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The Outdoor Professional

Using the outdoors to make a difference for others

Outdoor learning professionals use the outdoors to make a difference for others.

They may work on a paid, part-time or voluntary basis and use a range of activities such as adventure sports, outdoor skills & challenges, field studies or environmental discovery.

Outdoor learning professionals help people reflect and learn about themselves, each other and connect with the environment. Together we can promote positive mental and physical health, bring communities together – and, increasingly, address the issues of sustainability and climate change.



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IOL supports all outdoor professionals to be:


Has the knowledge, skills and experience required for their role and meets the relevant occupational standard.



Engages in reflective practice and regular continuing professional development (CPD).



Meets safeguarding, data protection, first aid, insurance and legal requirements.



Keeps up to date and aware of changes in the field.



Upholds and follows a code of professional conduct and sustainability.



Draws on a network of peers and experts to guide and inform practice.



Has benchmarked their approach through relevant qualifications, awards or membership levels.



Takes pride in being a member of their professional body.



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