IOL Course accreditation is for all courses that support developing the knowledge and skills of practitioners of outdoor learning.
An external, professionally based, quality assurance process.
- Credibility for the training you are delivering from the professional body in the sector.
- Highlighted listing on the IOL website of your Accredited Course(s) including course description, email and website links
- Use of the IOL Accredited Course logo in publicity material and on CPD certificates relating specifically to the course that has been accredited
- Accredited courses are designed and delivered with a clear aim, learning outcomes and appropriate assessment for learning
- Trainers are knowledgeable, skilled and understand the work of instructors, teachers and leaders of outdoor learning
- The course is relevant to working in outdoor learning
- The provider is solvent, stable and operates ethically in line with IOL policies
- The provider shows active support for IOL and the outdoor learning sector
Courses can be provided for all levels of experience or job role and include a wide variety of content:
- Direct course - the content is defined and managed directly by the course provider (e.g. reviewing skills, environmental skills, staff training programmes)
- External course - the provider delivers a syllabus defined by a recognised organisation or awarding body (e.g. first aid, bushcraft, management awards)
- HE course - A single module or full course from a recognised higher education establishment
- IOL Accredited Outdoor First Aid Courses must meet or exceed the IOL Guidance on Outdoor First Aid and each trainer must have passed the IOL Outdoor First Aid Questionnaire.
- IOL Accredited Bushcraft Competency Courses must meet or exceed the IOL Statement of Good Practice on Bushcraft Competency and passed an on-site assessment by the IOL Bushcraft PPG Panel.