Professional Instructor Course - Mountain

Credit: Jared Steinman

Professional Instructor Course - Mountain

The primary purpose of this course is to train and evaluate potential NOLS instructors who already have extensive experience teaching in the outdoors. Each participant’s skills and abilities will be assessed and evaluated by the course instructors with the intent of determining their potential as an instructor. On this course, you will develop and refine the teaching and leadership skills needed to prepare you for professional positions at NOLS.

This course is conducted in Wyoming’s Wind River Range. Because the environment and terrain are representative of many NOLS programming areas, the Winds are ideal for introducing you to our field practices. The course includes two components: a multi-day leadership module taught in town and a backpacking expedition.

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APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 INSTRUCTOR COURSES ARE NOW CLOSED.

Check back in August for the 2020 instructor course application. 

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Specifics

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Tuition

TBA
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Duration

16 days

Minimum Age

25 yrs.

Academic Credit

3 College Credits
  • 3 Outdoor Educator
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Travel and Logistics

Start/End

Lander, Wyoming

Fly in/out

Casper, Wyoming

Skills learned

Backpacking

Additional Details

Prerequisite: 50 weeks of extended wilderness trip-leading experience, minimum of a 70-hour Wilderness First Responder and current adult CPR certification

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What Our Grads Say

“I considered the responsibilities I had that evening: cooking dinner for the group, setting up my tent, being present and engaged for classes, and something in me clicked. I was able to move beyond my exhaustion, to put it aside and focus on what needed to be done for the good of the group. I had felt that I had reached the end of my rope, but I found energy reserves I had previously been unaware of.” 

— Kaitlin C., NOLS Rocky Mountain Instructor Course grad

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