Getting Started

Facilitating on a Challenge Course with Low and High Elements

"I was talking to a colleague ... and I heard myself say that these past two days were probably the two best days that I ever had as a PE teacher in my 3 years so far."

checking a helmetIf you are looking to begin or enhance your skills as a challenge course practitioner, your first experience should be Adventure Basics, our 5-day, 40-hour workshop that will start you on your path. This workshop focuses on the basic skills necessary to operate a low and high challenge course.

Upon successful completion of Adventure Basics, participants are encouraged to begin facilitating on a challenge course within the limits of their training and competency level. This workshop is also valuable to practitioners who have received prior training who would like to refresh their skills and take part in a focused immersion training.

We recommend that you begin creating a portfolio of your experience as a practitioner . Initially this should include professional trainings attended as well as hours spent facilitating on your course.

After completing of Adventure Basics, putting your skills to work and documenting a certain number of hours on your course, you are eligible to take the Level 1 Practitioners Certification Test. It is important to understand that at this time, certification testing is optional and not required to continue with further training. (Read our full explanation about certification testing and find out whether or not it's right for you.)

A logical next step is Beyond Basics, our 5-day, 40-hour advanced workshop. This workshop will advance both your facilitation and technical skills and also prepare you to begin providing leadership to other staff on your course.

After successful completion of Beyond Basics and the completion of other criteria you would be eligible to take the Level 2 Practitioners Certification. (Questions about whether certification testing is right for you? Read our full explanation.)

All of our One-Day Workshops are appropriate at any point in your challenge course skills training based on your interests and need for additional skills development. We have workshops that will help you develop your skills in facilitation and processing, games, incorporating experiential education into the classroom and academics, technical skills refreshers, working in limited spaces and with a limited budget.

Teachable Moments: Innovative Processing Tools and Techniques and Tips and Tools for the Art of Group Facilitation taken at any point of your training will add to your facilitation skills repertoire and increase your options and knowledge of processing and creating metaphorically rich experiences with participants, a vital part of experiential education programming.

If you're ready to advance your career to a program management level, we offer Managing an Adventure Program, a 3-day, 30-hour course that focuses on all the facets and details involved in managing an adventure education program and challenge course, such as supervising staff, course and facility operations, and risk management. Upon completion of this workshop after meeting other facilitation and management experience criteria, you would qualify to take the Challenge Course Managers Certification Test . (Read our full explanation about certification testing and find out whether or not it's right for you.)

We believe that developing and growing your skills and repertoire should be a dynamic and ongoing process. We encourage you to practice and update your skills regularly and re-visit workshops to keep your technical and facilitation skills current. Don't forget our Annual Practitioners Symposium for a winter injection of new games, new friends and new things to think about.

Adventure without a High Challenge Course

If you're new to adventure and have access to low elements, consider our 2-day Introduction to Challenge Course Elements. We'll show you our brand of adventuring with games, props and low elements along with facilitation skills so you can go right home and start working with your audience. Also consider Teachable Moments: Innovative Processing Tools and Techniques and Tips and Tools for the Art of Group Facilitation to develop and nurture your processing and facilitation skills repertoire.

Most of our One-Day Workshops are appropriate at any point in your professional development based on your interests and career focus. We have days that will help you develop your skills in facilitation, games, incorporating adventure into the classroom and academics, working in limited spaces and with a limited budget.

Using Adventure in the Classroom

Classroom teachers, counselors, healthcare and after school program staff will benefit from our one-day workshops focusing on games and initiatives on the ground, adventure facilitation and classroom-based adventure: Adventures in Learning and Teaching, Activities for Academic Success, Games for Any Space, More with Less, and Tips and Tools for the Art of Group Facilitation.

Also consider Teachable Moments: Innovative Processing Tools and Techniques a two-day workshop that focuses on developing and nurturing your processing and debriefing repertoire.

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