Certified Outdoor Educator (COE) Clinic
The COE Clinic is intended for professional path applicants for the COE Credential. The COE is a credential that recognizes highly qualified outdoor professionals with expertise in outdoor leadership assessment and evaluation. Attending a COE Clinic is one step in the process of building a digital portfolio and does not guarantee the COE Credential.
The COE Clinic is an approximately 20-hour course designed to familiarize participants with the WEA certification levels and process and communicate to participants how to incorporate the WEA Credentialing Program into their curricula and outdoor expeditions. Applicants will provide evidence of their skills in each of the 6+1 educational components as well as meet minimum field time requirements (100 days). Evidence of proficiency (artifacts such as resume, field log, and more) will be submitted through an online portfolio and subjected to peer review. A flexible and simplified artifact process allows candidates to use existing professional documents and evidence of work rather than creating new forms. Participants may expect to participate in teaching during the clinic. The clinic is an opportunity for professionals to share ideas and collaborate with other instructors.
Dates: February 5-7, 2024
Location: YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly
84 Blue Ridge Circle
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Clinic Fee: $500 (includes course materials and Professional Path certification fee)
$30 Application fee
COE Enrollment Application
100 field days of outdoor leadership
Lodging: Lodging at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly can be purchased when registering for this event.
Meals: No meals will be provided. Black Mountain has a variety of restaurants within a short drive of the YMCA. The YMCA will also have a small kitchenette with refrigerator available for attendees to use.
Clinic Facilitators: Dave Sperry, COE
Minimum Enrollment: This course will run with a minimum of 4 participants. If the minimum is not met within (2 weeks) of the course start date, the WEA National Office will issue a refund.
Registration: Registration IS OPEN! The deadline for registration is Jan 22, 2024.
Minimum Enrollment: This course will run with a minimum of 4 participants. If the minimum is not met within 2 weeks of the course start date, the WEA National Office will issue a refund.Cancellation Policy: Clinic cost includes a 15% non-refundable administrative fee. Participants may cancel up to 2 weeks before the clinic for a refund (minus the 15% fee). Within 2 weeks, a 50% refund will be offered. Within 48 hours, a refund will only be offered if WEA cancels the clinic due to unforeseen circumstances. All clinic participant refund requests must be made in writing to the WEA National Office. Registration fees are not transferable to future years or any other person outside your organization.