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Fellow of the IOL (FIOL)

Who is a Fellow of IOL

Fellow of the Institute for Outdoor Learning is for people who have made an outstanding national contribution to the outdoor sector.

Fellows have consolidated experience of:

    • Building the practice of others and influencing nationally
    • Directing and creating long term projects with national impact.
    • Building national alliances, influencing people at all levels, including outside the sector.
    • Developing practitioner excellence and disseminating good practice at national level


You can use the FIOL Benchmarks and Criteria to help you plan your career development.

    • FIOL Criteria
    • FIOL Benchmarks

How do I become a Fellow?

Fellowships can be awarded by nomination, or applied for by the candidate.

Fellow - Applied for Route
Anyone holding LPIOL can apply.  Fellows are likely to have been in the field for at least 15 years, and have been operating at Fellow level for about 5 years.  Application is by submission of a portfolio of evidence against criteria, supported by 3 referees.
Download details of how to apply for IOL Fellow.

Fellow – Nominated route
Trustees of IOL may exceptionally make a Fellow award to people demonstrating outstanding service to the sector. Any member of IOL who feels we should recognise an individual in this way can, in the first instance contact the office to discuss the matter.

Review process for both routes to Fellow

Applications are submitted for deadlines once a year.  Applications are considered by a Review Panel consisting of 2 x Trustees and 2 x Fellows. The Panel will only very RARELY invite people for interview; decisions will be made on the strength of the written application.

What does it cost?

The FIOL accreditation process costs £250.  This includes:

  • The services of the Review Board
  • Interview - if applicable
  • Moderation

How do I get started?

    • Make sure that you are a current Individual member of IOL
    • Contact the IOL office to pay your fee and receive the Guidance on how to put together your application.


Who are the current Fellows?


Definition of terms here.

The IOL Professional Development Team and contact information

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