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
|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
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.
Professional members of IOL have experience to enable them to:
- Provide safe and engaging outdoor learning sessions
- Organise resources and deliver within agreed programmes
- 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.