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Professional Development

Professional Recognition and Accreditation Awards

Is it time for recognition as a professional?



1 - Recognised

Get recognised for your experience and be confident that your knowledge, skills and training is benchmarked at a level matched to other professions.

2 - Valued

Demonstrate the value you bring as an Outdoor Learning Professional to participants, customers, employers and stakeholders.

3 - Supported

Help us to help you – having a community of Professionals in Outdoor Learning supports IOL towards becoming a Chartered Institute.

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To recognise training and experience in any area of outdoor learning


Associate Professionals in Outdoor Learning


Have at least one years' experience delivering outdoor learning sessions plus relevant qualifications at RQF/CQFW Level 3 / SQCF Level 6 or higher


Professionals in Outdoor Learning


Have at least five years' experience in a position of responsibility plus relevant qualifications at RQF/CQFW Level 5 / SQCF Level 8 or higher


APPLY FOR FREE if you are a current member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL), the Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres (AHOEC) or the Outdoor Education Advisors Panel (OEAP).


To recognise your values, understanding and leadership approach





RPIOL holders plan, prepare and lead safe and engaging outdoor learning sessions to achieve planned outcomes




APIOL holders design, facilitate and evaluate purposeful outdoor learning programmes with individuals and groups




LPIOL holders influence and shape outdoor learning practice with a strategic focus at a regional or national level



OPEN TO ALL IOL MEMBERS, get quality time with an Accreditation Coach to reflect on all aspects of your training, experience, and future aspirations. RPIOL and APIOL holders can be automatically recognised as Associate Professionals in Outdoor Learning.



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