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IOL Accreditation

 Individual Professional Accreditation

  • Recognises your skills, knowledge, experience and awards for providing outdoor learning.
  • Demonstrates your professional approach. 
  • Helps you reflect on your approach, style, driving values and career direction.
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Registered Practitioners of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (RPIOL) are competent instructors, leaders or teachers with a passion and enthusiasm for outdoor learning.

Find out more about becoming a Registered Practitioner
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Accredited Practitioners of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (APIOL) have a passion for outdoor learning and have experience planning, leading and evaluating programmes for individuals and groups.
Find out more about becoming an Accredited Practitioner
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Leading Practitioners of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (LPIOL) are champions of outdoor learning and have a depth of experience and evidence of influencing the wider sector beyond their workplace or specialist interest area.

Find out more about becoming a Leading Practitioner

IOL Accreditation is designed for everyone who provides outdoor learning including instructors, youth workers, teachers, lecturers, teaching assistants, development trainers, therapists, facilitators, centre managers, advisors, etc.

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Professional Standards 2016
Follow this link to find out more about the 2016 update to professional standards

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 Course Accreditation

An external, professionally based, quality assurance process.

  • 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

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Download masters of all accreditation documents (members only)

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IOL Accredited Providers

Find out more about becoming an IOL Accredited Provider....

  • Belfast Activities Centre  (internal course only)
  • Calvert Trust  LINK 
  • Training Expertise  LINK
  • Nature's Work LINK
  • Jack Raven Bushcraft Ltd LINK
  • Mountain and Bushcraft Ways LINK
  • Equal Adventure LINK
  • Biblins-Bushcraft LINK
  • World Challenge Expeditions  (internal course only)
  • Woodland Survival Crafts LINK 
  • Woodland Ways LINK
  • Forestry Commission Scotland: Branching Out LINK
  • Closer to the Edge LINK
  • Branching Out LINK

Brenscombe Outdoor CentreLand and Wave to Sept 2016Caldecotte to Aug 2016Roots and WingsAIM March 2014