Outdoor Education

    Challenge Course Practitioner ACCT Certification (Association for Challenge Course Technology)

    Develop low and high ropes course competencies for certification. Topics include adventure foundations, facilitation and technical skills, risk management, program design, delivery and evaluation.

    Mountain Travel & Rescue I

    Prepares students to become proficient in expedition planning, implementation and leadership of backcountry travel experiences while practicing and applying foundational skills in campcraft, land navigation, wilderness hiking and backpacking. Students learn core competencies of outdoor leadership, including diverse styles of …

    Wilderness Medical Preparation and Rescue

    Develops student knowledge in wilderness rescue and medical emergency preparedness through field simulations for land-based activities. Students participate in weekly day-long field trips. Special Requirement: This course involves moderate to high physical activity and the ability to be active and …

    Outdoor Emergency Care NSP Certification (National Ski Patrol)

    Trains students to the nationally recognized National Ski Patrol (NSP) standards of emergency medical care in a ski-resort environment for certification in OEC (Outdoor Emergency Care). Outdoor Emergency Care is a training program tailored to the non-urban rescuer. OEC primarily …

    Fundamentals of Technical Rock Climbing

    Provides students with an introduction to the philosophy, principles, and practices of technical rock climbing. Topics include equipment selection and use, objective hazard evaluation, safety systems, and rock climbing techniques that are consistent with the standards set by the Professional …

    Top Managed Climbing Instructor – Upgrade Module

    This climbing instructor course can be used as an upgrade from a lower level PCIA course or certification, or this could be considered continued education for a current top managed instructor. The course is delivered over one full weekend plus …

    Rock Climbing Instructor PCIA Certification (Professional Rock Climbing Instructors Association)

    Introduces instructor competencies & curriculum for top rope rock climbing certification. Topics include technical proficiency, equipment, safety, site and group management, leadership and teaching, curriculum development and basic rock rescue.

    American Canoe Association (ACA) Professional Certification – Upgrade Module

    This  American Canoe Association (ACA) instructor course can be used as an upgrade from a lower level ACA course or certification, or this could be considered continued education for a current ACA instructor. Students will participate in Advanced Swift Water …

    Introduction to Nordic Skiing

    Introduces foundational skills in Nordic track and skate and Nordic downhill ski disciplines. Topics include beginner and intermediate cross country track and ski touring skills for both on-and off-trail skiing in low to moderate elevation snow terrain. Students participate in …

    Wilderness First Responder Recertification

    The fully in-person Wilderness First Responder Recertification is full, but we are collecting a waitlist. Click the “pre-register” button to add your name to our waitlist, or email train@gcc.mass.edu with any questions. The 2024 training will take place from Jan. …

    Introduction to Outdoor Adventure Skills

    Develops technical skills in four adventure program areas: backcountry travel, paddling, rock climbing and challenge course programming. Students observe, imitate, practice and adapt technical and facilitation skills. Students participate in weekly, day-long, local field trips. Special Requirement: This course involves …

    Wilderness First Responder

    Registration for the January 2024 session of Wilderness First Responder Training is now closed. Email train@gcc.mass.edu with any questions.  The next session of Wilderness First Responder Training  will take place from January 9th, 2024 to January 18th, 2024, 8am to …

    Wilderness First Aid (WFA) & CPR

    In this hands-on two-day workshop, earn the nationally recognized SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certification!

    River Canoe Instructor Professional Certification ACA Certification (American Canoe Association)

    Introduces competencies and curriculum for certification in canoe touring and river canoe courses. Topics include hazard assessment and safety, technical knowledge and skills development, decision-making and judgement, instructional and leadership abilities in a river environment.

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