The goal of the WEA Outdoor Leadership Training Course (OLTC) is to expose students to the WEA Educational Components and to provide a model of WEA teaching styles. OLTC is a great introductory course for students just entering the field of outdoor leadership or the first step in formalized learning for individuals who enjoy outdoor pursuits for personal recreation. This course, offered only by WEA Organizational Member programs, exposures students to WEA practice in the field while deepening their grasp of the knowledge and attitudes necessary to professional outdoor leadership. A typical college outdoor skills course, campus recreation introductory trip, or an outdoor skills overview course for the general public could each include this curriculum. No experience is necessary to participate.


The basic OLTC course includes a minimum of 2 consecutive field days with overnight experiences where the WEA approach to outdoor leadership is modeled by the instructor. Participants receive a Certificate of Completion and a personalized assessment from the instructor to utilize toward the next step in their professional development. Course costs vary by provider, location, and activities.


The WEA Outdoor Leadership Training Course is NOT a certification program. Participants do not receive formal certification, rather a certificate of completion. There is no renewal of this certificate – the next step in the WEA Training Structure is the Certified Outdoor Leader.


The OLTC is an optimal way to begin the process of developing student skillsets for outdoor leadership. Acquiring additional training from WEA providers as well as completing additional field experiences serve as the gateway toward a position as an outdoor leader.


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