| Search
IOL Foundational Bushcraft Competency

The IOL Foundational Bushcraft Competency Certificate

To meet a growing need in Outdoor Education we are 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 Bushcraft and Survival Skills SIG using some of the most experienced trainers of Bushcraft in the country. This is provided by individual bushcraft training organisations and the courses are listed here and follow the link to Bushcraft & Forest School Courses/events.

You should then undergo a period of consolidation before assessment.

Assessment dates and costs are listed below.

To be added to the register of holders of the FBC you will need to join the IOL and the BSS Special Interest Group. To do this, please contact the IOL

  • Safe Shelter construction and bedding
  • Safe use of basic tools and knife Law
  • Establishing fires by; bow drill, firesteel, flint and steel and others
  • Leaving no trace
  • Water Filtering and Purification
  • Basic Tree ID
Learning Outcomes
  • This certificate demonstrates that the holder has successfully demonstrated a high level of safety and competency in the subjects covered by the course.  This leads on to the Assessment.
  • There will be at least 2 instructors with a minimum of 4 years experience in teaching bushcraft and survival skills.
Assessment Dates / Course Costs
2016 dates
  • Springwood. 21st March. The assessments cost £150
    Book online. Or call 01228 564580 or Email to Fiona at IOL.

The Assessment

  • Assessments will be put on in line with expected demand. Details of this syllabus are available here  
    Assessments start at 9am. If you have a long way to travel contact one of the assessors as we can often arrange camping the night before.
  • The assessment can last until midday on the second day however if numbers are low we may finish at the end of the first day.
  • All assessments are self catering. Bring a packed lunch for day 1 as time is usually precious.
  • For a copy of the kit list and the booking form, please see the ‘Downloads’ below.
How to Book
  • To book one of the courses, you can book online if paying by credit/debit card, otherwise please contact the IOL office, email  or call 01228 564580
Terms and Conditions

Complaints Procedure
  • Please contact the IOL office
FBC Holders
FBC Certificate Holders website
  • Log Book 1
  • Log Book 2
  • Kit list: click here 
"The Course was very enjoyable and informative; I certainly learned lots and highlighted areas for further development.  All instructors were very knowledgeable and supportive."

"I was happy to submit my self to the scrutiny of the course and also the learning too.  It occurred to me lying in bed this morning that many of the freelance climbing instructors I know run bush craft days for people, but not one would be able to pass that course."