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Administrative Risk Management Training:
Craft a Risk Management Plan
$ | 2 days (16 hours) | Building Stage

Building a comprehensive risk management plan can feel daunting. This training will provide a structured approach and the tools to build a risk management plan appropriate for your organization.

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Open Enrollment Risk Mangement Training
Dates Location Registration More Info

Sept. 22-23, 2015


Denver, Colorado Application Course Description

Oct. 13-14, 2015


Portland, Oregon


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Nov. 16-17, 2015


Atlanta, Georgia


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March 2016


Seattle, Washington    

April 2016


San Francisco, California    

May 2016


TBD, Alaska    
*10% off for NOLS and WMI Alumni Listing of Available Grants

NOLS comes to you...

Host an Administrative Risk Management Training for your own organization or in combination with other programs.

Up to 12 participants $4,500 plus travel expenses for 1 trainer
Up to 24 participants $7,415 plus travel expenses for 2 trainers

Hosted Risk Management Training


Nov. 5-6, 2015

Revelstoke, BC


Registration Information

Tools to Manage Risk: What You Get

  • Risk Management Action Plan Workbook (table of contents)
  • NOLS Crisis Management Template.
  • Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS Medical Protocol Package ($149 value)
  • Risk/Release, Health Screening, and Orientation Checklist examples
  • Self-study Program Assessment Tool (see below for outline)

Structured Training: Managing Risk With Purpose

Using case studies from 50 years of operations at NOLS and the collective experience of the group, we provide exercises that help quantify where your program is strong on risk management and identify the potential growth areas.

Self-study Program Self Assessment (outline)

A thorough examination of your current practices and protocols is the first step.

  • Administrative Process
    • Marketing

    • Enrollment Packet

    • Participant Agreement

    • Accepted Participant Behaviors & Expulsion Policies

    • Medical Review

    • Contractors
  • Staff Training and Program Risk Management

    • Evaluation and Incident Review
    • Hiring
    • Policies, Practices and Procedures

    • Staff Training

  • Field Support Services and Emergency Procedures
    • Equipment/Food

    • Transportation

    • Medical Treatment
  • Emergency Response Incident

    • Emergency Response Plans
    • Crisis and Media Plans
    • Exercise: Incident/Program Review

Outcomes and Benefits to Your Program

  • Learn a structured approach to organizing a risk management plan.
  • Think analytically about curriculum, administrative processes, staff hiring and training, field support services and crisis planning.
  • Use the NOLS risk management framework to evaluate an incident and a program for weaknesses in their risk management plan.
  • Participate in exercises to help you evaluate your approach to staffing, contracting, and emergency and crisis planning.


Experience You Can Trust

Liz Tuohy photo

Katie Baum Mettenbrink - Senior Risk Management Consultant

As part of NOLS Risk Management Services, Katie brings 12 years of experience as instructor and administrator, with over 135 weeks in the field on extended wilderness expeditions in the Western US, Alaska, and Chilean Patagonia. As program director for NOLS Alaska, she supervised faculty, risk management, curriculum, and student outcomes. Most recently, Katie oversaw hiring and strategic growth of the professional training instructor pool. She currently leads NOLS Risk Management Services, which provides consulting and training to organizations around the world, and serves on the steering committees for the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) and the NOLS Faculty Summit.


Tips on Finding Funding for your NOLS Risk Management Training:

  1. Start by looking within your own institution. Ask about a training budget or money for conferences.
  2. Check on-line through your state’s Department of Labor or Department of Commerce, keyword “Workforce Grants.” Several states offer this.
  3. If you are a teacher, you may be able to find specific grants, especially if you are working with under-served populations (e.g. at-risk youth, special education, children with disabilities.
  4. Search the Directory of Workforce Grant Opportunities (pdf) and see if you qualify.

Select Workforce Grants:

Select Area Specific Grants:

A developmental program that awards grants to NPS employees (individuals and groups of three or more) to to pursue self-improvement and develop leadership skills.

This grant promotes the study of the mountains, forests and streams of the Pacific Northwest, and contributes to preserving its natural beauty and ecological integrity. We fund modest short-term projects consistent with those purposes, with a maximum grant normally at $5000 (supporting: lectures, conferences, seminars; written or audiovisual awareness materials; curriculum or other instructional materials).

State and individual grants for non-profits from $250-$25,000 The Foundation has adopted four areas of focus: Education, Job Skills Training, Environmental Sustainability and Health. Applications are accepted Feb. 1 through Dec. 31. Applications must be completed in full and turned into the Facility Manager or Community Involvement Coordinator.


Whether your program is small or large, wilderness based or study abroad, you have a responsibility to your staff and participants to invest in risk management planning.

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"After working in the outdoor industry for the past 15 years, I am amazed to be able to return to NOLS and still have so much to learn from you folks. The depth and insight offered in your Risk Management Training, and the thorough inquiry into concepts and principles, left me both humbled, inspired, and well-prepared to move ahead with my clients."

Steve Smith M.A., P.H.R.
Owner and Consultant
Experiential Consulting , LLC




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