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Alpine Operations

This certificate program allows students to prepare for a professional year-round career in the snowsports industry while they are simultaneously engaged in the pursuit of their undergraduate college degree. The certificate program combines business and ski classes with on-hill instruction experience and an internship, providing foundational skills for working in the snowsports industry. The courses in the certificate program prepare students for the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) level 1 certificate exams. The program coordinates especially well with UMF's bachelor's degree programs in ORBA (Outdoor Recreation Business Administration), Community Health (Outdoor Recreation Programming Concentration), Business/Economics, Individualized Studies, and General Studies; however, it is available to any UMF student regardless of major, and is also open to non-matriculated students. Completion of the certificate is recorded on the official UMF transcript.

Required Courses:

BUS 130 Introduction to Recreation 4
BUS 229  Alpine Operations Leadership and Management                                                 4
SKI 120 Orientation to Alpine Operations                                                                4
SKI 122            Theory of Ski Instruction 2
SKI 124            Ski Instruction Children (PSIA Children level 1) 2
SKI 125 Ski Instruction Adults (PSIA Adults level 1) 2
One of the following electives:
REC 133 Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management  OR 2
SKI elective* * Students will be strongly advised to take advanced SKI classes through advising, however other electives as approved by the coordinator of the Alpine Industries program will be acceptable depending upon the student’s interests and potential career aspirations, OR 2
PEC 219 Athletic Management and Administration OR 2
*Elective *An elective approved by the Alpine Operations Coordinator 2
BUS396/SKI396     Internship 4

Certificate in Alpine Operations Level One: (24 Credits)

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