IOL Bushcraft Competency Training


IOL bushcraft competency certificate

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 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?

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: Fully catered

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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Jack Raven Bushcraft
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by Russ Phelan on Jack Raven Bushcraft
Bushcraft competency certificate

An amazing time, very educational course especially for those wanting to further their knowledge of bushcraft.
Can't thank Gary, Nicola or Willow enough!

by Darren on Jack Raven Bushcraft
IOL Bushcraft Competency Training

This course exceeded all my expetations.
The group was a nice size and we got lots of chances to ask questions and get advice on all aspects of bushcraft. Gary is very knowlegable in a wide area of skills and was great at passing that knowlege to us. The food was really tasty and filling and more than enough. The location was also fantastic. Looking forward to booking on more courses including the Axe workshop.

by Stuart on Jack Raven Bushcraft
IOL competency training

Jack Raven must be the go-to group for quality bushcraft training. Attendees’ skill levels were varied but all received exactly what they needed to progress towards instructor level. The teachers were calm, patient and encouraging which is exactly what is needed if you’re kindling a sensitive ember. Absolutely brilliant , thoroughly recommended.

by Melanie Grenfell on Jack Raven Bushcraft
Such a great weekend!

There was a lot to pack into the 3-day IOL Bushcraft Competency Course, but Gary still made time to allow discussion and for us to ask questions. We did loads of practical work and were guided through the requirements for the assessment. The course booklet even had links on each section to the Jack Raven blog - fantastic! Lovely bunch of people, excellent food, venue and instructors. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these guys for any sort of Bushcraft training.

by Julie on Jack Raven Bushcraft
A detailed and comprehensive course with an extremely knowledgeable instructor

This is an excellent course that covers a wide variety of bushcraft skills, but what is particularly helpful is that instead of just showing one method of doing something, for example lighting a fire or building a shelter, Gary breaks it down into the various steps explaining the likely causes of problems for each and how to avoid them, as well as different ways of doing things for people with differing physical abilities (for example the use of heavy logs as a weighted bearing block for fire drill for people who may not have the pysical strength to apply sufficient pressure). The course progresses in a logical order, with different techniques building on the techniques we learned earlier, and a lot of material is covered but there's still time to practice the trickier skills like fire by friction.

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Important Note

This course is Approved by 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  http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Portals/0/IOL%20Documents/General/IOL_Membership_form.pdf