outdoor leadership training course (oltc)

The goal of the OLTC is to expose students to the WEA 6+1 and provide a model of the WEA approach to teaching and leading in the wilderness. The OLTC can serve as a great introductory course for students curious about or just entering the field of outdoor leadership or as the first step in formalized learning for outdoor enthusiasts. This course, offered only by WEA Organizational Member programs, exposes students to WEA practice in the field while introducing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for professional outdoor leadership. A typical college outdoor skills course, campus recreation introductory trip, or an outdoor skills overview course for the general public are common settings for this curriculum. Typically, no experience is necessary to participate.

The WEA 6+1 is a focused, standard-based curriculum that covers Outdoor Living, Planning and Logistics, Education, Risk Management, Environmental Integration, and Leadership plus Judgment and Decision-making. All of the training and certification programs of the WEA are grounded in the 6+1.


The OLTC course requires a minimum of three consecutive days in the field where the WEA approach to outdoor leadership is modeled by the instructor. 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 skill sets for outdoor leadership. Acquiring additional training from WEA providers as well as completing additional field experiences can serve as the gateway toward a position as an outdoor leader.

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