altTraining Structure

Below are the levels of education that the Wilderness Education Association supports:

Outdoor Enthusiast

This level of education involves the skills and knowledge necessary to travel outside to maintain personal health and safety for short durations of time.

Outdoor Leader

This level of education involves exposure to the Wilderness Education Association’s (WEA) six educational components. This curriculum is intended for the outdoor paraprofessional that leads outdoor experiences 3 nights in length or less. The Outdoor Leader curriculum results in a Certificate of Completion as well as the ability to teach the WEA’s Outdoor Enthusiast curriculum.

Outdoor Educator

This level of education involves a student being assessed and evaluated using the Wilderness Education Association’s (WEA) six educational components via the student learning outcomes. This curriculum is intended for the outdoor professional that leads outdoor experiences 4 nights in length or longer and/or has the responsibility of training field staff. The Outdoor Educator curriculum results in a Certification as well as the ability to teach the WEA’s Outdoor Leader and Outdoor Enthusiast curriculum.

Certifying Examiner

This level of education involves a student being exposed to various assessment and evaluation techniques used to be able to certify professionals using the Wilderness Education Association’s (WEA) six educational components via the student learning outcomes. This curriculum is intended for the outdoor professional that reviews portfolios for Outdoor Educator certification. A Certifying Examiner must already be a Certified Outdoor Educator with the benefits that go along with that title. Certifying Examiners may also reach Terminal status via continued education out lined in the Certification Manual.