NOTE: No courses are scheduled for 2011. Please contact Expeditions West for more information.
Facility and Term
Overland Certified™ Program
Comprehensive Certification Course
7-Day Field and Classroom Training Course
Arizona Instructor Team
Colorado Instructor Team
None Scheduled

A week-long, comprehensive overland training course, providing driver training, recovery skills, equipment and logistics courses, navigation and the cultures and conservation capstone. With this course, Wilderness First Aid or equivalent, and a HAM license or qualified elective, a student can receive overland certification within 7-days. The 7-day format allows students to fly in to take the training using vehicles avaliable for rent from Overland Training.
Course includes the textbook Four-by-Four Driving, by Tom Sheppard of the Royal Geographic Society.
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Wilderness First Aid for Overlanding
3-Day Course
Instruction by Remote Medical Intl. in Prescott AZ
None Scheduled

Overland Training has teamed with Remote Medical International to provide a custom Wilderness First Aid course specifically for the overland traveller. Curriculum includes Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and certification as well as overland specific content including advanced medical kit, travel medicine, utilizing telemedicine assistance, and American Heart Association Adult Heartsaver CPR/AED instruction and certification. While we highly advise the Overland WFA course to those pursuing Overland Certification, we do accept medical training from NOLS and Wilderness Medical Associates. WFA is the lowest level of medical certification permitted to receive Overland Certification. Other levels of training can satisfy this certification requirement, like Wilderness EMT, Wilderness First Responder, etc. Contact Overland Training staff to discuss equivalencies.

HAM License
or greater
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Satisfies elective course for Overland Certification. A HAM license permits the operator to transmit and receive communications with mobile, handheld and base units throughout the world (transmitting is regulated by local laws and reciprocal agreements with other countries). Effective communications and awareness of high-performance communication solutions is an important skill for the prepared overlander.

Advanced Overland Training
Overland Certification or instructor approval required
OT410 Advanced Adventure Trailer Towing
Two-day course
M. Donovan None Scheduled

Advanced trailer towing is a two-day course that focuses on advanced trailer towing skills and advanced trail towing scenarios. Particular emphasis is placed on trailer set-up, load distribution, tongue weighting, brake systems and field repair. Towing skills include hill climbing, cambered obstacles, advanced backing skills, marshaling (spotting) and trailer recovery techniques.

OT422 Advanced Field Repair: 4wd
Two-day course
S. Brady
G. Jackson
None Scheduled

The advanced field repair course focuses on predictive and preventative maintenance strategies, failure-mode diagnosis, advanced troubleshooting and assessment. Field exercises will challenge your troubleshooting skills and develop confidence and creativity in solving mechanical failures. Additional instruction includes developing a spares and tools specification, researching common failures and resources for assistance while in the field.

OT440 Advanced Overland Navigation
Four-day course
G. Jackson None Scheduled

Navigation can be one of the most challenging of overland tasks. In this course we build on the basics from the Overland Certification course and put those methods into practice in the field. We will also introduce and become familiar with UTM and emergency navigation using the sun and stars. Extensive use of map and compass and the chance to go through and learn your GPS. This course is a must for those who travel by themselves, those who intend to travel overseas and anyone planning on leading or guiding overland expeditions.

OT480 Advanced Vehicle Preparation: 4wd
Two-day course
S. Brady
G. Jackson
None Scheduled

A 4wd vehicle, like any other piece of expedition equipment, requires proper preparation for the demands of a given journey. While some overland expeditions favor a lightly modified vehicle, certain undertakings demand the greatest preparation and modification to the base platform. The Vehicle preparation course focuses on developing an expedition specification, researching route conditions, seasons and regulations and balancing vehicle modification with GVWR. Particular emphasis is placed on vehicle loading, the effects of modification on vehicle handling and safety and research and testing techniques to determine the best methods for preparing your 4wd for global travel.

Professional Leadership Training
OT405 Expedition Leadership: Introduction
Two-day Field Training Course
S. Brady
J. Hanson
None Scheduled

The success of most expeditions is measured by the effectiveness, planning and problem solving skills of its leaders. Overland Training focuses on a in-field professional management program that will develop the critical thinking and management skills of the participants by reviewing team dynamics, cascading event models and risk management. Student will resolve real-world challenges by assessing the environment and personal influences, analyzing available options and taking decisive action.
Qualifies as an elective towards Overland Certification.

OT410 Expedition Guiding
Three-day Field Training Course
S. Brady
G. Jackson
J. Hanson
None Scheduled

This course is designed to train individuals and commercial organizations in the skills necessary to guide paying clients in the outdoors, including outside US borders. Our instructors will share their experiences and "lessons learned" while guiding in the Jungles of Central America to the Massai lands of Central Africa. Particular emphasis is placed on expedition planning, setting client expectations, mitigating risk, obtaining permits and developing resources in the host regions.
Prerequisite: Overland Certification.

Specialty and Elective Courses
Vehicle Operations and Recovery; 4WD -
3 Day Field Course
G. Jackson
S. Brady
None Scheduled

Students will become familiar with vehicle systems and equipment specific to cars and trucks. Significant instruction and practice on driving in dirt and special circumstances that arise in expedition environments. Special attention will be paid to keeping expedition vehicles running in arduous conditions.
Module 1: Overland Certification Requirement
Course includes the textbook Four-by-Four Driving, by Tom Sheppard of the Royal Geographic Society

OT-CUS Custom Training
None Scheduled
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Our staff has extensive overland experience and expertise. We have given custom training and consulting for groups bound on long distance overland trips, military projects, and custom vehcile specific training. Everything from driving to videography and journaling. If none of our regular courses fit your need, please give us a call and we can can provide a quote for any overland related training.

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