IOL Bushcraft Competency Certificate

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.

This full 3-day IOL Bushcraft Competency Certificate training 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.

If you don’t have any previous bushcraft experience, get in touch before booking on.

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

The syllabus meets the IOL Statement of Good Practice.  On this intensive 3 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,
  • How to sharpen a bushcraft knife,
  • Making simple carved implements such as a tent peg or feather stick,
  • Safe shelter construction, including ‘A’ frame and ‘lean to’ debris shelters,
  • Importance of insulating yourself from the ground in a debris shelter by creating an improvised bed,
  • Establishing fires by: bow drill, fire steel, flint and steel, lenses, mirrors, chemicals, matches, fire pistons, lighters, batteries & wire wool,
  • Constructing and using a tinder bundle to light a fire,
  • Fire maintenance,
  • Locating, filtering and purifying water,
  • Tree identification and uses, including food sources available from trees,
  • How to prepare and make natural cordage from a variety of sources,
  • Natural navigation using shadow sticks, a watch, the moon and stars,
  • 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 Certificate, you will need to log 120 quality hours and attend a separate assessment, available through Jack Raven Bushcraft.

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 Certificate.

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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.

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 62 reviews
 by Nick
Excellent course

The world of bushcraft tends to be blighted by a lot of showing off and macho bluffing. Gary is the antidote to all that - just no-nonsense expertise delivered clearly and with quiet authority. There's a lot of content to get through, but it's a very enjoyable course held in beautiful surroundings with great food and great company.

 by Cassy
Bushcraft brilliance

Can’t fault this course, absolutely amazing. Everyone was so friendly and helpful and understanding of those that needed a little bit more support and guidance in some areas! Very knowledgeable tutors. Both Gary and Steve passed on all their wealth of knowledge and skills and Nicola cooking and fine dining (venison yes venison 😁) was certainly a welcome Treat at the end of the day.
Great to know that Gary is at the end of an email to answer any questions, that I forgot to ask on the day ,so the back up post course support availability is also a really useful and unique feature, brilliant surroundings and shows Kent countryside at its best . Now for the consolidation hours!

 by Sarah
Brilliant. Highly recommend.

I have just completed the IOL 3 day bushcraft competency course. I highly recommend.

Gary had a wealth of knowledge and both he and steve are very patient and helpful when teaching. I was struggling and getting a little frustrated with the bow drilling but with gentle encouragement and slight tweaking of technique I produced an ember.

The site is beautiful, the kettle is always on and the compost loo wasnt as bad as i'd imagined. (Was incredibly grateful for a sheltered toilet)

Also have to mention Nicola who is an amazing cook, dinner was gorgeous. She also has a wealth of knowledge.
I have learnt so much in 3 days and am looking forward to putting it into practice then returning to complete the assessment.

Informative, instructive and fun.

 by Judith

Just finished the 3 day IOL Bushcraft Competency Certificate. A fantastic course - can’t believe we covered so much in just 3 days! Gary’s knowledge is outstanding.

 by Matt
Informative and Fun

This is my second course with Jack Raven after doing the 5 day course back in 2017.
Gary, the main instructor, has depth of knowledge that is really quite astonishing and covers a broad range of subjects above and beyond just the rudimentaries of Bushcraft. He's a great teacher too, concise, explains things clearly, loads of patience if we struggled, fielded our questions well but also knew when to get us back on track if we were diverging too much.
Bobert and Jules, the co-instructors are also highly knowledgable and the food cooked up by Nicola every evening was delicious. To top it all they're all just decent folks to hang out with for a few days, Willow the dog included. Really highly recommended, looking forward to going back to (hopefully) get my certification with them next year too.

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Institute for Outdoor Learning | IOL Bushcraft Qualifications

This 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 Certificate 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.