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IOL Bushcraft Competency Certificate

The IOL Bushcraft Competency Certificate

Bushcraft is a growing sector of the outdoor industry with increasing numbers of outdoor practitioners now including bushcraft elements in their day to day activities. The Bushcraft Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Institute for Outdoor Learning recognises the need for practitioners to demonstrate that they have a basic level of safe and competent bushcraft skills and are following recommended good practice.

A 3-day training courses have been created and developed to cover the syllabus of this certificate by the Bushcraft and Survival Skills SIG using some of the most experienced trainers of Bushcraft in the country. This training course is an IOL Accredited Course and provided by IOL Organisational Members. These courses are listed here and follow the link to Bushcraft & Forest School Courses/events.

Following training you should then undergo a period of consolidation before attending assessment which will need to be evidenced by completing the BCC logbook. If you can meet the criteria there is no requirement to attend a training course however, your completed logbook is to be available at assessment.


Assessment dates and costs are listed below.

To be added to the register of holders of the FBC you will need to join the IOL and the BSS Special Interest Group. To do this, please contact the IOL

  • Safe Shelter construction
  • Safe use of tools and knife Law
  • Establishing and maintaining fires by; bow drill, firesteel, flint and steel and other methods
  • Leaving no trace
  • Water Sourcing, Filtering and Purification
  • Tree ID & uses
  • Natural Navigation
  • Cordage making from natural materials
Learning Outcomes
  • This certificate demonstrates that the holder has successfully demonstrated a high level of safety and competency in the subjects covered by the course.
  • There will usually be at least 2 assessors with a minimum of 6 years experience in teaching bushcraft and survival skills.
Feedback... "Just a quick thank you for last week. I thoroughly enjoyed the process, and love coming away from an assessment knowing more. Once again you created a relaxed environment, allowing us to show you what you needed with the correct amount of pressure to perform." 20.3.17

Assessment Dates 2017



    • 2nd May 2017. Wiston Ldoge, Biggar, Lanarkshire. FULLY BOOKED
    • NEW DATE - 3rd May 2017. Wiston Ldoge, Biggar, Lanarkshire
    • 3rd August 2017. Appleton, Oxfordshire
    • 20th September 2017, Ross on Wye
    • The assessments cost £165
      Book online. Or call 01228 564580 or Email to Fiona at IOL.

This year we wont be advertising specific dates for the conversion of FBC to BCC however do contact IOL and we will do what we can to arrange a suitable place and time for this to take place. The cost is £25.

Mini Conversion Assessment dates (cost £25):
  • Watch this space
The Assessment

  • For a copy of the kit list and the booking form, please see the ‘Downloads’ below.
How to Book
  • To book one of the courses, you can book online if paying by credit/debit card, otherwise please contact the IOL office, email  or call 01228 564580
Terms and Conditions
  • If you cancel more than 6 weeks before the assessment date you will be refunded in full minus £10 administration charge. If you cancel between 6-2 weeks before the assessment date 50% of the cost of the assessment will be forfeited. Cancellations less than 2 weeks before the assessment date 100% of the assessment cost will be forfeited.
Complaints Procedure
  • Please contact the IOL office
FBC & BC Holders
FBC and BC Certificate Holders website


You can buy the BCC logobook from the IOL Bookshop

"The Course was very enjoyable and informative; I certainly learned lots and highlighted areas for further development.  All instructors were very knowledgeable and supportive."

"I was happy to submit my self to the scrutiny of the course and also the learning too.  It occurred to me lying in bed this morning that many of the freelance climbing instructors I know run bush craft days for people, but not one would be able to pass that course."