IOL Bushcraft Competency Training

IOL bushcraft competency certificate | Kent | south east | London

What’s it about?

To meet a growing need in Outdoor Education, the Institute for Outdoor Learning is now providing a system of courses to equip those of you who are/aiming to use bushcraft skills as part of your programmes.

These full 3-day IOL Bushcraft Competency training courses have been created by the IOL Bushcraft Professional Practice Group using some of the most experienced trainers of bushcraft in the country. This is provided by individual training organisations; Jack Raven is proud to be one of them.

What will I do on this IOL Bushcraft Competency training course?

The syllabus meets the IOL Statement of Good Practice.

  • Safe shelter construction, including ‘A’ frame and ‘lean to’ shelters,
  • Importance of insulating yourself from the ground by creating an improvised bed,
  • Safe use of basic tools such as knives, folding saws and bow saws,
  • UK knife law,
  • Knife sharpening,
  • Establishing fires by: bow drill, fire steel, flint and steel, lenses, mirrors, chemicals, matches, fire pistons, lighters, batteries & wire wool,
  • Leaving no trace,
  • Fire maintenance,
  • Locating, filtering and purifying water,
  • Tree identification and uses, including food sources available from trees,
  • Natural cordage,
  • Natural navigation using shadow sticks, a watch, the moon and stars.

To be added to the register of holders of the IOL Bushcraft Competency Certificate, you will need to log 120 quality hours and attend a separate assessment, as well as join the IOL and the Bushcraft Professional Practice Group.  Memberships and assessments are administered through the IOL.

Take a look at our ‘IOL Hall of Fame‘ to see photos of the people we know have successfully taken their assessment.

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You can see our entire course schedule here.

Other information

Location: Westwell, Kent

Duration:  3 days

Start: 9am Friday

End: 4pm Sunday

Course size: Maximum of 6 – to make sure that you get the best possible tuition on this busy course

Catering: We’ll provide tea & coffee, breakfast and dinner but you’ll need to bring a packed lunch

Note: There is a short walk from the meeting point to the camp. We’ll transport your bags in our 4×4.

You might also find these Frequently Asked Questions useful.

Assessment Cost:

There is an addirtional cost for the assessment; currently it is £165, payable to the IOL.

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by Terri Dawson on Jack Raven Bushcraft
IOL course

Thank you for such a brilliant course. It was intense and I learnt so much and feel so inspired to keep improving. The food, site and training were brilliant thank you very much!

by Geanina on Jack Raven Bushcraft

I learnt so many things on this course! Gary is an excellent teacher and very knowledgeable. He is professional, patient and encouraging. The course is intensive, teaching and practising takes place from morning til sunset. Thank you Gary and thank you to Nicola who made lovely food for us 🙂

by Marita Sanguinetti Bird on Jack Raven Bushcraft
IOL Bush Craft

Just wanted to say thank you so much for such an amazing course. Three days of Joy! I really appreciated your clear instruction and your warm, caring and inspiring guidance. Thank you for keeping us warm and nourished in every way possible. I have learnt more with you in three days than I have ever before. I had such fun and would do it all again. Marita.

by Sally Hall on Jack Raven Bushcraft
Would recommend to anyone

I had such a fun few days on the IOL course and feel very inspired to keep practicing and developing my skills! It was a very intensive course and we touched on so many areas. I particularly enjoyed firelighting and making natural cordage. Thank you Gary, Willow and Nicola

by Shahin Karimi on Jack Raven Bushcraft

What a great three days Learning lots of new things 🙂 thank you so much Gary also a very big thank you to Nicola who made wonderful food of course Willow for being awesome company and making us all smile.

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Important Note

This course is accredited by the IOL.  This means that it has been through a quality assurance process covering the experience and procedures of the organisation, the design of the course and the qualifications/experience of the trainers.

If you have any concerns about the quality of this course, please talk initially to the course staff and organisation.  If there are still problems, please contact the IOL office.

The Institute for Outdoor Learning encourages outdoor learning by developing quality, safety and opportunity to experience outdoor activity provision and by supporting the good practice of outdoor professionals.  Member benefits include professional journals and workshops, discounts on equipment, national and regional conferences, etc.  For details of membership benefits and how to join, please visit the IOL website at