The Center for the Outdoor Recreation Economy is dedicated to building professional education, trainings, and certificates that result in real progress for the learner and for the outdoor recreation economy as a whole.

Professional Programs

We partner with industry to develop trainings that meet immediate needs and align with available jobs. The courses listed here are first installments of what will grow into a full suite of professional and technical training programs built around clearly defined career pathways in the outdoors.


Foundations of the Outdoor Recreation Economy (FORE101)

This outdoor industry survey is the perfect first step for anyone interested in working the outdoors. Learners explore the industry’s history and its current and potential impact. Topics covered include: major employment sectors; economic attributes;  relationship to social justice and public health; and public land management.

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Ski Lift Technician Training
(Level 1)

Built in partnership with the Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association, this training combines interactive online learning, industry expert panels, and onsite assessments to help current ski resort employees gain the skills they need to move into lift maintenance technician roles.

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Ski Lift Operations Training

The CORE Ski Lift Operator Training Program is designed to acclimate and train the newly-hired lift attendant or lift operator, and is essential for  cross-training, mid-season hires, and training documentation.

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Outdoor Degree Programs

In addition to the courses and programs offered through the Center for the Outdoor Recreation Economy, Oregon State offers a number of for-credit courses and degree programs designed to equip you for a satisfying career in the outdoor industry.

Tourism, Recreation, and Adventure Leadership Degree
Available in-person at the Corvallis and Bend campuses, this OSU College of Forestry degree equips students to educate others about the natural world, lead life-changing adventure opportunities, create brand new businesses based on the idea of sharing the outdoors with others.
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Outdoor Products Degree
The outdoor products degree at OSU-Cascades in Bend is one of the few of its kind in the country. It was developed with input from more than 30 outdoor organizations including Black Diamond, Columbia, Keen, Nau, The Conservation Alliance, Nike, REI and Patagonia to understand challenges facing the industry and skills needed to succeed.
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Natural Resources Degrees
This interdisciplinary, 45 credit program is designed for natural resources professionals. Delivered entirely online, MNR immerses students in the analytical and problem-solving skills needed to provide workable solutions for complex natural resources challenges. Undergraduate degrees are also available in-person in Corvallis and Bend and online through Ecampus.
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Sustainability Degree
Sustainability impacts all aspects of global business, politics, economics and society, creating a need for leaders who have the skills and knowledge to address issues such as climate change, reliance on traditional energy sources, water issues and the demand for socially and environmentally responsible products and services. The B.S. in Sustainability is available as a double degree at OSU-Cascades in Bend or online through Ecampus.
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