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March 20, 2025 @ 9:30 am - March 21, 2025 @ 4:30 pm

£20 – £235
bushcraft competency award - accredited course

Accredited Training in Bushcraft Skills

This accredited training course is designed for instructors, leaders and teachers who want to demonstrate that they follow good practice and have a high level of safety and competency in a range of bushcraft skills.

This 2 day course is designed for the outdoor learning workforce including FE/HE students, apprentices, instructors and teachers. It is suitable for a wide range of people working or volunteering in formal or non-formal settings such as early years, schools, colleges, outdoor centres, education centres, wildlife trusts, national parks, youth and voluntary organisations. Wherever you are on your journey into bushcraft we aim to bring your confidence and skillset forward to the next level.

This 2 day course is open to all with an interest in passing bushcraft skills and knowledge on to others. The course covers 5 key bushcraft skill units; edged tools – knives & saws, fire, water, tarp shelters & knots and campfire cooking.

Our weekend long course is all set against the backdrop of mixed woodlands, wetlands and open meadows of Park In The Past, with 120 acres of wild space to explore. Students are encouraged to camp over in the woods, with the option of staying over on both the Friday and Saturday, or just Saturday night.

This course covers five essential bushcraft skillsets…

  • Pitching Tarp Shelters, Knots & Lashings: siting your shelter, hazards, wild camping law, pitching tarps, considering weather, essential knots & lashings, organising your cordage.
  • Campfire Cooking: practical methods including dutch oven, reflector oven, billy cans, direct ember cookery, using pot hangers, campcraft, baking on your fire, understanding the fire.
  • Safe Use of Edged Tools & Knife Law: knife hazards & safety, cutting techniques, feathering/shaving, battoning, safe use of saws, UK knife law.
  • Establishing Fires & Leaving No Trace: prep & use of natural and man-made tinders, different ignition methods, building your fire, boiling water on your fire, extinguishing & dismantling your fire, leaving no trace, fire safety & first aid.
  • Water Sourcing, Filtering & Purification: sources of water, using a ground well, indicators of water, purifying & filtering water safely, improvised & commercial filters.

For a full run down of the content of this accredited course, please visit this page. You can also get in touch if you have any questions.

Event details

Date: Thurs 20th – Fri 21st March 2025

Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Venue: Park in the Past

Cost: £235

IOL bushcraft competency award training in wales

Your Tutor: James Kendall

James is the Head Bushcraft Instructor at Woodland Classroom, having worked in outdoor education & conservation for over 10 years. James’ approach to teaching steers students toward fostering a deeper connection with nature through understanding the landscape around us; “Bushcraft skills are an effective way to do this as we learn how to make use of natural materials and live lightly with the land, whilst also connecting with our own ancient past by seeing the land through the eyes of our ancestors.”

In 2017 James received the Bushcraft Competency Certificate awarded through the Institute for Outdoor Learning after 2 years of teaching experience and practical study. He is also a member of the IOL Bushcraft Professional Practise Group. The group aims to promote best practice in the growing industry of bushcraft activity providers.

james kendall - bushcraft skills tutor

Skills you will learn

Over the course of the programme you will learn a range of skills, including…




Tarp Shelters


Sharp Tools: Knife & Saw


Water Purification


Campfire Cooking


Knotwork & Lashings


Tree & Plant identification


Dutch Oven

Book now

This course costs £235 per person and is open to adult learners aged 16 years and over. Included in your ticket is the option to sleep out in the woods on both Friday and/or Saturday nights. Or you can bring your own tent, hammock or tarp system to setup under the trees here. Hammocks (with covering tarps) are available to hire from us at an additional £20 for the weekend. Please note that if you want to take your accredited training on to assessment at a later date then there is an additional charge of £120 per person. However, this is not a requirement of taking this course. You can find more information about the IOL Bushcraft Competency Award and Assessment here. You can read our Event Terms & Conditions here.


March 20, 2025 @ 9:30 am
March 21, 2025 @ 4:30 pm
£20 – £235
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Park in the Past
Fagl Lane, Hope
Wrexham, Flintshire LL12 9HB United Kingdom


Woodland Classroom
07876 794098


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1 Adult: IOL Bushcraft Competency Award 20-21/03/25
Admits 1 adult (aged 16 years +) to IOL Bushcraft Competency Award training course on Thurs 20th & Fri 21st March 2024 at Park in the Past. 9.30am - 4.30pm.
£ 235.00
6 available
1 Adult: Camping - Hire of Hammock & Tarp Kit
Hire of 1 hammock (with bug net) and tarp system for 1 adult for camping out on Friday and/or Saturday night.
£ 20.00
6 available
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