Start a career in Outdoor Education with Cornwall’s leading and longest running provider of adventurous activities.
The Outdoor Instructor Course with Porthpean Outdoor is aimed at anyone over the age of 18 who is looking to enter the Outdoor Ed sector at Instructor level. Our passionate and experienced team of trainers and assessors will guide you through the course in a fun and supportive environment, striving to ensure you achieve your goals and attain all the quals needed for a fantastic future in the world of outdoor activity instruction.
Learning over a period of 22 weeks (44 days, including assessments), you will build up skills, competence, understanding, and theory, allowing you to achieve a variety of personal awards leading up to internationally recognised National Governing Body instructor qualifications.
|Programme Name||Outdoor Instructor Course|
|Start Date||28/10/24 (provisional date)||End Date||11/04/25 (provisional date)|
|Location/s||Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre and Porthpean beach. Other local venues will also be used in order to provide the broadest learning and development experience.|
|Course Introduction||The Outdoor Instructor course will prepare and qualify candidates for work in the outdoor education industry. Providing all the tools and skills needed, across multiple disciplines, the course has been designed for those at entry level that wish to start a career in the outdoor education sector at instructor level. The course will provide you with a comprehensive range of personal awards, leading up to internationally recognised National Governing Body Instructor qualifications, which can be used to gain employment within the industry, both here and abroad.|
The Outdoor Instructor course with Porthpean Outdoor is suitable for anyone with some experience of the activities included. The main requirement is the desire to help others to participate in adventurous activities in a professional, safe, and structured environment.
|Course Director||Chris Riddell||Course Assessors||Andy Barclay|
|Guided Learning Hours||Most of the course will be instructor led.|
Assessment Process: Assessment days will be arranged during the course dates. Dates will be determined by a candidate’s progress and readiness for assessment.
Re-assessment policy: Re assessment will be the responsibility of the candidate.
Included resources: NGB Course materials, activity equipment and PPE.
If you miss a day, it is your responsibility to cover the training that you missed. This would be discussed with the trainer/assessor. You may be required to complete some personal development with other course members to stay up to date with the course progress.
Yes, a payment plan option can be offered to suit your circumstances. This will be arranged by Direct Debit.
All payments will be taken in advance to cover the cost of our training. Should payment fail, we must ask for an alternative means of payment within 48 hours. Failure to settle the agreed payment by this time will result in your participation in the course to be terminated with the loss of all monies paid. Our outstanding monies, in line with our cancellation policy, will be invoiced for accordingly.
All course fees must be paid before you have been assessed.
If successful on assessment you will receive the following awards:
All course members will be offered an interview for the upcoming season at Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre (with employment offered from mid-April to late-October).
Accommodation can be added on Sunday and Monday nights at a cost of £20 per person per night to include breakfast. The accommodation allocated will be your own timber pod. The timber pod will include bedding, including pillow and duvet, plus heating and power. Showers are provided neat to your accommodation.
No previous experience is needed, but it is beneficial. Qualifications are not guaranteed, and external assessors are used for most qualifications.
No, you don’t need your own equipment, but you may use your own if you wish to. PPE will be checked by us before it is used. If deemed unsafe/unsuitable to use, you will be offered our equipment.
We will accept up to 8 people for our 2023-24 course.
You can apply for the course at 18.
Although we would be very sorry to see you leave the course before completion, there will be a financial penalty for doing so.
Outdoor Instructor Course Cancellation Policy
Full terms and conditions must be agreed to at the time of booking.
Please give us a call in the first instance. Our course director, Chris Riddell, will happily answer any questions you may have and invite you to the centre for an informal chat and tour.
Once you are happy to proceed, will you invite in for a formal interview. Please understand that it is important for both parties that our course is the right fit for you.
All meetings and interviews can be held over Google Meet if preferable.
Once you are accepted on to our course, we will ask for a £500 deposit to secure your place. The deposit is returnable upon course completion. At this point we can also discuss a payment plan, if required.
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