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The Guide Essentials program is a fast-track, four-week outdoor hands-on educational experience ending with a backpacking trip. Earn a Career Studies Certificate is Guide Essentials, the Wilderness & Remote First-Aid and First Aid/CPR/AED certifications, as well as become a Leave No Trace Trainer. This course provides the student with the skills he / she needs to be successful working for an outfitter, adventure camp, national, state, or local park, or other recreational venue. Upon completion, the student will receive a guaranteed interview with one of the program partners.

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Enroll Today, Space is Limited! Classes Begin August 23rd.

Guide Essentials Curriculum

Tuition assistance may be available.

Credentials to be earned:

  • Wilderness & Remote First-Aid
  • First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Leave No Trace Trainer

Program Partners:

Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board Logo Spearhead Trails Logo Southern Gap Outdoor Adventure logo Breaks Interstate Park Logo Virginia Tourism Commission Logo

For more information, contact the Business, Engineering, Industrial Technology and Workforce Services Division by
Phone: (276)964-7277 or Email: ator@sw.edu 

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