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Accredited Practitioner

Of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (APIOL)



Accredited Practitioners of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (APIOL) have a passion for outdoor learning and have experience planning, leading and evaluating programmes for individuals and groups.




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APIOL Application and Induction Dates 2018

APIOL applications can be made throughout the year with an induction (when accepted for APIOL) usually undertaken via GoToMeeting.

Online Assessments

  • 18th April 2018 - 1.00pm
  • 24th April 2018 - 6.30pm
  • 25th April 2018 - 4.00pm
  • 10th May 2018 - 6.30pm
  • 11th May 2018 - 4.00pm
  • 16th May 2018 - 1.00pm
  • 22nd May 2018 - 6.30pm
  • 23rd May 2018 - 4.00pm
  • 14th June 2018 - 6.30pm
  • 15th June 2018 - 4.00pm
  • 20th June 2018 - 1.00pm
  • 25th June 2018 - 6.30pm
  • 26th June 2018 - 4.00pm
  • 5th July 2018 - 6.30pm
  • 6th July 2018 - 4.00pm
  • 11th July 2018 - 1.00pm
  • 17th July 2018 - 6.30pm
  • 18th July 2018 - 4.00pm

To book an APIOL Assessment please email your completed APIOL submission including your witness statements to Louise at the IOL office with your preferred date.


  • Is APIOL for you?
  • Benefits for Individuals
  • Benefits for Organisations
  • APIOL Core Competencies

An Accredited Practitioner will have been involved in Outdoor Learning programmes for 3-5 years or more as an employee, freelancer or volunteer. If you are an instructor, tutor, teacher, lecturer, youth worker, education officer, senior trainer, advisor, etc. then APIOL demonstrates your professional approach.

APIOL award holders have a range of experience and higher-level skills and knowledge in the activities and subjects that are core to their outdoor learning provision. APIOL requires you to have consolidated experience delivering outdoor learning programmes. It does not 'retest' specialist skills, it recognises your competence as an outdoor learning practitioner.

Recognises your skills, knowledge, experience and awards for providing outdoor learning.

Demonstrates your professional approach.

Helps you reflect on your approach, style, driving values and career direction.

Is flexible to fit your areas of work in outdoor learning - outdoor education, personal development, professional development, outdoor sports coaching, adventure tourism or outdoor therapy.

Shows a commitment to national criteria in Outdoor Learning.

Enhances and supports the career development of staff.

Promotes the experience and expertise of the organisation.

Demonstrates your staff can identify your clients needs and provide tailored programme design, outdoor learning delivery and programme evaluation.

Designs and delivers programmes with a range of activities. Manages complex decisions and activity-risk-benefit choices in the outdoors.

Uses a range of styles to facilitate impactful and lasting learning. Involves others in the planning, delivery and evaluation of learning.

Models their guiding principles and values, acts ethically. Promotes responsible and sustainable use of the outdoors.

Uses critical reflection to continually develop self and others. Demonstrates an on-going commitment to and benefit from CPD.

APIOL Process


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What is involved?

You complete your application with the help of an APIOL Coach to describe:

  • Your outdoor ‘CV’ - your education, influences and the range of your experience, knowledge and skills.
  • Your career development - where you have come from and where you’re going next.
  • Your critical reflection against the APIOL criteria and witness statements to confirm your practice.
An assessment interview with two external assessors confirms that you can show you meet all the APIOL criteria and have the professional attitude of an APIOL award holder.




APIOL Information Pack


APIOL Accreditation Criteria


APIOL Registration Form


Professional Accreditation Document Store

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How Do I?..


Be a member of IOL

Complete an APIOL registration form

Find out if I'm ready for APIOL

Have a look at the APIOL Benchmarks

If you feel you're at or above the APIOL benchmarks, complete an APIOL registration form to get started.

Do I need to have completed RPIOL first?

No. You can register for APIOL whether you have an RPIOL award or not.

Do I have to complete APIOL before I can apply for LPIOL?

Yes. LPIOL requires you to have already evidenced meeting the APIOL criteria. If you have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience you can go straight to LPIOL as soon as you complete APIOL.

Be an IOL Coach

Hold an APIOL Award and have experience coaching and mentoring outdoor professionals.

Get two proposers and complete a registration with IOL.

Further information can be found in the Coach Process document.

Be an APIOL Assessor

Hold an APIOL Award and have experience assessing the competence of outdoor professionals

Be familiar with the assessment interview guidelines

Complete a registration with IOL.

Further information can be found in the Assessor Process document.

Highlight your APIOL award status

Request a copy of the logo and guidelines for use on websites, brochures, etc.

Contact Fiona at IOL

Talk to someone about APIOL

Contact the IOL Professional Development Team
IOL Professional Development Team Contact Details

If you would like to register for APIOL please contact the IOL Office, email Louise or call us on +44 (0)1228 564580

Neal Anderson - Professional Standards Manager

Matt Hutson - Professional Development Officer, Area Specialist for Assessors

Jo McCready - Professional Development Officer, Area Specialist for Coaching

Bryn Beach - Professional Development Officer, Area Specialist for APIOL

Julian Pierce - Professional Development Officer, Area Specialist for RPIOL



Warwick Mill Business Centre, Warwick Bridge, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA4 8RR

+44 (0)1228 564580



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