Training Courses

NOLS Risk Services

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Why Risk Management Training?

You can step forward in the industry by actively managing the risks to your participants, staff, and organization. Risk management planning is critical for any organization taking people into remote environments, whether close to home or across the globe.

In the two-day NOLS Risk Management Training, you will build a prioritized action plan to improve your organization’s risk management practices. You will identify your program’s strengths and areas for growth. You will also learn a framework for designing risk management systems that meet the unique needs of your program.

Who should attend?

If you oversee a program that takes people off the beaten path, you are a good candidate for this course. Participants represent organizations from:

  • Outdoor education programs
  • Colleges and universities
  • Secondary schools
  • Study abroad, international programs, and travel companies
  • Military outdoor programs
  • Camps
  • Wilderness therapy programs
  • Guide services
  • Scientific research entities
  • Others operating in remote environments

Outcomes and Benefits to Your Program

  • Learn a structured approach to designing a risk management plan.
  • Analyze your approach to risk oversight, curriculum, staff hiring and training, field support services, and emergency planning.
  • Participate in exercises to help you evaluate your approach to staffing, contracting, and serious incident response.

Tools You'll Receive

  • Risk Management Action Plan Workbook
  • NOLS Crisis Management Template and NOLS Wilderness Medicine Protocol Package
  • Resource examples and templates, including a risk release, health form, orientation checklist, transportation policy, and more.

Course Topics

  • Risk Management Oversight
  • Marketing
  • Participant Agreement and Enrollment Materials
  • Accepted Behaviors and Expulsion Policies
  • Health Review
  • Subcontractors
  • Program Evaluation and Incident Review
  • Staff Hiring
  • Policies, Practices, and Protocols
  • Staff Training
  • Equipment/Food
  • Transportation
  • Medical Treatment
  • Emergency Response Planning
  • Crisis Management
  • Action Planning for your Organization

Upcoming Courses

Seattle, Washington

Course dates: March 5-6, 2019 (this course is full–waitlist only–submit application and note "waitlist" at top)
Tuition: $650*

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Tucson, Arizona

Course dates: April 16-17, 2019
Tuition: $650*

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Charlestown, Massachusetts

Course dates: April 23-24, 2019 (Filling fast!)
Tuition: $650*

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Course dates: May 7-8, 2019
Tuition: $650*

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*10% discount for NOLS alumni and Association for Experiential Education (AEE) Members | 15% off for Accredited AEE Programs

Bring NOLS Risk Services to You

Host a risk management training for your own organization or in partnership with other programs. The cost for up to 12 participants is $5,100 plus travel expenses for one trainer. For 13-24 participants, the cost is $8,400 plus travel expenses for two trainers. Pricing for international courses may vary. If you have more than 24 people, please contact us to discuss options.

"What an amazing class that was, I got so much more than I expected to get from it (and I had high expectations). The instructors were both extremely friendly and knowledgeable, the provided binder was full of awesome exercises that could be implemented with staff, and the protocols and materials were top notch!"

–Armando Diaz, Founder & Outdoor Guide, Explore Uncharted LLC