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How to Join IOL

As an individual or an organisation you can join IOL by;

  • Completing the Online Registration and paying by Card
  • Downloading and completing the Application Form to pay by direct debit or invoice
  • You need to be a member to join any of the Sector Specialist Groups. To add these to an existing membership, please contact the IOL Office +44 (0)1228 564580

  Membership Options

  NEW - Professional Recognition


IOL Membership Application Form



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Membership Developments for 2022/2023

Take a look...

We recognise that times are hard. Behind the scenes we have worked tirelessly to reduce our overheads. For example, we have recently managed to shrink the size of our office and will be moving to a virtual office within the year. Sorry, we have removed the monthly direct debit option for individual membership. This is an administratively demanding option. Rather than lose you though we would urge anyone who finds the annual direct debit still too much to get in touch and we can arrange for an individual monthly direct debit plan. We are working on a new system behind the scenes which will make a big difference to the organisation going forward as well incorporating a new website. We have expanded the range of Sector Specialist Groups and there is now, no individual joining fee for each group so please tick those that you would like to be engaged in.


All IOL Members Get

  • Free subscription to Horizons magazine
  • Access to members only free webinars
  • Access to sector specialist groups
  • Automatic access to a Geographical Group
  • Access to members only website area and resources
  • Access to members only email groups
  • Regular newsletters, updates and communications
  • Member rates to events + Sector deals & discounts

Individual Members

Outdoor instructors, youth workers, development trainers, field studies officers, teachers, lecturers, outdoor educators, coaches, students, environmental officers, expedition leaders, volunteers, therapists, leaders and more…

Membership also gives individuals...

  • Access to professional accreditation

Organisational Members

Spanning the rich mix of the outdoor learning world, from tiny to large, from household names to brand new ventures. We are outdoor centres, activity providers, youth and adult charities, environmental organisations, land managers, expedition organisations, schools, colleges and universities, corporate development companies and many more....

Membership also gives organisations...

  • Free job adverts on the premier outdoor sector JobSite
  • Free course/event web listings
  • Access to course accreditation
  • Team development through IOL CPD events
  • Horizons Magazine
    (Level 1: 1 copy, Level 2: 2 copies, Level 3: 3 copies)

Membership Fees

All memberships include our Horizons professional development magazine.



Open to all who share an interest in or desire to support outdoor learning and agree to follow the IOL Code of Conduct.

Individual Member

For all those engage in continuing professional development and follow the IOL Code of Conduct. This includes all Professional Recognition categories: RPIOL/ APIOL/ LPIOL/ Fellow/ Associate Professional/ Professional Incl FREE Horizons quarterly. Full benefits.

  •  Annually £80.00
  •  Annual Direct Debit £70.00

Concessionary Member

For individuals in full time training or studying for a recognised qualification, apprenticeship, undergraduate or postgraduate, or award in Outdoor Learning over a period of 12 months or longer. RPIOL candidates and award holders in their first 2 years of membership. Full benefits.

  •  Annually £35.00
  •  Annual Direct Debit £30.00

Professional Recognition

Professional recognition benchmarks a level of education, responsibility and experience working in any area of outdoor learning. Attaining professional recognition will further demonstrate your commitment to professional practice and your own continued professional development. For information see: Professional Recognition


For providers, organisations and businesses that support the IOL vision and follow the IOL Code of Conduct.

Please note that some of these benefits have been amended this year. All organisation memberships include a capped*, reduced rate job posting fee of £100 per insertion (normally £200), free course/event listings on the website and inclusion on the Organisation Member Map on the website. Up to 5 team members from organisation members can attend IOL events at the member rate.

Organisation Member


Organisation Level 1

(1-5 Instructional Staff peak season) Includes 2 FREE Job Adverts (worth £400 per year) Full benefits

  •  Annually £195.00
  •  Annual Direct Debit £195.00

Organisation Level 2

(6-20 Instructional Staff peak season) Includes 4 FREE Job Adverts (worth £800 per year) Full benefits

  •  Annually £295.00
  •  Annual Direct Debit £295.00

Organisation Level 3

(21+ Instructional Staff peak season) Includes 7 FREE Job Adverts (worth £1,400 per year) Full benefits

  •  Annually £500.00
  •  Annual Direct Debit £500.00

Satellite Centre (part of a current Level 3 Organisational member)

Includes 1 FREE Job Advert (worth £200 per year) Full benefits

  •  Annually £100.00


*Organisational members can place supplemental job adverts for £100 each (non member rate is £200) when their free allocation has been used. This is capped at: Level 1 is 5, Level 2 is 10, Level 3 is 20, Satellite - no reduced fee.


Sector Specialist Groups

Get involved with our Special Interest Groups, seek and share good practice and develop connections with like-minded people across the breadth of the sector. All additional fees have been removed and these groups are now free to sign up to. Each group may have a membership criteria and we hope you will actively contribute to the community.

Adventure for All

Adventure for All

  •  Free to Join

Adventure & Environmental Awareness

Adventure & Environmental Awareness - The aim of the AEA Professional Discussion Group is: “to promote approaches to outdoor adventure, education and recreation which encourage awareness and understanding of and action for the environment, local and global”

  •  Free to Join



  •  Free to Join

Employers Group

Employers Group

  •  Request to Join

Environmental Stewardship

Environmental Stewardship

  •  Free to Join

Field Studies Group

Field Studies Group - Individual Members

  •  Free to Join

IOL Freelance Cooperative

Self-employed & microbusinesses providing both clients facing and B2B contract services in the outdoor sector are welcome to join the group.

  •  Free to Join

Higher & Further Education

Higher & Further Education

  •  Free to Join

Independent Outdoors

Independent Outdoors

  •  Free to Join

Teachers Professional Community

Teachers Professional Community - Individual Members
A group for teachers or teaching assistants working in schools who are responsible for Outdoor Learning in the school grounds, day visits or on residential trips.

  •  Free to Join

Therapeutic Outdoors

The group provides a space for people to come together, discuss and explore our shared interest and experience supporting mental health and wellbeing in the outdoors, working therapeutically outdoors and providing outdoor therapy.

  •  Free to Join


Extra Membership Options


Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning

The Journal is a peer reviewed journal based in the UK with an international review board.

  •  Annually £50.00
  •  Annual Direct Debit £50.00

Horizons Magazine - Additional Copies

Extra Horizons subscriptions (4 issues per year)
UK £30.00 per year (incl post) / R.O.W £30.00 per year + postage charges will apply.



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