Outdoor learning professionals provide safe activities and effective learning in the outdoors for the benefit of individuals, communities, society and the economy.
They are trained, experienced and uphold the values and behaviours that help others adventure in their environment, gain skills and make a positive difference for our world.
Professionals in outdoor learning may volunteer, work full-time or part-role to positively impact areas such as sports participation, outdoor education, youth development, wellbeing, workforce training or adventure tourism.
Associate Professionals in Outdoor Learning
Associate Professionals in Outdoor Learning have responsibility for leading safe and engaging outdoor learning sessions in order to achieve intended outcomes. They have a minimum of one years' outdoor learning work experience plus relevant qualifications at RQF/CQFW Level 3 / SQCF Level 6 or higher.
Professionals in Outdoor Learning
Professionals in Outdoor Learning have responsibility for shaping effective outdoor learning by exercising autonomy and judgement within medium / long term parameters. They have a minimum of at least five years' experience in outdoor learning (including at least two years in a position of responsibility) plus degree level learning.
The three categories in the centre of the image can be combined to describe a role in outdoor learning - what position someone holds, which outdoor activities and subjects they specialise in, and why they do it.
e.g. Teaching, Instructing, Coaching, Guiding, Leading, Training, Educating, Advising, Managing, Directing
Outdoor activity and subject specialisms
e.g. Adventure Sports, Nature Connection, Outdoor Science, Team Challenges, Expeditions, Outdoor Living Skills
General purpose and intent
e.g. Sports participation, Outdoor education, Youth development, Wellbeing, Workforce training, Adventure tourism
Outdoor Professional Values
Guides, encourages and supports each learner in their development to achieve their potential. Focusses on agreed outcomes, responds to changing individual and group needs. Role-models an inclusive, motivating and positive approach.
Values the environment
Champions, actively respects and cares for the environment. Builds awareness of impact and encourages behaviours in others that support sustainability. Inspires connection, understanding and promotes on-going engagement with the outdoors.
Values their development
Is a self-starter that learns from experience, research and reflection. Inquisitive and open to new opportunities and advances in good practice. Takes pride in their profession and seeks to develop others as they develop themselves.
Competent to provide safe activities and effective learning in outdoor environments
Holds sufficient knowledge, skills, experience and judgement to deliver safe activities and effective learning on land, water, or in the air.
Education, training, training, experience and competence is aligned with relevant occupational standards and guidance for the role - whether as a volunteer or employee.
Engages in regular reflective practice and regular continuing professional development (CPD).
Follows their organisations policies and procedures.
Meets safeguarding, data protection, first aid, insurance and legal requirements.
Has their approach to outdoor learning recognised through relevant qualifications, NGB awards and membership levels.