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?

The NOLS Risk Management Training is designed for administrators from outdoor and adventure programs, and other organizations that operate in remote environments. Participants represent organizations ranging from colleges and universities to secondary schools, study abroad and other international programs, travel companies, and outdoor education programs. We also welcome participants from military outdoor programs, camps, wilderness therapy programs, guide services, and scientific research entities, among others. If you oversee a program that takes people off the beaten path, you are a good candidate for this course.    

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.

Upcoming Courses

Seattle, Washington


Course dates: March 5-6, 2019
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
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.

"I highly recommend the NOLS Risk Management Training. It really was a game changer in how we manage risk within our outdoor education department and at our school."

- Andrew Nelson, Outdoor Education Coordinator for Punahou School