Outdoor Leadership

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Provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to lead entry-level or above adventure programs and services. Students learn by doing: activities are primarily field-oriented, with hands-on training. The certificate prepares you to design and deliver experiences in five areas: backcountry travel, rock climbing, paddling sports, Nordic skiing, and challenge course work. Certification competencies comply with adventure industry nationally recognized standards. OLP is accredited by the Association for Experiential Education.
  • Curriculum documents

    To plan certificate completion, see the course descriptions in the academic catalog which specify the planned semester(s) in which required classes are to be scheduled.

  • This program is intended for completion in two semesters of full-time study over one year. For required course sequencing please contact the program coordinator.

    Course descriptions are available in the academic catalog. Find courses

Student learning outcomes

Students completing a course of study in this program will be able to:

What’s next

Students are prepared to work in outdoor centers and organizations, paddling schools, outdoor schools such as NOLS and Outward Bound, human services organizations, educational institutions that utilize adventure, and a diverse variety of recreational programs and businesses. Students may transfer OLP credits to other multi-year degree programs in Adventure Education or Outdoor Education. Students with previous career skills may combine those with current technical training towards entrepreneurial ventures, counseling, or other specialized fields. Students may also choose to continue studies in outdoor education, adventure recreation, natural or social sciences, and a myriad of related fields.

The Outdoor Leadership program is a certificate that “stacks” into a GCC degree program. Depending on course selection, once you earn this certificate you’re already halfway to earning one of the following degrees:

These certificates are a great way to gain a valuable credential and increase your earning power and career potential, all while building a solid foundation for seamless transfer into one of our associate degree programs. Work closely with your advisor to make sure you choose the right classes to put you on track for an associate degree!

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