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IOL Bushcraft Competency Training


IOL Bushcraft Competency Training

£300.00

Course Location: Oxfordshire and Leicestershire

Course Time: 09:00 - 19:00

Course Duration: 3 days

Course size: 5 or more

Course Age Range: 16+

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IOL Bushcraft Competency Training

Woodland Ways Training Course
Institute of Outdoor Learning  Bushcraft Competency Certificate - Training

This course is an Institute for Outdoor Learning Accredited Continual Professional Development Course and is designed for people who use/or wish to use bushcraft as an aide to delivering their own sessions at their own venues.
 
The training delivered on this course is designed to enable you to go for the IOL  Bushcraft Competency Award should you wish. The training does however surpass the basic requirements of the award. Run over 3 days at either our Oxfordshire and Leicestershire woodlands or your own venue (through prior arrangement and dependent on a suitability assessment by Woodland Ways) you will be taught by some of the most knowledgeable instructors in the industry. Our instructional team have been approved by the Institute for Outdoor Learning for their high standards of quality and safety.

The syllabus covers all the components included in the IOL Bushcraft Competency Assessment plus additional supplementary topics to give the student a better grounding in basic bushcraft skills. After completion of the course students will agree with the instructors what further steps are required and the amount of consolidation that is needed to reach the assessment level.

Each topic will be described in detail, demonstrated and then students will get plenty of hands-on practical experience under the expert supervision of our instructors. 

The course covers the following topics areas;

  • Woodland as a renewable resource
  • Tree identification and uses
  • Edged Tools- including cutting techniques, tool selection and maintenance, knife law
  • Safe use of edged tools
  • Fire- Building a fire, fire lays and firewood selection, clearing up and leave no trace policy, ignition sources, tinder and tinder bundles
  • Friction fire lighting – The Fire Bow - Including trouble shooting, making your own fire bow set
  • Shelter- location, designs and frames, thatching, bedding, clearing away and leave no trace
  • Water Sourcing, Collection & Purification
  • Natural Navigation using sun and stars
  • Cordage making


    The course will start promptly at 9.00 am each day and finish at 19.00 on the first two days. Students attending the course at our own venues are encouraged to camp on site for both nights, please let us know at the time of booking. Alternatively we are happy to provide a list of local accommodation. The course is self-catering but hot and cold water as well as tea and coffee is provided on each of the three days.

    This course is ideal for outdoor instructors using bushcraft skills as part of their repertoire. Possession of the IOL Bushcraft Competency certificate demonstrates to customers a safe and competent ability to practice bushcraft.
     
    This course is available to book privately for groups of 5 or more.
     
    For individuals booking on our advertised dates= £300 per person, £275 for IOL members (please telephone to book and give your IOL membership number)
    For group bookings on your own date of 5 to 10 persons = £300 per person, £275 for IOL members (please telephone to book and give your IOL membership numbers)
    For group bookings on your own date of 10+ = £250 per person, £225 for IOL members (please telephone to book and give your IOL membership numbers)
     
    We would ask all potential candidates to please note: there is a huge interest in bushcraft over the last few years, which has seen companies springing up offering you misleading bushcraft "Qualifications". We would ask candidates to note that it takes a minimum 24 months training, sometimes more, to become a woodland ways bushcraft instructor. This IOL award does NOT constitute a Nationally Recognised Bushcraft Intructors Qualification, there is NO such thing on the market.
     
    This course provides evidence to your employers, insurers and customers that you can deliver a basic bushcraft session safely and with an appropriate amount of knowledge and has become recognised as the benchmark for outdoor centres delivering basic bushcraft sessions (e.g. a 2 hour shelter building session for school children).
     
    If you find yourself confused about what is available on the market to assist you in learning or teaching bushcraft then please do not hesitate to contact us and we will gladly give you an honest review... or you could look at our THE WOODLAND WAYER COURSE , which is a highly comprehensive personal development course covering in depth a vast range of skills.
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    • Belvoir Estate- Leicestershire

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      With very kind permission of the Duke and Dutchess of Rutland, our courses here are set within the stunning private 16000 acre Belvoir Castle estate boasting truly beautiful areas of ancient woodland.

      The venue is located just outside the village of Nipton in rural Leicestershire around 6 miles west of Grantham. Our main base is set within a remote 400 Acre solid block of Woodlands, with no road noise or light pollution, and with access to the wider Estate. With 31 of the 32 species of native trees the canopy is simply stunning, and the vast acreage provides us with plenty of scope for renewable resources. As you would expect, there is an abundance of wildlife and flora.

      We operate all of our courses here for individuals to book on to, including our Woodland Ways Weekend, we also offer private bookings, school bookings, stag do's and corporate events. Toilet facilities are provided by means of composting toilets and there are central covered teaching area's within the woodlands comprising of timber and canvas structures.

      If arriving for a course please do not head to the Castle, in order to protect the privacy of the family. Please ensure when travelling to the venue you use the directions and not rely on Sat Nav in order to prevent getting lost.


    • Oxfordshire

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      Nestling on the banks of the River Thames we have sole access to a 250 Acre Private Woodlands just outside the Village of Appleton, in Oxfordshire. With 125 Acres designated as SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) there is an abundance of flora and fauna. With a mixed canopy throughout the woodlands and a mosaic of habitats this woodlands provides us with amazing resources, with Oak, Ash, Beech, Birch, Hazel, Hawthorn, Cherry, Blackthorn and more. We have resident populations of Muntjac, Roe and Fallow Deer. Plus a huge variety of other fauna with almost daily sightings of Stoat, Tawny Owl, Buzzard, Red Kite and so much more. We operate all of our courses here for individuals to book on to, including our Woodland Ways Weekend, we also offer private bookings, school bookings, stag do's and corporate events.

      Toilet facilities are available my means of composting toilets and a portaloo. There are central covered teaching area's within the woodlands comprising of timber and canvas structures.

      This wonderful wonderful woodlands is situated within 45 minutes of West London and the local train station (Oxford) is less than a 15 minute cab ride away. Please ensure when travelling to the venue you use the directions and not rely on Sat Nav in order to prevent getting lost.


    This course can be purchased as an 18 month voucher, to book online choose "18 month voucher" from the options above and we will email the details over to you. Alternatively if you are purchasing this course as a gift we can post you a full colour gift presentation pack for just £4.25, just choose posted instead of emailed delivery option. Or contact us by phone to make the arrangements.

    Call US: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days) / 07843 064114 (Out of hours)

    We'll take your details and payment over the phone and then email or post you and information pack along with the booking form. All you need to do then is complete the form and return it to us, your places are confirmed at the time of payment.

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