Accreditation with the Institute of Outdoor Learning


Recognising and encouraging good practice in Outdoor Learning

The Learning and Discovery Team are pleased to be working with the Institute for Outdoor Learning to provide training for outdoor professionals. IOL Accreditation is designed for everyone who provides outdoor learning including instructors, youth workers, teachers, lecturers, teaching assistants, development trainers, therapists, facilitators, centre managers, and advisors.

For practitioners accreditation provides:

* Formal designation and credibility as an Outdoor Learning professional
* Continuing professional development (CPD) that enhances your practice
* Recognition of how you uniquely combine and apply your range of experience, skills, knowledge, qualifications and awards

Core training, experience and reflective practice guided by a personal mentor or coach underpins IOL accreditation. Since 2005 more than 830 people have achieved accreditation with IOL. The awards are open to employees, freelancers or volunteers who provide outdoor learning.

RPIOL with the Peak District National Park

We are an approved RPIOL centre. This means we can conduct our own briefing meetings, mentoring and sign off the observed sessions of candidates. A final assessment interview will be arranged with an external facilitator.


Registered Practioner of the Institute of Outdoor Learning (RPIOL) is a way for people with a passion and enthusiasm for outdoor learning, to develop their delivery skills and have these recognised.

What is RPIOL?

Registered Practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (RPIOL) is an IOL accreditation award that recognises how people use their skills, knowledge and experience to provide outdoor learning for individuals and groups.
RPIOL requires applicants to have consolidated experience working with others.  It does not 'retest' specialist skills; it recognises competence in delivering outdoor learning.
Typically, a Registered Practitioner has been involved in delivering Outdoor Learning sessions for 1-2 years or more, in either a paid or voluntary role.  For example, instructor, tutor, teacher, youth worker etc.

For more details

Contact :

Visit the IOL website:  Registered Practitioner of IOL (RPIOL)

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