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.
Ski Lift Technician Training
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.
Outdoor Industry Leadership Certificate
Developed in partnership with the National Park Service, this certificate helps early career professionals develop the skills and knowledge needed to grow into a leadership position. In addition to cohort-based coursework, learners work one-on-one with a professional coach, connect with industry mentors, and develop individual capstone projects.
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.