Risk Management Training for Administrators

NOLS Risk Services

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Risk Management Training for Administrators

In this two-day training for outdoor professionals and program administrators, you will build an action plan to improve your organization's risk management practices. Instructors will help you 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
  • Study Abroad, International Programs, and Travel Companies
  • Military Outdoor Programs
  • Camps
  • Wilderness Therapy Programs
  • Guide Services
  • Scientific Research Entities
  • Others Operating in Remote Enviroments


What you'll recieve

Outcomes and Benefits to Your Program

  • Learn a structured approach to designing a risk management plan.
  • Analyze your approach to risk oversight; risk-mission alignment and activity selection staff hiring and training; equipment, food, and transportation; and emergency and crisis planning.
  • Participate in exercises to help you evaluate your approach to staffing, contracting, and serious incident response.
  • Learn effective practices and dialog with peer organizations

Tools and Resources

  • 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
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Fall 2019





September 10-11, 2019


Golden, CO

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October 29-30, 2019


Albuquerque, NM

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November 11-12, 2019 (tentative)


Spokane, WA (prior to AEE/AORE Conference)






10% discount for NOLS grads and AEE members
15% discount for AEE accredited programs

Skills Learned

Organization or program-level risk management

Minimum Age

18 yrs.


Certificate of Completion


16 hours

Additional Details

Eligible for continuing education credits through American Camp Association's Educational Endorsement Program

Financial Aid

Scholarship assistance is available. Apply here.

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Course Topics

  • Risk Management Oversight 
  • Marketing
  • Participant Agreement and Enrollment Materials
  • Accepted Behaviors and Exclusion 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 
Students work with an instructor to determine their location on a map.

Bring NOLS Risk Services to You

Sponsor a risk management training for your own organization or in partnership with other programs. The cost for up to 12 participants is $5,200 plus travel expenses for one trainer. For 13-24 participants, the cost is $8,600 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 our Grads Say

"Perhaps the most valuable professional development I’ve ever taken. I will recommend it to everyone."

–Renee Jenkinson, Outdoor Program Director, Hawaii Preparatory Academy

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