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Professional Recognition

Gain Professional Recognition in Outdoor Learning

Professional Recognition

 

As we move towards a more coherent sector, and in order to improve the strength of our support and voice inside and outside the sector, we are creating standards to recognise the professionals within UK Outdoors member organisations.

After several years of research and consultation, this takes the sector forward towards establishing a chartered body for outdoor learning professionals.

  1. Having professional recognition clearly benchmarked against other established professions will strengthen our lobbying and representation activity with UK and Home Nation Governments.
  2. Professional membership of a UK Outdoors member organisation will be a required gateway for accessing pathways to individual Chartered Professional status

 

Professional Recognition Benchmarks

Professional recognition distinguishes a level of education and experience working in any area of outdoor learning. It is in addition to each individuals’ specialisms and qualifications, e.g. instruction/coaching awards, IOL Accreditation, association memberships, teaching and/or management qualifications, etc.

Professional recognition also brings expectations and responsibilities including a commitment to safe, ethical practice, evidence of completing CPD annually and being up-to-date and connected to current good practice.

 

Associate Professional Recognition
One years' outdoor learning work experience plus relevant qualifications.
Professional Recognition
Five years' outdoor learning work experience plus relevant qualifications.

Suitable qualification at RQF/CQFW Level 3 / SQCF Level 6 or higher.**

e.g. Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship, Mountain Leader Award, Forest School Leader, etc.

Statements of support confirm experience in instructing / leading / coaching in any outdoor activity.

Suitable qualification at RQF/CQFW Level 5 / SQCF Level 8 or higher.**

e.g. First Degree, Masters Degree, Diploma in Management, etc.

Statements of support confirm experience as an outdoor learning specialist, manager or advisor - or the teaching / development of the workforce.

** Requirements for equivalent qualifications and experience are in development.

Professional Recognition Process

Attaining professional recognition will further demonstrate your commitment to professional practice and your own continued professional development.

 

UK Outdoors Member Organisations offering Professional Recognition

  • Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL)
  • Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres (AHOEC)

Each member organisation of UK Outdoors will offer professional recognition to existing members following the same requirements and process.

 

Professional Recognition Process

 

Depending on your eligibility, you may need to:

  • Provide details of your outdoor learning work experience (template provided)
  • Provide statements of support that confirm your experience (template provided for signature by peer or senior manager)
  • Provide copies of certificates of relevant qualifications at the required level
  • • Provide evidence of an equivalent, existing professional membership at the level, e.g. Full membership of AHOEC

It is envisaged that Professional Recognition will define an individual’s membership level of UK Outdoors as organisations with our sector come together.

Associate Professional Recognition

Becoming an associate professional demonstrates you have experience working in outdoor learning and a commitment to professionalism and your own continued professional development.

 

UK Outdoors Member Organisations offering Professional Recognition

  • Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL)
  • Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres (AHOEC)

 

Associate Professional Application Routes

APR ROUTE 1
RPIOL or APIOL
APR ROUTE 2
Suitable qualifications.
Copy of RPIOL or APIOL award certificate One statement of support that confirms your experience
Copies of certificate of a suitable qualification
Self-declaration of suitable experience on application form

 

Suitable Qualifications:

All qualifications and awards that are directly relevant to your work in outdoor learning and are at RQF/CQFW Level 3 / SQCF Level 6 or higher may be suitable.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship
  • MTE Level 3 Rock Climbing Instructor
  • MTE Level 3 Award in Lowland Leadership
  • MTE Level 3 Award in Mountain Leadership
  • Level 3 Forest School Leader
  • Pearson BTEC Diploma in Sport and Outdoor Activities

IOL recognised qualifications and awards aligned to Outdoor Activity Instructor Occupational Standard at Level 3 can be found here.

 

Suitable experience

Professional members of IOL have experience to enable them to:

  1. Provide safe and engaging outdoor learning sessions
  2. Organise resources and deliver within agreed programmes
  3. Prepare for and achieve planned outcomes

Work experience can be full time, part role or volunteer in any area of outdoor learning as an instructor, teacher, facilitator, coach etc in any outdoor activity.

 

Professional Recognition

Recognition as a professional in outdoor learning values your experience and will further demonstrate your commitment to professionalism and continued professional development.

 

UK Outdoors Member Organisations offering Professional Recognition

  • Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL)
  • Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres (AHOEC)

Professional Recognition Application Routes

PR ROUTE 1
Suitable qualification PLUS APIOL or LPIOL award
PR ROUTE 2
Suitable qualification PLUS member of AHOEC
PR ROUTE 3
Statement of experience
One statement of support that confirms your experience One statement of support that confirms your experience List of outdoor learning roles, responsibilities and dates
Copies of certificates of suitable qualifications Copies of certificates of suitable qualifications One statement of support that confirms your experience
Copies of certificates of suitable qualifications
Self-declaration of suitable experience on application form

 

Suitable qualifications:

All qualifications and awards that are directly relevant to your work in outdoor learning and are at RQF/CQFW Level 5 / SQCF Level 8 or higher may be suitable. For example:

  • First or Higher Degrees in Outdoor Adventure Leadership, Outdoor Adventure Education, Geography, Environmental Science, etc.
  • Level 5 Certificate / Diploma in Management and Leadership, Level 5 Certificate / Diploma in Effective Coaching and Mentoring
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, etc.

Equivalent experience will be recognised for those not holding RQF/CQFW Level 5 / SQCF Level 8 qualification. The process is in development across the sector and will be available in Summer 2020.

 

Suitable experience

Professionals in outdoor learning have a total of at least five years' outdoor learning work experience at this level to enable them to:

  1. Shape effective outdoor delivery and exercise autonomy and judgement
  2. Build programmes of learning using purposeful and planned outdoor experiences
  3. Think and operate medium / long term planning and developing courses of action
  4. Positively influence colleagues and role model professional and reflective practice
  5. Deliver value to customers and the profession by addressing complex problems

Experience may be full time, part role or volunteer in any area of outdoor learning, as either a practitioner or academic, and include the responsibilities of one or more of:

 

Outdoor Learning Specialist

Facilitators, Practitioners, Teachers, Coaches, etc.

 

Manager of Outdoor Learning

Leaders, Managers, Advisors, etc.

 

Workforce / Profession Developer

Trainers, Lecturers, Researchers, etc.

 

 

Apply for Professional Recognition

Professional Recognition recognises a certain level of education, training and relevant work experience in outdoor learning. It complements each individuals’ specialisms, e.g. teaching qualifications, instruction/coaching awards, IOL Accreditation, association memberships, etc.

To apply for Professional Recognition you need to be a current member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL) or the Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres (AHOEC). Current discounted membership rates for IOL:

  •  Annually £66.00
  •  Annual Direct Debit £57.72
  •  Monthly Direct Debit £4.81

There is no additional cost for Professional Recognition

 

 

 

 

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