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IOL Course Accreditation

Get your CPD, training or educational course accredited by IOL

Accrediting CPD, training or educational courses designed for Outdoor Learning professionals


Course accreditation with the Institute for Outdoor Learning assists instructors, teachers, leaders and managers of Outdoor Learning in identifying quality courses that are relevant to their needs. It helps providers demonstrate their CPD event, FE/HE course, or staff training programme is well designed, and fit for outdoor learning professionals.



  • Demonstrate the value of your course for outdoor learning professionals
  • Show your commitment to good practice and quality assurance
  • Publicise to our mailing list of instructors, teachers, leaders, educators and managers
  • Share your resource - with our 10,100 social media contacts, and beyond
  • Stand out - be one of a select number of courses aligned to quality standards and able to display the IOL Accredited Course badge
  • List your course on our website - we receive over 300,000 visits every year
  • Get support - use the accreditation process as a staff professional development opportunity and make improvements to your course
Course Accreditation



IOL Accredited Course


Accredited Training Course


IOL Accredited CPD Course


IOL Accredited FE Course


IOL Accredited Degree Course


IOL Accredited Masters Course



Course accreditation helps IOL to promote a professional sector, uphold or improve standards, and support members who are following the 7 Steps to CPD to add value in their work. All accredited courses must meet each of the 57 IOL quality of training criteria.


Quality of Training Criteria

IOL Accredited CPD Courses

Designed for EXISTING instructors, teachers or leaders to broaden or further develop their competence

Accredited CPD Courses

IOL Accredited Bushcraft Competency Certificate (BCC) Training Courses

Accredited BCC Training Courses

IOL Accredited Training Courses

Designed for ASPIRANT or NEW outdoor learning instructors, teachers or leaders

Accredited Training Courses

IOL Accredited Educational Courses

FE, HE, degree or masters courses or similar) that are typically over 12 months or longer

Accredited FE or HE Courses


Further Information


Accreditation Process

Accreditation Process


Accreditation Fees

Accreditation Fees


Quality of Training

Quality of Training Criteria


Application Form

Application Form


Guidance Notes

Guidance Notes






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