Risk management training

Fundamentals of Risk Management

Are you concerned about risk in your programs? Are you responsible for a team, group, students, or others? Be sure you’re covering all of the necessary issues in managing the inherent risk in your activities.

This training introduces the essential concepts any program needs in order to meet standards for risk management, and will help you better manage the inherent risk in your programs, as well as know what to prioritize in your risk management plans.

Course Length

16 hours over two days


Program Managers, Risk Management officers, Risk Management/Safety Committee members, members of Boards of Directors, executive leadership


  • Provide an outline of the scope of risk management topics and issues for outdoor programs
  • Provide an introduction to essential considerations in select outdoor program risk management topics
  • Provide resources and guidance for further education and information

Topics covered

  • Overview of outdoor program risk management
  • Attitude, Judgment, and Culture
  • Risk Transfer
  • Activities and Program Areas
  • Staff selection, hiring and supervision
  • Equipment management
  • Participant screening and supervision
  • Subcontractor management
  • Incident reporting & management
  • Transportation risk management
  • Safety Reviews
  • Incident Reviews
  • Media Relations
  • Documentation
  • Standards, Accreditation & Regulation


Experiential, hands-on format with case studies, presentations, and seminar-style discussions


Extensive written materials, including best practice standards, templates, sample procedures, and information on further resources, provided.


Certificate provided on successful completion of training program

Course Fee: $400 US. Discounted if taken in combination with our Travel Medicine/Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and/or Emotional First Aid (EFA) courses.

Register here for the course:

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Please email us at [email protected] if you have any questions about registration and payment.  Please bring a printed copy of your receipt to the course. Course fees cover the course and lunch, you are responsible for your own travel and housing.

Additional Information

Location of the Course

You can find our location on google maps: ISDSI – International Sustainable Development Studies Institute – 47 ถนน โชตนา ตำบล ช้างเผือก Mueng, เชียงใหม่ 50300. We are located north of the old city just outside the superhighway.

Suggested Accommodation

In terms of accommodation, there are three very convenient places to stay right next to the training venue which can be booked using Agoda/booking.com etc. There are a few restaurants for breakfast/dinner and a nearby wet market which are in easy walking distance:

  • Chang Hotel-inexpensive option down the street from our office.
  • B2 Mountain Pano– Right next door to our office, mid-price. There are a few B2 locations, so make sure you book the Mountain Pano one.
  • Chotana Villa– Just down the street and across the street from our office. More upscale with a pool.

If you want to stay in another part of the city the city you can expect to spend 30-60baht each way for the local taxi or a Grab taxi to areas like Old City or Nimmanheiman Rd which have lots of accommodation and dining options.

Course Schedule

The course will run 9am-5pm. We ask that you be on time and plan to stay for the whole day. Lunch will be provided.

What to Bring to the Course

  • A focused (and excited) mind! It is strongly suggested you be prepared to devote the full day, each day, to this course and not have to focus on other responsibilities, a job, etc.




$400 per person


Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Jeff A. Baierlein founded Viristar to provide the very best in consulting and training services to help outdoor and informal education organizations ignite their full potential.

Jeff has over 30 years of experience with outdoor education, environmental education, adventure education and experiential education organizations in the US and around the world. He led remote wilderness expeditions, worked as a naturalist-educator, served as an Emergency Medical Technician with ambulance services, led search and rescue missions, and was appointed to the Washington State Governor’s Council on Environmental Education. He served as Executive Director of both the Boojum Institute for Experiential Education and the Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound Center. His writing and lectures have been translated into Russian, Vietnamese, and Chinese.

Application Deadlines

Semester Application Deadlines: Fall – March 15 / Spring – October 15

Summer Application Deadline: April 1

After the deadline we will accept students on a space available basis, so contact us at [email protected]

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