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

Level 2 Outdoor Education Skills

Knots & Rope-work

Friday 19th July 2018 8.30 - 4.30pm

  • 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

Friday 5th July 2018 8.30 - 4.30pm

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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Friday 9th August 2018 8.30pm - 4.30pm

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

Friday 30th August 2018 8.30 - 4.30pm

  • 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

Friday 13th September 2018 8.30 - 4.30pm

  • 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

Friday 10th May 2018 8.30 -4.30pm

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

Friday 17th May 2018 8.30 - 4.30pm

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

Friday 26th April 2018 8.30 - 4.30pm

  • 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

Friday 7th June 2018 8.30 - 4.30pm

  • 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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Friday 28th June 2018 8.30 - 4.30pm

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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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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