Southwest Mountain Instructor Course

Southwest Mountain Instructor Course


  • We will begin taking applications for 2017 instructor courses on September 1, 2016
  • The application deadline for 2017 instructor courses is November 15, 2016
  • You will be notified of your application status by February 1, 2017
Come explore the wilderness of the American Southwest on your Mountain Instructor Course. While the focus will be on fine-tuning your teaching and leadership skills, you’ll also have ample time to experience both the Gila Wilderness and the desert beauty of Cochise Stronghold. You and your coursemates will have outdoor experience already, so we’ll focus our time on going over the fundamentals of teaching the NOLS curriculum, both for backpacking and rock climbing. But we won’t be doing all the teaching—you’ll have the chance to present your own classes and fine-tune your own teaching techniques, as well.

Get more information on instructor course qualifications and application process here.


Location NOLS Southwest
Tuition $5,015 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $250
Minimum Age 21
Duration 34 Days
Type Instructor
Start/End Tucson, Arizona
Fly in/out Tucson, Arizona
College Credit
  • 6 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Leadership
  • 2 Hours Risk Assessment
  • 2 Hours Outdoor Educator
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