Outdoor Education & CPD Courses

We’ve designed two IOL accredited courses featuring five modules, which draw knowledge from our staff in their specialist areas. The courses benefit people delivering outdoor education, or who want to explore particular aspects of forest school and outdoor learning.

Why train with the Outdoors Group?

  • You complete your course in our beautiful woodland, with on site assessment at the time of training. 
  • We are a friendly team of experienced woodsmen versed in outdoor-learning, bushcraft and forest school delivery. 
  • We offer two bespoke qualifications, each with the option of completing over one full week or across the year.
  • You have the option to pick the individual module(s) that apply to you as part of your CPD or specific interest area.
  • Both courses are fully accredited by the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL).

You can train over five consecutive days, or spread the course across the year as individual modules.

Each module has been designed by The Outdoors Group team, and placed with other modules that we feel complement each other.

To achieve the Level 2 award, you must complete each module within one of the qualifications. However we do offer stand alone modules for those who have a specific interest area. 

All our outdoors education and CPD courses will take place at our Exmouth Forest School site

Level 2 Outdoor Education Skills: £500
Level 2 Outdoor Learning Skills: £500
Pay as you go module: £125 per module


If you are currently completing your level 2 / 3 forest school leader training with us or you sign up in 2019 then you are eligible for one CPD module completely free worth £125. The module must be completed in 2019. Email training@outdoorsgroup.co.uk to book. 

Level 2 Outdoor Education Skills

Knots & Rope-work

27th March 2020

  • Differences between knots, hitches, bends and lashings.
  • Practical use of key knots and their properties.
  • Setting up a project with knots (shelter, wash stand, tree house, zip line etc).
  • Demonstration of teaching knots to someone else.
  • Demonstration of tying knots and knowing them by name.
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Campfire Cooking

17th April 2020

Campfire cooking

  • Introduction to fire lighting.
  • Fire safety.
  • Types of cooking fire and equipment.
  • Cooking over an open fire.
  • Food hygiene, cleaning and washing up.
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27th September 2019

Team building exercise

  • Team building principles.
  • Using teambuilding to create and assess learning.
  • Developing teambuilding games for different purposes/environments.
  • Delivering a teambuilding game to a group.
  • Principles of reflection, reflecting on own development through teambuilding engagement.
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Tool Maintenance

11th October 2019

  • Tools used for maintenance and group work in bushcraft and Forest School.
  • Basic sharpening methods.
  • Basic storage.
  • Ongoing tool safety checks.
  • Systems for tool safety checks and procedures.
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Tool Use for Groups

19th June 2020

  • Basic tool use for groups in forest school/bush craft.
  • Safe methods of use.
  • How to judge size and weight to ability.
  • Visual dynamic RA for tool use, group size and positioning.
  • Demonstration of safety talk for a tool.
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Level 2 Outdoor Learning Skills

Fire & Fire by Friction

5th June 2020

Friction by fire

  • Principles of fire lighting.
  • Types of fire and their differences.
  • Tinder and wood selection.
  • Use of modern convenience-techniques of fire lighting.
  • Demonstration of fire safety talk.
  • Teaching of fire-lighting to other learners.
  • Advanced friction-fire lighting techniques and selection of material.
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Spoon Carving

17th July 2020

Wooden carved spoon

  • History and the resurgence of spoon carving and greenwood work..
  • Wood properties and appropriate selection.
  • Essential tools and tool maintenance.
  • Spoon design and function, from eating spoon to ladle and spatula.  
  • Basic carving techniques.
  • Making a functional wooden spoon or utensil
  • Demonstration of safety talk for using tools.
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Camp craft

8th May 2020

  • Setting up a camp area.
  • Skills, tools, equipment and necessities.
  • Setting up a fire-pit.
  • Establishing a tarpaulin shelter, wood selection and storage.
  • Outdoor hygiene and toilets.
  • Demonstration of safety talk for tools.
  • Risk assessment of site.
  • Teaching someone else essential knots and hitches.
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Tree and Plant ID

22nd May 2020

  • How and where to look for useful plants
  • How to make use of plants
  • Safe practice and avoidance of poisonous/dangerous plants and fungi
  • Harvesting and using stinging nettles for cord and consumption.
  • Finding and using plants for fire-lighting and demonstrating how to do so.
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3rd July 2020

Rope around logs

  • Relevance of pioneering and its use and benefits within a group.
  • The difference between knots/hitches/lashing and their application.
  • Demonstration and teaching lashing to someone else.
  • Using pioneering techniques to build structures.
  • Risk assessment and group management.
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Who will benefit from CPD and outdoors education courses?

 Forest-school & Outdoor Learning providersMainstream TeachersYouth Social & SEND workers Hobbyist and specific interest area

Outdoor Education Skills
Knots & rope-workxx
Campfire cooking xxx
Team building xxx
Tool maintenance xx
Tool-use for groupsxxx
Outdoor Learning Skills
Fire & fire-by-friction xx
Spoon carvingxx
Tree & plant I.D. xxx
Pioneering xxxx
These courses and modules are suitable for all, there are some that may lend themselves to those with more specific desired outcomes. Here is a chart with examples of who might benefit from, or gain more value from each specific module.

Book onto our accredited courses

Book 5 modules to achieve a Level 2 award accredited by the Institute for Outdoor Learning, or sign up for individual modules.

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