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        Outdoor Industry Business Certificates

        The Outdoor Industry Business Certificate (OIBC) is a first of its kind program that brings together OIA’s deep industry knowledge with universities’ world-class faculty to provide online, self-paced, non-credit certificates that address critical outdoor industry topics.

        The OIBC program is a suite of certificates offered through our accredited university partners. By pursuing a certificate, you will take four specified courses that allow you to build fluency in an outdoor industry-focused topic. The topics were chosen and the courses developed with industry input to ensure that the knowledge you receive in the online classroom is readily applicable in the outdoor business world. Start building the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in an industry you’re passionate about. Enroll in a certificate program or standalone course today.

        Sign up for updates about the OIBC program here.

        Sustainable Product Design and Supply Chain Certificate

        Learn from faculty of USU’s cutting-edge Outdoor Product Design & Development Program about sustainable product design, the circular economy, sustainability assessment tools and metrics, sustainable supply chains and more.

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        Responsible Business in the Outdoor Industry Certificate

        Get a deep dive into marketing and brand strategy, leadership, social responsibility, and diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace from faculty of Western’s Outdoor Industry MBA program

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        • 4, non-credit courses per certificate, each led by experienced university faculty
        • All self-paced, online coursework – participate anytime from anywhere
        • Monthly enrollment – register for classes and start when it’s convenient for you
        • Flexible completion timelines for working professionals – you have up to six months to complete each course
        • No enrollment limits

        Frequently Asked Questions

        There are no formal prerequisites for these courses. Students do not need to have a college degree. However, students should have at least some college or technical training or have a few years of professional experience. All students need is curiosity, willingness to learn, and a passion for the outdoor industry and the topics that are critical to the industry’s success and longevity.

        You will register and pay for classes through the universities’ websites. You will see orange “Register Now” buttons throughout this site that will link you out to the respective university’s enrollment pages.

        Utah State University:

        For Utah State University’s courses, there are no registration deadlines. You can enroll at any time and start the course as soon as your enrollment is processed.

        Western Colorado University:

        For Western Colorado University’s courses, registration is rolling and courses start the first day of each month. For example, if you register for a course on August 15, your course will be available to you starting September 1.

        Each course has approximately 15 hours of content. To complete a certificate you will take four courses, which equals approximately 60 hours of content. All courses are self-paced, so you can go at whatever speed works for you. You have 180 days (6 months) to complete a single course.

        Yes! You are welcome to take standalone courses if you don’t want or are not yet ready to pursue a full certificate.

        No, we do not offer a cross-university/interdisciplinary certificate option at this time. You will only receive a certificate if you complete the four courses specified by a single university.

        Yes! You are welcome to complete multiple certificates and will receive an individual certificate for each one that you complete.

        No, you can take the courses in any order you want.


        * Limited Discounted Tuition valid through December 31, 2020
        OIA and our university partners recognize the economic impact that the Coronavirus has had on our industry and many people’s livelihood. In light of these circumstances, we are offering limited discounted tuition through 2020. Now is the time to prepare for the job market post-COVID. This significant reduction provides you the opportunity to do so without falling behind financially.

        OIA is committed to developing the next generation of outdoor industry leaders and providing enriching lifelong learning for those who have helped shape the industry. OIA is proud to partner with select colleges and universities to provide affordable, accessible online certificate programs created specifically for those seeking or building their career path in the outdoor industry.

        COMING 2021: The University of Colorado Boulder will be launching an Outdoor Industry Business Certificate focusing on environmental policy and stakeholder engagement. Faculty from CU’s Masters of the Environment graduate program and Law School will teach courses in community and stakeholder engagement, climate change policy, and issues around public lands and natural resources protections. Students can expect to come away from this certificate with a deeper understanding of current public lands issues and controversies; the laws and regulations that guide management of public lands; challenges and opportunities that face the public and private sector as each works to reduce their carbon footprint and prepare for future climate impacts; and how to establish and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with stakeholders and to gain community buy-in.


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        We’re always looking to improve and provide meaningful education for professionals in the outdoor indsutry. Let us know how we’re doing.

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