Bushcraft Competency Certificate

An assessed award covering bushcraft skills and knowledge suitable for teachers or instructors to deliver progressive bushcraft learning experiences in their setting.

  • Covers eight core bushcraft subjects - edged tools - knives & saws, fire, bow drill, water, debris shelters & bedding, tree identification & uses, natural navigation, cordage.
  • Designed for the outdoor learning workforce including FE/HE students, apprentices, instructors, teachers, leaders, etc.
  • Suitable for a wide range of people working or volunteering in formal or non-formal settings such as early years, schools, colleges, outdoor centres, education centres, wildlife trusts, national parks, youth and voluntary organisations, etc.
  • Consists of a high quality training course, consolidated experience, assessment of bushcraft competence and certification by IOL Awards Centre.
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Training Courses

  • Open to all with an interest in bushcraft. Some experience in bushcraft is recommended.
  • 24 guided learning hours (GLH) over 3 days. Delivered by IOL Accredited Bushcraft Competency Course Providers.

Consolidation Period and Logbook

  • Assessment for the Bushcraft Competency Certificate requires a completed Bushcraft Competency Logbook demonstrating 120 quality hours of consolidated bushcraft experience.
  • Supporting evidence should include a mix of guided learning, self-learning, reflective practice, teaching, mentoring, etc.

IOL encourages candidates to submit a digital logbook of their required experience. Download in Word or PDF format and when completed, email to Fiona at IOL, no less than 10 days prior to your assessment, who will notify your Assessor. 


Is the Bushcraft Competency Certificate for you?

Achieving the Bushcraft Competency Certificate demonstrates you follow good practice and have a high level of safety and competency in eight bushcraft units.


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Statement of Good Practice in Bushcraft Competence

The IOL Bushcraft Specialist Sector Group (SSG) has a long-standing reputation for quality and innovation within the field of Bushcraft . They recognise the need for instructors, teachers and leaders to demonstrate that they have a basic level of safe and competent bushcraft skills and are following recommended good practice.

The Statement of Good Practice in Bushcraft Competence is designed to assist and support practitioners to learn and develop bushcraft skills, and to demonstrate their skills and competencies in bushcraft. It is a valuable guide for those involved in educating, training, and assessing the competence of instructors, teachers and leaders in bushcraft.




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