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NOLS & Adventure Certifications

Green Mountain College Credit for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
Since 1965, the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) has been leading remote wilderness expeditions that teach technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics. Courses range from ten days to a full academic year and are offered in locations all over the world. Areas of focus include mountaineering, skiing, rock climbing, sea kayaking and more.

NOLS began offering college credit through Green Mountain College in the fall of 1999. NOLS college credit is administered by the adventure education program. Additionally, NOLS semester courses offer three hours of natural science credit through the math and science programs. The following are courses where credit may be received on a pass/fail basis by attending NOLS.

  • BIO 1071 Field Studies in Natural Science (3 credits)
  • ELA 1064 Leisure Appreciation (3 credits)
  • REC 100N Recreation elective (4 credits)
  • REC 1009 Outdoor Skills Practicum (3 credits)
  • REC 1041 Outdoor Living Skills (3 credits)
  • REC 2315 Wilderness First Responder
    (WFR, 3 credits)

Registration: To receive college credit, students are required to submit payment and the following forms at the same time as other admission forms for the course.

  • Payment labeled “for college credit” with the student’s name and course code. Please see the acceptance letter for course code and cost of college credit. Make the check payable to NOLS.
  • A signed Green Mountain College Form and Statement of Understanding.

Other Adventure Recreation Certification Tracks
Optional professional certification tracks (ADV courses) allow students with a particular interest or focused career goal to seek appropriate levels of certification and obtain college credit with the American Canoe Association (canoe, kayak, raft instructor), Association of Challenge Course Technology approved providers, Professional Association of Dive Instructors (scuba dive instructor), American Mountain Guides Association, Professional Ski Instructors of America or American Association of Snowboard Instructors.

Green Mountain College (GMC) is an affiliate institution of the National Ski Patrol System, Leave No Trace, Inc., Association of Experiential Education, and the Wilderness Education Association. Students may transfer credit for Outward Bound, National Outdoor Leadership School and Wilderness Education Association courses completed for college credit from other institutions.


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