IOL Bushcraft Competency Award


IOL Bushcraft Competency Award | Kent | south east | London

What’s it about?

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

This 2 day IOL Bushcraft Competency Award course has 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 Bushcraft is proud to be one of them.

The course has been designed for people working in outdoor centres or schools and delivering simple bushcraft skills sessions.

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

The syllabus meets the IOL Statement of Good Practice.  On this 2 day course you will cover:

  • UK knife law and its relevance to bushcraft,
  • Safe use of basic bushcraft tools such as knives, folding saws and bow saws,
  • Making feather sticks,
  • How to sharpen a bushcraft knife,
  • Making simple carved implements such as a tent peg or feather stick,
  • Have plenty of practise creating a flame using matches, fire steels, fire pistons, wire wool & a battery, solar mirrors, flint & steel and chemicals,
  • Constructing and using a tinder bundle to light a fire,
  • Fire maintenance,
  • Put up a hammock and tarp using 3 simple knots that can be tied and untied wearing gloves,
  • Learn a couple of useful lashings for the outdoors,
  • Adapt a tarp to different configurations to meet different conditions and environments,
  • Learn a variety of back country cooking techniques using a pit oven, dutch oven, grills and embers,
  • Locating, filtering and purifying water,
  • And of course, ensuring that we leave no trace,

Throughout the course we will provide advice and guidance on tools and equipment and how to teach the skills covered to other people, whether that be individuals or groups, all based on our own years of experience.

To be added to the register of holders of the IOL Bushcraft Competency Award you will need to 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 that we know have successfully taken their assessment. and gained the IOL Bushcraft Competency Award.

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You can see our entire course schedule here.

Other information

Location: Westwell, Kent

Duration:  2 days

Start: 9am Saturday

End: 4pm Sunday

Course size: Maximum of 8 – 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’s £165, payable to the IOL.

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Institute for Outdoor Learning | IOL Bushcraft QualificationsThis course is accredited by the Institute for Outdoor Learning.  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 your IOL Bushcraft Competency Award 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.