Certifying Examiner (CE)


Certifying Examiners are lead guides/instructors, program directors, or department heads for Accredited WEA organizations. CE's have three major roles and responsibilities:

  • They are responsible for the administration of WEA programs at their school/company. They provide documentation to the appropriate people, maintain their program’s Accredited status by keeping documentation current and working towards an organization review every 5 years. 
  • Second, they are responsible for the creation, organization, documentation, and implementation of curriculum, lessons, assessment, and evaluation processes that meet the requirements for their program. Basically, they make sure that their program meets the standards and that their instructors actually teach the program as prescribed.
  • Finally, they are one of a few people who will be responsible for reviewing the portfolios created by participants seeking Outdoor Educator Certification in their program. They are responsible for reviewing these portfolios in a professional and timely manner, and for helping students go through the certification process.

What does the training process look like to become a CE?

  • CEs have several years of industry experience and have worked in a program that provided structured training/assessment/evaluation.  Further, they have created an IROEL portfolio that demonstrates both their competence in the outdoors and their competence as a developer of curriculum, lessons, and assessment/evaluation tools. CEs have shown competency in all WEA 8.x, 9.x, 10.x, and, where relevant, 11.x standards. They have been judged by their peers as a competent creator of program structure and tools.

What can I do with this status when I’m done?

  • Certifying Examiners can plan, develop, and implement an outdoor training program consistent with the goals of their organization. They can create, organize, and document the learning process that will allow students to achieve competency as Outdoor Educators. CEs train, certify, and lead other Outdoor Educators and CEs.  
  • CEs create and manage programs.

How am I assessed?

  • CEs create a CE level portfolio within the IROEL. This includes providing samples of skills as a leader in the outdoors, an instructor, and of their ability to create and manage programs from a high (vision to achieve goals) level. This portfolio is turned over to a group of peers, who will judge it based on a specific rubric outlined in the Certification Manual.  Based on peer feedback, the CE will update and modify their portfolio or gain skills necessary to meet the standards of the WEA 8.x, 9.x, 10.x, and (perhaps) 11.x standards.

How do I maintain this status?

  • CEs maintain membership dues with the WEA and work toward gaining the Continuing Education Credits necessary to maintain certification, as laid out in the Certification Manual.

What is the next step in my professional development?

  • CEs should continue to develop as an instructor, lead research-based education and outdoor initiatives, and work within the community to develop industry best practices.

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