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Military and Government Training Programs
For the past 27 years, NWSOS-ITP has been providing basic to advanced training and consulting for some of the largest companies in the world, as well as the United States Military (USASOC and varying branches, special forces, elite units, SERE instructors, and other active/reserve teams), law enforcement personnel, miscellaneous state and federal government agencies, search and rescue teams, and the general public. Our specialty is designing and running specific training to match the needs of your team. We would certainly welcome the opportunity of working with you. Whether you send your team to a course we advertise, or you choose to have us offer private training for your team only, at your desired training location, you can rest assured that your team is in safe hands, and are training with the leading company in the industry in outdoor safety. We operate year-round in varying climates and terrain conditions. Therefore, we understand the knowledge and skill necessary for your teams to acquire for varying applications. We ask you to give us a chance to work with them. You won't be disappointed. Our credentials and expertise at tailoring specific types of training to fit varying needs has been well received.
Training Locations and Schedule:
While our base of operations is Mt Hood, Oregon and the surrounding woods, we operate nationally and can set up training anywhere you desire, for just about any application. We are also available to travel overseas, as needed.

Call us @ (503) 668-8264 for details.

Duration and Content of Training:
Programs usually run 3-14 days. We can help you design the content and duration of your own event that will best meet your needs. Since safety and skill is of vital concern to you and us, we will recommend the most appropriate training for your teams once we receive some initial information from you.
Training Options (Four):
Option 1 – Indoor Seminars:
Duration: 1 hour to 8 hours – you choose. Two to four hours is the most popular format for indoor seminars. We will provide whatever training you need, in either an overview format or very detailed training, using slides, videos, overheads, handouts, equipment display (actual gear review of survival kits, clothing, boots, equipment, etc.), to enhance the learning experience. We recommended the indoor seminar format for those who have teams who work outdoors, but who are not necessarily exposed to remote, dangerous locations due to weather, terrain risks, etc (see Field Training for these exposures). These seminars are also great for those whose budgets are not currently sufficient enough to book field training. We believe that, “any quality training is better than none at all.” Many teams begin with indoor seminars, and then expand to field training. Programs can also include a combination of both indoor seminars and field training.
Indoor Seminars Topics to Choose From Include:
  • Cold Weather Survival: (includes shelter finding/building, fire skills and other related skills pertinent to these environments/ locations).
  • Wilderness Survival (woods): (includes shelter finding/building, fire skills and other related skills pertinent to these environments/ locations).
  • Avalanche-Related Training
  • GPS (Global Positioning System) Training
  • Map and Compass Training
  • Desert Survival: or other Hot Weather Terrain
  • Jungle/Tropical Survival
  • Environmental Related Injuries Hypothermia, Frostbite, Hyperthermia, Altitude Issues, Reptiles, Spiders, Stings, Bites, Poisonous Plants, Burns, etc.
  • Wilderness Medicine
  • Survival Kits, Clothing, Footwear and Equipment Recommendations for Vehicle and Foot Travel in Varying Conditions
For more details on each facet of training, please let us know what your needs are, and we will ensure you receive the appropriate information to help you build a course to meet those needs. If other skills are required, but not listed, just let us know, as we may have overlooked listing your exact training needs.
Option 2 – Field Training:
Courses usually range from 3 to 14 days of field training (unless you book otherwise), depending upon the skills to be taught. We can combine varying elements of skill-sets during the training, to ensure multiple-facets of training are covered.
Safety & Use of
  • ATV
  • Snowmobiles
  • Snowcat
  • Helicopter Safety
  • 4x4 Vehicle Off-road
  • Chainsaws
  • Wilderness Survival (Woods)
  • Cold Weather/Arctic Survival: Mountain & Flat Plains (snow)
  • Mountain Survival (Above Timberline)
  • Hot Weather Survival: Desert and Non-Desert
  • Primitive Survival
  • Jungle/Tropical Survival
  • Helicopter Drop Survival
  • Open Water Survival
Tracking and Evasion
  • Evading Unfriendlies
  • Tracking: How to Track Others & Understanding What "Not to Leave Behind"
Mountaineering and Related
  • Crevasse Rescue
  • Clothing and Equipment
  • Snow and Ice Anchors
  • Belay Systems
  • Glacier Travel
  • Ice Climbing (Technical)
  • Establishing Base Camps (Hi Alpine)
  • Mountain Climbing
Rock Climbing
  • Climbing Techniques
  • Equipment
  • Belaying and Rappelling
  • Anchor Systems and Placement
  • Big Wall Climbing
Avalanche Training
  • Avalanche Awareness and Rescue, Terrain Concerns, Snow Pits & Analysis
  • Avalanche Surveying, Mapping & Control
  • Certification Courses
Medical Training
  • Wilderness & Survival Medicine
  • Medical Training for Remote Travelers
  • Wilderness First Responder Courses (WFR)
Land Navigation
  • GPS (Global Positioning System) Training
  • Map and Compass Training
  • When To Stay Put/Hike Out For Help
Rescue Training
  • Emergency Pre-Planning & Procedures
  • Search & Rescue
  • Signaling
  • Rope Rescue
  • Big Wall Rescue
  • Cross Country
  • Alpine
  • Ski Mountaineering/Backcountry Skiing
Leadership Training
Consulting, Product and Program Design, Development and Testing
Option 3 – A combination of Options 1 & 2 – Indoor Seminars & Field Training:
TThis option provides both elements of indoor and field training to maximize the learning process for your teams.
Option 4 - Instructor Training and Certification (Basic - Advanced Levels)
Please email us at , or call us at (503) 668-8264 for details.
Costs and Payment:
The per person/per day rate varies, depending upon location, duration, content and quantity of attendees. Forms of payment include: Gov't Impac Cards, Checks or EFT's.
To Inquire About or Book Training:
Call us at (503) 668-8264 and provide us with the following information:

The content – What kinds of environmental risks your employees face while on and off the job, or what season you would like to participate in training.

The location(s) – Where you would like the event to take place – anywhere in the world.

The dates(s) – When you would like the program to occur.

After we have the above information, we will design the event(s) to meet your needs and discuss our final proposal with you in detail.
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