In collaboration with Mountain Hardwear and guidance from Lila Leatherman at Lamella Consulting and Nikki Smith, this course offers a unique opportunity to learn in a queer and trans-centered learning environment. From our SPI Provider to students, this course aims to create an entry point for future instructors and guides. We hope to continue to increase the visibility and mentorship of LGBTQIA2S+ guides and instructors, this is just a small piece of that puzzle.
This year, we will be furthering our partnership with Nikki Smith, athlete, photographer, and community leader, to facilitate a Friday evening community conversation during the three-day SPI Course. Additionally, we will be offering an assessment. Please note that we do not recommend that students take the course and immediately take the assessment, we want to encourage folks to practice. However, you can always feel free to reach out and inquiry about both programs back to back. Email: [email protected]
The application is due February 28th
This course is designed for anyone who identifies as a member of the LGBQTIA2S+ community.
The above prerequisites are absolute minimums. Without having at least this amount of experience you are unlikely to make best use of the training.
The SPI Assessment can be taken directly following the SPI Course if the candidate successfully completed the course and meets the assessment prerequisites. However, it is highly recommended that the SPI Course candidate take time practicing and consolidating the skills learned on the course before assessment (6-12 months). You do not need First Aid training to take the course or assessment. However, it is your responsibility to hold appropriate medical certification for the location that you are working in.
Yes, we will provide a full scholarship to participants. Thank you to our sponsor, Mountain Hardwear, for providing these scholarships.