Outdoor Recreation Leadership

Snow Shoeing Photo

Please note that due to COVID-19 precautions classes for the Outdoor Recreation Leadership certificate may not be offered. Please check the HLTH and PE class link for course offerings.

The Outdoor Recreation Leadership Certificate is designed to prepare students for a wide range of personal and/or professional opportunities in recreation, outdoor leadership, and education. Students learn both in the classroom and with field-based experiential learning in the forest, waterways, and mountains of the Pacific Northwest Cascades.

This 19-credit certificate program may be completed part-time in as little as three quarters. Students interested in developing a life-long wellness plan that includes outdoor adventure activities may elect to complete this certificate as an area of study in fulfillment of elective requirements for the AAS-T.

The Outdoor Recreation Leadership Certificate previously went by as the Wilderness Skills Certificate but was changed to encompass more areas of the outdoors.

I really enjoyed the Wilderness Skills Program at Bellevue College.  I have learned many new skills as well as amazing destinations for hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, and snowshoeing.  In looking at making a career in this field, there were many opportunities for learning how to design and lead great activities.  Overall, I appreciated the community of students and instructors as well as the emphasis on health and wellness.

-Adam Cypress, Wilderness Skills Certificate Graduate

Recommended Course Sequence

FallWinterSpring
RECED 260: NW Fitness Exploration – 2 creditsHLTH 260: Wilderness First Aid Basics – 4 creditsPE 239: Outdoor Leadership – 4 credits
HLTH 145: Wellness for Health Professionals – 3 credits (offered fall, winter, spring)HLTH 224 – Wellness Coaching – 2 creditsPE Elective from list below
PE Elective from list belowPE Elective from list belowPE Elective from list below

Choice of FOUR credits throughout certification program:

  • PE 114: Beginning Rock Climbing – 1 credit
  • PE 115: Backpacking and Orienteering – 1 credit
  • PE 116: Snowshoeing – 1 credit
  • PE 124: Intermedia Rock Climbing – 1 credit
  • PE 128: Sea Kayaking & Navigation – 1 credit
  • PE 255: Ski Instructor Training – 2 credits
  • PE 256: Mountain Bike Instructor – 2 credits

Outdoor Recreation Leadership Certificate Info & Requirements

Who is this certificate for?

Students may complete the Wilderness Skills Certificate Program in preparation for:

  • Entry level employment in the growing adventure education field
  • Completing a Washington State Physical Education Teaching Certificate
  • Completing the Health & Wellness, BAS degree at Bellevue College
  • Transferring and completing a Recreational Leadership Degree at another institution
  • A lifetime of educated PNW outdoor recreation and leadership

Where do outdoor adventure leaders work?

  • City Recreation Departments
  • University Outdoor Programs
  • Summer Camps
  • Residential Camps
  • Boys/Girls Clubs
  • Church Education Centers
  • Adventure Equipment Sales
  • Adventure Outfitters
  • Employee Fitness Programs
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Outdoor Recreation

Last Updated March 5, 2021