Outdoor Industry Association, (OIA), announced it has partnered with The University of Colorado, Utah State University and Western Colorado University to offer an Outdoor Industry Business Certificate Program in 2020 through their continuing education departments.

The online-based and self-paced, non-credit certificates will focus on “OIA’s three-pillar areas of public policy, increasing outdoor participation and sustainable business innovation including topics relevant to those working for, or looking to work for, outdoor industry businesses,” said OIA.

The program is structured for outdoor industry professionals looking to further their industry knowledge or for people interested in pursuing a career in the outdoor industry.

“We are excited to spearhead this innovative University-association partnership model along with the University of Colorado Boulder, Utah State University and Western Colorado University,” said Kristen Freaney, director of the emerging leader’s programs at OIA. “As the outdoor industry continues to grow and career paths in the industry continue to gain visibility, there is an increasing need for workforce development and innovative professional education opportunities tailored to this sector. OIA sees itself as uniquely positioned to be a conduit for these opportunities. These certificates are a great opportunity to provide practical education to people already working in the industry while increasing the accessibility of outdoor industry careers for those who are looking to get their foot in the door.”

All certificates in the OIBC suite will be composed of four, non-credit courses, each led by University faculty. There are no required prerequisites for the certificates. For descriptions of the first three certificates in the OIA Outdoor Industry Business Certificate (OIBC) suite, go here.

Learn more about OIA, Outdoor Industry Business Certificates and the partner universities here.

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