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Risk Management for Outdoor Programs Online Training Course for Outdoor Professionals

Training Provider(s): Viristar

Start Date: April 3, 2024
End Date: May 1, 2024
Details: 11:00 a.m. UTC+8
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
April 3 – May 1, 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:

  • Wednesday, Apr 3, 11:00 a.m. UTC+8
  • Wednesday, Apr 10, 11:00 a.m. UTC+8
  • Wednesday, Apr 17, 11:00 a.m. UTC+8
  • Wednesday, Apr 24, 11:00 a.m. UTC+8
  • Wednesday, May 1, 11:00 a.m. UTC+8

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 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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