Wilderness Skills

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The Wilderness Skills Certificate is designed to prepare students for a wide range of personal or professional opportunities in recreation, outdoor leadership and education.

This 19 credit certification program may be completed part time in as little as six months. Students interested in developing a life-long wellness plan that includes outdoor adventure activities may elect to complete the Wilderness Certificate as a minor area of study in fulfillment of elective requirements for the AAST.

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 Student

Recommended Course Sequence

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
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Choice of FOUR electives throughout certification program:

  • PE 114: Beginning Rock Climbing – 1 credit
  • PE 115: Backpacking and Orienteering – 1 credit
  • PE 116: Snowshoeing – 1 credit
  • PE 128: Sea Kayaking – 1 credit
  • PE 255 – Ski Instructor Training – 2 credits

Wilderness Skills 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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Last Updated December 13, 2019