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Outdoor Industry Leadership Certificate: Open applications and free intro course

OSU-Cascades students and trip leaders hike out after rock climbing during the Headwaters Central Oregon Experience Trip at Smith Rock State Park on Friday, September 20, 2019.If you've been looking for opportunities to advance your career in the outdoor recreation economy, we have exciting news: We're now accepting applications for the next cohort in our Outdoor Industry Leadership Certificate program.

Set to begin in early September, this professional development opportunity is designed for aspiring leaders in the outdoor recreation industry. ​Students have the option to either participate in a full cohort experience with outdoor recreation professionals from private industry, nonprofit, and public sectors or take one course at a time, at their own pace.

The 9-month program includes:

  • Multi-day virtual orientation 

  • Foundations of the Outdoor Recreation Economy (FORE101) self-paced course 

  • Five instructor-led, online courses in:

    • Fundamentals of leadership

    • Communication, community, and consensus

    • Organizational change and development

    • Diversity, equity, and inclusion

    • Mission, vision and goals setting

  • Participation in multiple self-assessments, and professional goal-setting sessions 

  • Industry expert sessions and a mentor network 

  • Cohort program only: professional coaching, final project, and invitation to a week-long retreat in Bend, Oregon

Deadline for applications: August 8, 2021

For more information or to submit your application, visit the Outdoor Industry Leadership Certificate page.


To get a sense of the online learning experience, sign up for the free Introduction to the Outdoor Recreation Economy course. This self-paced course is a primer for anyone interested in learning more about the outdoor economy.

Meredith Morrice

Written by Meredith Morrice

Meredith is the Center's Strategic Engagement Manager

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