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 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 Bushcraft is proud to be one of them.

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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 52 reviews
 by Paul Miles
3 day Bushcraft Competency Certificate

Yet another fantastic delivered by Gary & the team. This course will take you further into the world of bushcraft & give you a solid foundation on which to continue your bushcraft journey. I thoroughly recommend it

 by Joe Hackney
Fantastic Course

I couldn't recomend this course enough, whether you are just looking to improve your skills or gain a qualification in bushcraft, this course is perfect. It covers all the key areas in enough depth for you to go away and practice confident that you are doing it right. Thanks to everyone at Jack Raven!

 by Scott

Where to begin??
The course is excellent, and the enthusiasm, passion and knowledge exudes from Gary and Bob. Not only that, they are approachable, relaxed and very likeable, which makes for a very friendly and informative weekend.
The content is brilliant & far reaching and you are given space and time to practice and ask questions, and you’ll be busy and engaged from early to late every day.
There are so many other positives; the location; the food; the wildlife; the camaraderie.
I cannot recommend this course highly enough, in fact I might just go back and do it again!

 by John
3 Day IOL Bushcraft Course

An excellent well structured, well presented course presented in a relaxed but informative manner. The pace of the course was excellent providing everybody time to practice the techniques presented. Learnt so much, not just bushcraft skills but also the ethos behind bushcraft. Gary and Bob provided excellent tuition and were always happy to provide advice. I cannot write this review without mentioning the first rate meals provided by Nicola, venison chilli, fantastic! I would highly recommend this course.

 by Sandra
3 Day IOL Bush Craft course

A brilliant course. I learnt so much.

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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.