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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

March 3-4, 2015


Seattle, WA


Course Description

April 7-8, 2015


San Francisco, CA Application Course Description

Sept. 22-23, 2015


Denver, CO Application Course Description

Oct. 13-14, 2015


Portland, OR


Application Course Description
Nov. 16-17, 2015 (tentative)

Atlanta, GA


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

Custom Risk Mangement Training

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July 24-Aug. 2, 2015 South Vietnam Course Description

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

Tools to Manage Risk: What You Get

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
Liz Tuohy - Senior Risk Management Consultant
As part of NOLS Professional Training's staff, Liz brings 15 years experience as a NOLS field instructor and administrator. She has supervised over 300 field courses in risk management— from student behavior to crisis incidents. She also brings experience working for smaller wilderness programs and a wide range of participant activities. Liz has a B.A. in Biology (Colorado College). Liz helps people evaluate outdoor programs’ risk management strategies through trainings and site-specific risk management consults.


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 Area Specific Grants:

  • David Elton Outdoor Fund (for Canadians) - This grant ($250-1500) is available for Canadian charitable organizations who want training in risk management for outdoor youth organizations. Applications are accepted year round.
  • Albright-Wirth Grant (for NPS employees) - 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. Contact: Albright-Wirth grant administrator Lonnie Lowe (, 202-354-1487).
  • The Mountaineers Foundation - 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).
  • Walmart Community Giving Program - 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.

Select Workforce Grants:

  • Wyoming Business Training Grants for Existing Positions - This grant can provide up to $2,000 per trainee per fiscal year for established Wyoming businesses with existing employees who need a skill upgrade or retraining in their current occupations.
  • Montana The Primary Sector Workforce Training Grant - This program is a state-funded program that provides grant funds to businesses for training of new and existing full-time workers. Full-time is defined as a predominantly year round position requiring an average of 35 hours of work each week. No more than $5,000 of grant funds will be provided for training each full-time employee. Applicants must provide $1 of match for every $3 dollars of grant funds.

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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