Dates: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 - Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Van Driver Training for UREC staff and Sport Club Federation members

Coaching the Van Driver IV Sport Club Training

SRC Member: $0.00 Chinook Member: $0.00 Shared Facilites Member: $0.00
Item ID: 188429

Schedule:

Registration: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 - Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Open Spots: 23
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Class Dates: Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Van Driver Training for UREC staff and Sport Club Federation members

Advanced Weight Training

SRC Member: $75.00 Chinook Member: $75.00
Item ID: 188436

Schedule: Mon Wed 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Location: Stephenson Fitness Center 101D

Registration: Monday, September 19, 2022 - Sunday, October 23, 2022

Open Spots: 8
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Class Dates: Monday, October 17, 2022 - Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Instructor(s): Nouci H.

Advanced Weight Training is designed for those who already have a beginner-intermediate level of competency concerning weight training activities, protocols, and program design and would like to expand their knowledge. Throughout this course you will work with a nationally certified personal trainer to learn moderate-high skill movements, non-traditional movements, and advanced program design schemes. As a participant you will not only walk away stronger and more fit, but also with a greater understanding of exercise science.

Intro to Weight Training at the SRC

SRC Member: $75.00 Chinook Member: $75.00
Item ID: 188441

Schedule: Tue Th 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Location: Student Recreation Center SRC Weight Room

Registration: Monday, September 19, 2022 - Sunday, October 23, 2022

Open Spots: 8
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Class Dates: Monday, October 17, 2022 - Thursday, December 1, 2022

Designed for those who are new to the weight room. Participants will learn the basics of weight training, how to navigate a weight room, how to use all the equipment, and more. After completing this 7-week course participants will leave feeling confident how to effectively use the weight room and design their own workouts.

Intro to Weight Training at the Chinook

SRC Member: $75.00 Chinook Member: $75.00
Item ID: 188442

Schedule: Mon Wed 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Location: Chinook Recreation Center Chinook Weight Room

Registration: Monday, September 19, 2022 - Sunday, October 23, 2022

Open Spots: 6
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Class Dates: Monday, October 17, 2022 - Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Instructor(s): Calvin B.

Designed for those who are new to the weight room. Participants will learn the basics of weight training, how to navigate a weight room, how to use all the equipment, and more. After completing this 7-week course participants will leave feeling confident how to effectively use the weight room and design their own workouts.