The ALI Certificate Program is one of the most comprehensive leadership programs available. It uses adventure leadership activities as a vehicle to discuss and practice leadership theories and skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, group development, communication and social change. It provides a classroom unlike any other in the world. Gritty, real examples of consequences and feedback based on a person’s competency and understanding of these areas. It pairs with the OSU Leadership Minor and several Majors and forms the backbone of leadership for the Adventure Club.

Begin the Adventure Leadership Certificate™ program by creating your profile and tracking your progress: 

ALI™ Trailhead Login

As you work your way through the course offerings within the ALI™, you will work towards fulfilling the requirements for various certificate levels. As you progress through each level, you will take classes that help develop skills both to be technically competent and to be an effective leader in experien­tial education and outdoor recreation.

After you move through the various levels of the certificate, you will be left with clear documentation as to your experiences and certifications in adventure leadership. As well, depending on what level you have achieved, it is possible that you have earned professional level certifications in your area of focus and wilderness medicine.

Questions? Contact Emily Abrams

Adventure Leadership Institute Level 1 Apprentice

The Level One certificate is an introduction to the ALI program and serves to create a foundation that subsequent classes will build upon. The courses to complete a level one certificate are experience based and will serve to introduce the skills and theory behind later course offerings.


  • PAC 325 Wilderness First Aid
    • Or WFA Non-Credit    
    • Or WFR Non-Credit    
    • Or PAC 329 Wilderness First Responder
  • 1 ALI Elective


  • ALI Fundamentals

Total: 2 classes, 1 Training


Level 2 Adventure Leadership Institute Guide

The Level Two certificate is less based on activity courses and includes more theoretical and academic components. In order to complete a Level two certificate you will be required to gain documented leadership experience through assisting in the delivery of field experiences and activity courses.


  • LEAD 430/530 Foundations of Adventure Leadership
    • or KIN 230
  • PAC 329 Wilderness First Responder       
    • or WFR Non-Credit  2 ALI electives
  • 2 ALI electives


  • (2) Teach two ALI Classes (ALI Intern role)
  • (1) Assist or lead one Adventure Club trip

Total: 4 classes, 3 experiences

Level 3 Adventure Leadership Institute Mentor

Those who complete the level three certificate will deliver the material for some of the activity courses, while under supervision of the program advisor. The program advisor will work with you each week to ensure that the content and delivery of materials for activity courses is appropriate for the course. While working towards the completion of the level three certificate, you will also be responsible for leading and documenting field experience.


  • Leadership Minor coursework with focus on Adventure theory courses:      
    • LEAD 432/532 Backcountry Leadership              
      • or KIN 232      
    • LEAD 433/533 Teaching & Leading Techniques for Outdoor Activities              
      • or KIN 233 Internship credits
  • Internship credits

Total: 1 class