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Outdoor Guide Certification


The UW Outdoor Guide Certification course is an online training certification course offered through the University of Wyoming Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management Program

The UW Outdoor Guide Certification course is an online, standardized, competency-based training program, designed to provide aspiring or established guides the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in the industry, regardless of their area of outdoor expertise. If you are considering becoming or growing as a rock climbing, rafting, hunting, wildlife viewing, fishing, cycling, hiking, snowmobiling, ATVing, horseback riding, skiing, paddle sports (or any other form of outdoor guide) this training is specifically designed for you!

The course contains videos from industry experts, readings, discussions, knowledge checks, and short assignments. It is self-paced and flexible and should take approximately 32 hours to complete. Outdoor guide employers can use this course to supplement or enhance any internal training program already offered. Competency areas include 1) becoming a more effective outdoor educator, 2) improving naturalist skills, and 3) developing professional skills. 

Students must obtain (or have) and maintain a current First Aid and CPR or greater (e.g., Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, etc.) certification after successful completion of the outdoor guide course.

  • First course: September 10 — October 22

  • Second course: October 8 — November 19

  • Max enrollment: 30

  • Price: $325

For additional dates, please contact Dan McCoy --

For organizations/companies: We offer discounts for organizations who sign up 5 or more guides for the training. We can also develop custom course dates for groups of 10 or more.”

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“The Outdoor Guide Certification course developed by the University of Wyoming is a significant step toward professionalizing the outdoor guiding industry in Wyoming and beyond. It gives the next generation of guides the tools and qualifications needed to share, interpret, and help conserve National Parks and public lands everywhere.” Katy Canetta, Grand Teton National Park Concessions Office.



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Bim Kendall House

804 E Fremont St

Laramie, WY 82072

Phone: (307) 766-5080

Fax: (307) 766-5099


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