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Risk Management for Outdoor Programs Online Training Course for Outdoor Professionals

Training Provider(s): Viristar

Start Date: November 6, 2024
End Date: December 4, 2024
Details: 11:00 a.m. UTC-5
Location: Online
Training Type(s): Risk Management
Training Format(s): Online
Certification(s): Risk Management
Certification Duration: 3 years

Training Description

Risk Management for Outdoor Programs
Online Training Course for Outdoor Professionals
November 6 – December 4, 2024


The course is a combination of five real-time video-conference sessions, spaced one week apart, and independent work periods between live sessions.


Five live online sessions: (Times/dates based on New York time, UTC-5)

Wednesday, Nov 6 , 11:00 a.m. UTC-5
Wednesday, Nov 13, 11:00 a.m. UTC-5
Wednesday, Nov 20, 11:00 a.m. UTC-5
Wednesday, Nov 27, 11:00 a.m. UTC-5
Wednesday, Dec 4, 11:00 a.m. UTC-5

Independent individual and group work occurs between live sessions.


  • Gain critical knowledge of best practices in outdoor program risk management
  • Learn procedures, systems, and plans essential to meeting key outdoor safety standards
  • Understand how to apply successful risk management strategies to adventure programs, experiential education, wilderness expeditions, and outdoor trips

Valuable for
Program Coordinators/Managers, Risk Management officers, Risk Management/Safety Committee members, members of Boards of Directors, executive leadership.

The course is composed of five live video-conference sessions and three independent work periods:

  1. Live sessions. Five live, video-conference sessions, occurring the same day and time each week, for five consecutive weeks.  These include structured real-time small-group and large-group discussions and participant project presentations.
  2. Independent work. Between live video-conferences, there are four-week-long independent work periods for individual and remote small-group activity. This work includes:
    • ​Review of pre-recorded slide presentations with presenter video
    • Completion of readings
    • Participation in online discussion forums
    • Participation in interactive video-based decision-making activities
    • Completion of writing assignments (including writing risk management plan outline and strategic improvement plan content)
    • Peer review of select classmate writing content
    • Completion of organizational self-assessment of risk management
    • Completion of online worksheets
    • Participation in online risk decision-making role-playing scenario
    • Structured analysis of case-study examples
    • Completion of quizzes and final exam

Independent work is anticipated to take a minimum of 10-12 hours per week.


Fee: $649 US dollars
Registration Information:
Trainer/Facilitator Jeff Baierlein, Director, Viristar; past Executive Director at Outward Bound USA   Language English   ​Cost USD $649 individual enrollment.   Course fee includes five live sessions, materials for independent work sessions, lifetime access to an electronic, online-based copy of the course textbook Risk Management for Outdoor Programs: A Guide to Safety in Outdoor Education, Recreation and Adventure, and certification.   Syllabus Download a PDF version of the syllabus here.   Textbook The course textbook is Risk Management for Outdoor Programs: A Guide to Safety in Outdoor Education, Recreation and Adventure (https://courses.viristar.com/book/). This 218-page text is provided to each student in an electronic online-based format.   ​Certification Participants take four short quizzes throughout the course and a final written exam. Individuals who fully participate in learning activities and successfully complete the final exam receive a certificate from Viristar valid for three years. ​ Previous Participants Say:
  • “Viristar's Risk Management for Outdoor Programs course is intensive, thought-provoking, and designed to make one critically think about the adequacy of the existing risk management...useful for both novices as well as seasoned practitioners.” Syed Ismail, Assistant Director (Training) & Master Instructor, Outward Bound Singapore
  • "This was a really beneficial course...it's given me the language I needed to deepen my understanding of risk management." Kate Johnston, Outdoor Education Specialist, United World Colleges, Southeast Asia
  • "Viristar's Risk Management for Outdoor programs course is the most comprehensive risk management course I have completed...Highly recommended." Phil Austen-Smith, Expedition & remote programs facilitator/trainer, Oman

Training Location & Contact Information:

Location: Online
Phone: +1 206 473 8050
Contact Person: Jeff Baierlein

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