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For Individuals

For Individual IOL Members

For our individual outdoor leaders

Being an individual member of IOL establishes and maintains you as a professional in Outdoor Learning. We provide publications, courses, accreditation and job site to support you throughout your Outdoor Career.

Who are we?
We call ourselves outdoor instructors, youth workers, development trainers, field studies officers, teachers, lecturers, outdoor educators, coaches, students, environmental officers, expedition leaders, volunteers, therapists and leaders and more…


Outdoor learning professionals create positive memories and help people gain skills and learn more about themselves, each other and the natural world. Working on a full-time, part-role or voluntary basis, they lead a range of adventure sports, outdoor skills and challenges, field studies, and environmental appreciation activities and programmes. Outdoor professionals are members of their professional body and are trained and experienced in using the outdoors to make a difference for others.

Values learners

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.



The Outdoor Professional





Individual Accreditation

Our accreditation scheme recognises the core components of a well-rounded and professional practitioner of Outdoor Learning, no matter which field they operate in.

Accredited Practitioner

My Local IOL

What is happening in my region? In my speciality?

Get involved at a local or professional level in the development of Outdoor Learning.



Horizons is our Professional Development Magazine. Contributors share good practice, expertise or experiences of their work in the outdoors. It is published 4 times a year and included in all our Full memberships.

Read More

7-Steps to CPD

How do I develop myself professionally? Use our simple guide to enable you to identify which aspects of your professional development to focus on next.


Stories from our Members

A selection of stories from our members. Take a look at some of the journeys of the amazing men and women of the Outdoors.


Deals & Discounts

We have negotiated a selection of deals and discounts for our members on publications, at events and courses, at activity sites and on equipment and useful services such as insurance. Log in required.



We work across the diverse Outdoor Learning sector to represent our members and increase participation in Outdoor Learning. We lobby for the benefit of the sector to articulate the value of Outdoor Learning across society.



Keep in touch with the outdoor learning sector’s latest news locally and nationally. News, research and developments in Outdoor Learning are posted via our website, facebook and twitter.

Latest News

Research & Guidance

Our bank of useful information, guidance, publications, current research to help you keep your professional practice up to date.




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