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We offer the following courses, click on one for more information:

For more information or to sign up for any of these courses, contact the Business, Engineering & Industrial Technology division by:

Phone: 276-964-7277

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American Red Cross
Wilderness First-Aid & CPR

The American Red Cross – Wilderness First-Aid & CPR course prepares the participant to be able to assess and stabilize an injured victim until help arrives when help could be delayed thirty minutes or more. In a remote location, knowing what to do in an emergency situation can be the difference between life and death. The training is critical for anyone participating in or leading groups in outdoor recreation activities.
Participants can earn American Red Cross First-Aid, CPR, AED and Wilderness First-Aid Certifications.

Wilderness First Aid

RPK160 Wilderness First-Aid, 2 Credits

Learn what to do if help is delayed 30 minutes or more

Rock Climbing

The Rock Climbing course covers the fundamentals of rock climbing, belay skills, gear and hardware specific to sport climbing. Presents climbing techniques, climbing and climb site safety, knots, and equipment care and maintenance.

Rock Climbing

RPK175 Rock Climbing, 1 Credit

Topics in Fly Fishing

The Topics in Fly Fishing course will teach the basics of fly fishing including coverage of equipment selection, casting, knots, trout species, fly selection, and reading the water. This course is for you if you are interested in learning about the sport of fly fishing.

Fly Fishing

RPK195 Topics in Fly Fishing, 1 Credit

Leave No Trace

The Leave No Trace course examines the impacts of human activity on the outdoor environment, specifically lands used for backpacking, hiking, and camping. Addresses the history and philosophy of the Leave No Trace movement, regarding sustainable back country and “at-home” practices, visitor demands and resource management challenges.

Leave No Trace

RPK140 Land Use Ethics, 1 Credit

Become a Leave No Trace Trainer


Presents backpacking skills including destination selection, route planning, gear selection and preparation (individual and group), trip safety and permitting requirements, packing techniques, wilderness medicine and backcountry protocols, food selection and cooking techniques and clothing selection.  Presents land use ethic of Leave No Trace, permitting requirements and outdoor skills.


RPK 170 Recreational Backpacking, 1 credit

Experiential Instruction requiring overnight weekend trips

Risk Management

Discusses the law and liability as they relate to the delivery of leisure services. Teaches practitioners legal principles necessary to analyze programs and facilities with respect to safety, emergency preparedness, and accident reporting protocols. Review hiring procedures, ADA compliance, national (CPSC, ASTM, OSHA) and professional standards (NRPA, ACA), certification and training standards (CPRP, CTRS), supervision and the role of maintenance and insurance. Uses case law and national compliance standards to illustrate legal principles.

RPK 265 – Risk Management, 3 credits

Interpretation & Education

Includes overview of the history of the outdoor education movement. Concentrates on the basic knowledge and skills necessary to design, implement and present interpretive programs and develop outdoor educational tools. Includes design and construction of interpretive displays using varied materials and forms of presentation media (print, audio-visual, and computer software). Students will be required to create and present an interpretive program or outdoors education instruction tool.

RPK 125 – Resource Interpretation and Education, 3 credits

Coming Soon:  Earn Certified Interpretative Guide and Certified Interpretative Host


The Orienteering course introduces orienteering, compass and GPS use, topography, and geocaching as a sport. Teaches map reading, using a compass, decision-making and team work. Other topics include: Using, hazards of geocaching, rules and etiquette, hiding geocaches, finding/seeking a geocache, Leave No Trace, and how GPS works.


RPK151 Orienteering, 1 Credit

Topics: Map & Compass, GPS, GeoCaching & Orienteering

Preparation for Wilderness Adventure

The Preparation for Wilderness Adventure course introduces background knowledge needed to be prepared for a wilderness adventure. Covers what to do in a planned and an unplanned extended wilderness experience. Focuses on what to bring with you and the skills needed to ensure you have a memorable and enjoyable outing.

Wilderness Adventure

RPK103 Preparation for Wilderness Adventure, 1 Credit

Wilderness Survival Basics


The Archery course will consist of a history of modern archery, mechanics of learning to shoot, comparison of the long bow, recurve bow and compound bow, set-up and selection of equipment for personal fit, and hands-on experience with target practice.


RPK195 Topics in Archery, 1 Credit

Leadership and Supervision

The Leadership and Supervision course introduces leadership and supervision in the leisure services industry. Assesses leadership styles, traits, and leadership theories and provides the opportunity for students to assess their own individual styles. Addresses group dynamics, conflict, and issues relating specifically to leadership of volunteers.

RPK141 Leadership and Supervision, 3 Credits

Mountain Biking

Teaches the sport of mountain biking, equipment, techniques, basic bicycle repair, and trail safety and etiquette, trail conflict management, trail development and destination planning.

Mountain Biking

RPK 150 – Mountain Biking, 1 credit


Introduces kayaking techniques, water classification, conditioning, safety and destination planning. Includes field experience involving kayaking in multiple environments; flat water, ocean and whitewater (may require overnight stay). Prerequisite: Ability to swim.


RPK 131 – Kayaking, 1 credit

Outdoor Recreation in the Appalachian Ecosystem

Highlights the diverse biological environment in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Focuses on the unique geology and geography of the region. Covers protection of the regionals natural resources and the watershed related to outdoor recreation activities and trail projects.

Appalachian Ecosystem

RPK 102 – Outdoor Recreation in the Appalachian Ecosystem, 2 credits

Learn to protect the environment and to be good stewards of the land.