Outdoor Industry Certificate Registration is now open

Are you looking for the essential skills and knowledge to break into the Outdoor Industry for Summer 2024? Turn your passion for the outdoors into a profession by completing the Outdoor Industry Certificate from Western Carolina University through an online intensive certificate program starting March 18th!

Engage with professionals bringing you real-world experience from across the industry through six 6-hour courses all online. You will also Interact with other peers online while learning from your own location.

Whether you are a new graduate, switching industries, or wanting to take your business to the next level, this certificate is designed to help you build the business skills outside of guiding and outfitting that are essential for strategically enhancing your career.

Courses and Dates

  • Introduction to the outdoor industry – March 18th
  • Small Business Marketing and Brand Strategy Workshop – March 20th
  • The Outdoor Entrepreneur Mindset: Business Planning, Start-Up, and Navigation – March 21st
  • Building Key Leadership Communication Skills – March 22nd
  • Current and Tested Social Media Strategies in the Outdoor Industry – March 26th
  • The Trail Guide to Leadership – March 27th

All Classes are held all online from 9am – 4pm
with a lunch break and additional small breaks.

Registration is Now Open!

Full Certificate: $799 per person.
Single Workshop price: $175 per person.

You can choose to pay for the full certificate or register for individual workshops during the registration process.


Acquire Skills at the TERO Technical Training Institute (3TI)

As a part of TERO’s commitment to workforce development, a full-time training program is being developed to help job bank and Mother Town participants prepare to enter the workforce. While the goal is for participants to become employable, our team also encourages them to rebuild and strengthen community connections that may have been lost due to substance use/abuse disorders, as well as barriers due to underemployment or unemployment.

Some of the training options that are being considered include masonry (this class is currently on-going), painting (business/residential), plastering and drywall hanging, basic plumbing, basic carpentry, office skills including basic bookkeeping, spreadsheets, word processing, and office decorum. These classes will be enhanced with topics such as creating resumes and cover letters, dressing for interviews, work ethics, OSHA 10, first aid/CPR/AED, and mock interviews.

To provide these opportunities, the Training team will engage skilled instructors, schedule classrooms, obtain supplies and materials, and report to the TERO Commissioners on student progress. At the end of the class, each student achieving their goal will be awarded a certificate of completion and a letter of support from the program that may be used when applying for jobs.

The TERO Technical Training Institute (3TI) Center is located at 149 Children’s Home Loop. Contact Gerri Grady at 828/359-6365 or gerrgrad@ebci-nsn.gov for more information.