Bushcraft Competency Diploma

An assessed award suitable for teachers or instructors to demonstrate a breadth of bushcraft knowledge and skills and deliver learning experiences in any setting.

  • Covers 14 compulsory units and 2 from 4 optional units.
  • Suitable for Bushcraft professionals working independently in their own business or 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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  • Learners must hold an IOL Bushcraft Competency Certificate prior to attending a Bushcraft Competency Diploma training course.

Training Course

  • 40 guided learning hours (GLH) over 5 days.
  • Delivered by IOL Accredited Bushcraft Competency Course Providers.
  • Bushcraft Competency Diploma training courses include good practice when sharing bushcraft techniques with others – teaching tips and advice, site safety, sustainable practices, etc. Core teaching and instructions skills are not covered or assessed.

Consolidation Period and Logbook

  • Assessment for the Bushcraft Competency Diploma (BCD) requires a completed Bushcraft Competency Logbook demonstrating a further 120 quality hours of consolidated bushcraft experience since completing your Bushcraft Competency Certificate.
  • Supporting evidence should include a mix of guided learning, self-learning, reflective practice, instructing/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 IOL, no less than 10 days prior to your assessment, who will notify your Assessor. 


Assessment Course

  • 16 guided learning hours (GLH) over 2 days. Award assessment courses are arranged by IOL with Bushcraft PPG Approved Bushcraft Assessors.
  • Skilled and knowledgeable bushcraft practitioners can go straight to assessment with a completed logbook of experience.


Is the Bushcraft Competency Diploma for you? 

If you have already achieved the Bushcraft Competency Certificate (BCC), the Bushcraft Competency Diploma demonstrates a commitment to excellence in Bushcraft over 14 compulsory units and 2 from 4 optional 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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