IOL Bushcraft Competency Certificate Training Course


Would you like to gain a Nationally accredited certificate in Bushcraft?

If your answer is 'yes', then this course is for you!
This course is fully accredited by the IOL.


Who is this course for?

Bushcraft enthusiasts, outdoor instructors, scouts leaders, teachers and anyone who want to demonstrate that they have a basic level of safe and competent Bushcraft skills, and are following recommended good practice. The training course is recommended for people who want to progress to the IOL Bushcraft Competency Certificate assessment.

Join us for 3 days of high quality Bushcraft training!

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Why Attend?

This 3-day training course is practical and relevant for instructors, leaders and teachers working in all areas of; outdoor learning, education, personal or professional development, outdoor therapy, expeditions, etc.
This course includes the following elements:
* Safe shelter construction.
* Safe use of tools and knife law.
* Establishing and maintaining fires by; bow drill, fire-steel, flint and steel and other methods.
* Leaving no trace.
* Water sourcing, filtering and purification.
* Tree ID & uses.
* Natural navigation.
* Cordage making from natural materials.



​This training course is only delivered by IOL Organisational Members who have gone through a comprehensive IOL Accredited Course quality assurance process, and have approval from the IOL Bushcraft PPG to deliver it. You can be assured of the highest standards when you attend our training, delivered to you by highly experienced and highly qualified instructors.

This course is for adults, over the age of 18. If you are unable to pay online for any reason, or wish to pay in instalments, then please call or email us to arrange an alternative way to book your place.


Upcoming Courses

  • IOL Bushcraft Competency Certificate - 4th to 6th Aug 2021
    04 Aug 2021, 09:00 – 06 Aug 2021, 16:00
    Kincraig, Alvie Estate, Kincraig, Kingussie PH21 1NE, UK
    3 Days of high quality Bushcraft training. Fully accredited by the Institute for Outdoor Learning.


Useful Documents Available for Download

IOL Bushcraft Competency Certificate Training Course Document.

Statement of Good Practice which includes course syllabus.

Kit List

A list of the equipment you will need if you choose to attend.

Course Itinerary

A day-to-day list of the activities which will happen during the course.


Sam attended a 3 day IOL Bushcraft Competency Certificate Training Course, with Andy Lewis. Watch the video to see what he thought of the quality of instruction, value for money and if he'd recommend Andy's training courses to others.

Sam Gardiner

Jenny, a specialist SEN outdoor activites instructor, came to Andy Lewis for the IOL Bushcraft Competency Certificate Training. Watch the video and see what she thought of her 3 days of training.


Alice has been a qualified and practicing Forest School leader for 18 years. She decided she needed to upskill and choose the 3 day IOL Bushcraft Competency Certificate Training Course. Watch her video review and she what she thought of Andy's instruction.

Alice Kuchemann


Whats the difference

Between the IOL Bushcraft Competency Certificate (BCC) and the IOL Woodland Skills Leader Certificate (WSL)?

The BCC develops a persons personal skillset, allowing them to gain the confidence & techniques they require to instruct.

The WSL develops a persons instructional ability so that they possess; appropriate activity operating procedures, risk management strategies, group management strategies, and session planning skills.

A 'good' or competent instructor should have a sound personal skillset AND robust instructional ability. If you're aiming to be a good instructor it's not a matter of BCC or WSL, you should ideally do the BCC & then the WSL. This will ensure you are fully able to teach Bushcraft activities safely and effectively.