Northern Rockies Outdoor Leadership Certificate

The Northern Rockies Outdoor Leadership Certificate is designed through collaboration of multiple University of Montana programs as a certificate to complement any major across campus for students interested in gaining and strengthening leadership skills through engagement in diverse conceptual courses and outdoor field settings. The purpose of the program is to provide undergraduate students or individuals with an undergraduate degree with leadership training and application that can be applied to any professional, academic, and personal setting in their future.

Post-Secondary Certificate - Northern Rockies Outdoor Leadership Certificate

W.A Franke College of Forestry & Conservation

Degree Specific Credits: 15

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.00

Catalog Year: 2019-2020


Theory and Experience6
Optional Courses
Field Courses6
Total Hours15

Theory and Experience

Rule: 6 total credits are required from the categories below. Students must complete at least one course each from the Theory and Experience categories.


Complete one of the following courses:3
COMX 210
Communication in Small Groups
GBLD 220
Models of Leadership
HTH 465
Leading Health and, Human Perform Orgs
NRSM 373
Wilderness and Civilization
PSCI 462
Human Resource Management
Parks & Outdoor Rec. Mgmt.
PTRM 380
Rec Admin & Leadership
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Complete one of the following courses:1
ACT 114
Beginning Rock Climbing
ACT 175
Fly Fishing
ACT 176
Fundamentals of Whitewater Rafting
ACT 177
Fundamentals of Kayaking
ACT 214
Intermediate Rock Climbing
Total Hours1

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Optional Couses

The following courses may be completed to fulfill the 6 credit requirement:
ECP 102Wilderness First Aid1-6
ECP 122Wilderness First Responder2
ECP 331Wilderness EMT3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Field Courses

Complete 6 credits of the following courses:6
NRSM 273
Wilderness/Civ Field Stds
Sustaining Human Soc & Nat Env
PTRM 353
Tourism, Livelihoods and Sustainability in Mountains
PTRM 355
Wild. Med. And Risk Mgmt.
PTRM 356
Wild. Rescue and Survival
PTRM 418
Winter Wilderness Field Studies
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Note: Students are required to do an internship where they can apply their leadership skills with a professional partner. Internships can include on-campus initiatives like the Freshman Wilderness Experience and other student-led trips as well as off-campus internships with local, regional, or global partners. Internships will be approved by the coordinating committee and will be tracked through the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation.

Complete one of the following courses:3
CHTH 498
KIN 498
NRSM 498
PTRM 398
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-