ORM Certification Courses

The Lees-McRae Outdoor Recreation Management program offers outdoor certification courses to students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the community. For students, certifications can be taken either for credit or not for credit.



    Wilderness First Responder | August 2024

    NOLS Landmark Learning

    This is a nationally recognized program that trains participants to respond to emergencies in remote settings. The 80-hour curriculum includes standards for urban and extended care situations. Special topics include but are not limited to: wound management and infection, realigning fractures and dislocations, improvised splinting techniques, patient monitoring and long-term management problems, up-to-date information on all environmental emergencies, plus advice on drug therapies. Emphasis is placed on prevention and decision-making, not the memorization of lists. This course is designed specifically to provide you with the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations. Half of your time will be spent completing practical skills, case studies, and scenarios designed to challenge your decision-making abilities. Adult CPR is included in this course.

    Conducted by the Outdoor Recreation Management program at Lees-McRae College.



    • Length: 9 days (80 hours)
    • Recommended for: Backcountry guides, canoe trip leaders, private expedition groups, college/university outdoor education programs, hiking club trip leaders, wilderness therapeutic programs, EMTs and adventure race safety personnel.
    • Cost: 
      $540 – Lees-McRae students (see registration details below)
      $540 – Lees-McRae alumni, faculty, and staff
      $895 – Community
      (A $250 non-refundable deposit will be collected at time of registration. All remaining course fees will be collected online by credit/debit card prior to the course.)
    • Location: May School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, Lees-McRae College campus
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Certification Received: NOLS Wilderness First Responder Certification, Adult & Child CPR certification.  Certifications are current for two years.
    • Academic Credit: Outdoor Recreation Management offers 3 credit hours for this course. This is optional. The course number is ORM 305.  
    • Continuing Education: This course is pre-approved for 80 hours of EMT Continuing Education Hours (CEH) by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services  (CECBEMS).  Active members of the Wilderness Medical Society  may earn up to 59.5 hours of credit towards a Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM). There is an additional fee of $15 for students requesting these credits. This course is approved by the United States Coast Guard  to satisfy the first aid and CPR training requirements [46 CFR 11.205(e)(1)(i) &46 CFR 11.205(e)(2)(iv)] for a merchant mariner license.

    League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling Complete | April 2025

    League of American Bicyclists

    This program is designed to develop the craft and science of bicycling—the ability to use a bicycle with confidence and competence for pleasure, utility or sport under various highway, climate, terrain and traffic conditions. During this course you will learn traffic law, bicycle handling, how to conduct bicycle safety checks, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques. For novice to advanced riders, this course combines classroom discussion/activities and on-road practice to instruct students in the practice of vehicular-style bicycling and overcoming the fear of riding in traffic. Learning the techniques in this class will allow you to ride more confidently and more often while having more fun. Smart Cycling Complete (formerly called Traffic Skills 101) is a prerequisite for becoming a League Certified Instructor (LCI) candidate.

    Registration coming soon. 

    DETAILS (Subject to change)

    • Length: 9 hours (8 a.m.–5 p.m.)
    • Recommended for: People who bike, outdoor trip leaders, camp staff, parks and recreation employees
    • Cost: 
      Free – Lees-McRae students
      $30 – Lees-McRae alumni, faculty, and staff
      $45 – Community
    • Location: Shelton Learning Commons, Lees-McRae College campus
    • Prerequisites: Must know how to ride a bike.
    • Certification Received: Smart Cycling Complete. This is a lifetime certification.
    • Academic Credit: Outdoor Recreation Management offers 1 credit hours for this course. This is optional. The course number is ORM 310. Students taking this certification for credit will have an additional 7 hours of instruction to be determined after registration. 

    Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) | Fall 2025

    Details and registration coming soon.

Student Registration

Lees-McRae students can register for course credit for the following certification courses:

  • Leave No Trace Trainer: ORM 102*
  • CPR/AED, Basic First Aid, and Epinephrine Administration: ORM 200*
  • Star Fish Aquatics Wilderness Lifeguard: ORM 230
  • Association of Challenge Course Technologies, Level 1 Challenge Course Practitioner: ORM 232*
  • Wilderness First Aid: ORM 303
  • Wilderness First Responder: ORM 305
  • Wildland Firefighting: ORM 307*
  • League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling Complete: ORM 310
  • Leave No Trace Master Educator: ORM 321*
  • Professional Ski Instructors of America Alpine Level 1 Instructor: ORM 337-01*
  • Association of American Snowboard Instructors Snowboard Level 1 Instructor: ORM 337-02*
  • Scuba Diving International Open Water Scuba Diving: ORM 355-01*
  • Scuba Diving International Advance Open Water Scuba Diving: ORM 355-02*
  • Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) Challenge for Ski & Bike Patrol: ORM 339
  • North Carolina Environmental Education Certification Prep: ORM 345*
  • American Canoe Association Swiftwater Rescue Level 4: ORM 350*
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT): EMS 200

*Only offered for currently enrolled Lees-McRae students.

Students can enroll in certification courses through Montibus during regular class registration. Course fees will be attached to your student account.

For More Information

Contact Katie Wall, Outdoor Recreation Management program coordinator and associate professor, at wallk@lmc.edu.