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Fees for OCNWMR  Level 3  Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership (RQF)  & Assessments within Kent: £995 per person.

Full payment or purchase order required with booking form to secure your place. Payment by cheque/electronic transfer.

Out of area Forest School delivery assessments, incur a £75 fee, plus 50p per mile beyond a 70 mile radius of Canterbury.

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Forest School Training OCNWMR Level 3

Certificate in Forest School Programme  Leadership (RQF)

The Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership (RQF) is designed for teachers and other educational professionals who would like to set up and run their own Forest School. The training and assessment is over a ten month period and there are five units of study at level 3 (equivalent to A level standard):  

The nationally recognised RQF Units:

Throughout the training and personal study, you will be given opportunities so that you can:

Unit 1:  Delivery of a Forest School Programme (3 Credits)

  • This unit prepares you to deliver your own Forest School programmes - starting with a 6 session pilot programme during which you will receive a 1:1 assessment/support session on your chosen site.

Unit 2: Forest School Programmes and the Woodland Environment (3 Credits)

  • This unit looks at the woodland environment, woodland management, flora and fauna identification, sustainable woodlands as a learning resource.

Unit 3: Learning & Development at Forest School (6 Credits)

  • This unit explores recognised learning theories and their relevance to Forest School, holistic learning and development, emotional intelligence; the Forest School approach to learning; the role of the Forest School programme leader.

Unit 4:  Planning a Forest School Programme (3 credits)

  • This unit looks at the history of Forest School locally and in the UK; Forest School research; ecological impact of Forest School on the woodland; sustainable woodland management for Forest School; creating your Forest School Handbook with policies, procedures and risk benefit assessments; your Forest School communication strategy and planning for Forest School.

Unit 5:  Practical Skills for a Forest School Programme (3 credits)

  • This is a hands on practical unit working with traditional hand tools to make a range of woodland craft items; exploring Personal Protective Equipment; knots and lashings; tool maintenance, transportation and storage; erecting temporary shelters using tarpaulins and ropes; making natural debris shelters; camp fire lighting, management and safety; and cooking over the open fire.

Course Commitment:

The course consists of 18 credits and equates to min of 75 hours of formal taught time and requires on average a further 105 hours of self-study time from the student.  Please note - with the offer to camp over on the skills weekend; the additional workshop `Are you ready for assessment?` and the personal 1:1 workplace assessment, EarthCraftuk offer you more woodland contact time than the prescribed amount.  You also receive a FREE 16 hour outdoor first aid training programme with paediatric elements ensuring you are familiar with and prepared should an accident/incident arise when out in the woodlands.

The training format:

The course starts with five days of theoretical and practical skills which is all woodland based. Approximately 4 weeks later, there will be a woodland practical skills long weekend from 9.30am Friday to around 4.00pm on the Sunday, with the option of camping over on the Friday and/or Saturday night(s) which gives you extra time to practice any crafts and ask any questions! Campfire cooking is part of the weekend practical skills with everyone bringing their own food to prepare and cook. If you would like to take up the opportunity to camp on the Friday &/or Saturday on a self catering basis, you are more than welcome, please bring your own personal camping equipment, food supplies & all your personal cooking equipment for the weekend. Tea and coffee is always available free of charge.

Prior to the start of your personal pilot programme of 6 Forest School sessions, we will have a one day workshop making sure you have planned accordingly and have all of your documentation prepared and ready for your 6 Forest School session delivery - we will also be creating some more woodland crafts. Next is the delivery of your own 6 Forest School sessions with your group on your woodland site, during which you will be observed and assessed on one of your sessions towards the end of your pilot programme. Your portfolio must be completed for submission within 10 months of starting the course.


Assessment takes place during the training; workplace assessment and by submission of a comprehensive portfolio containing the completed assignments for the units as well as evidence of suitable Outdoor First Aid training (included free as part of your Level 3 training), plus evidence of enhanced DBS check.

Please note - to give you as much practical hands on woodland experience and knowledge as possible, all of our programme  is delivered outdoors  (unless really severe and dangerous conditions).  From experience we have found that trainees really benefit from this approach which is unusual amongst training providers and we feel gives you a true flavour of a Forest School with not a powerpoint in sight!

This really is a thorough and comprehensive nationally recognised training programme to give you the skills and knowledge to run your own Forest School.

Support After Qualifying

We want to support you after you have qualified and EarthCraftuk offer an annual free networking/skills share weekend campover, to all those who train and qualify through us. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet people from other groups - to network and skills share, building the Forest School community of Kent & Medway.


Entry Criteria:

This Level 3 Forest School Practitioners Award is a higher level course and as such applicants must be 21 years or over at the start of the course and show evidence of any ONE of the following:

  • An educational qualification at Level 2 or above eg PGCE, FETC, NNEB,  

  • A qualification at Level 2 in Woodland/Countryside (or similar) and two years' experience of working with a client group in an educational capacity

  • A portfolio of evidence and references equivalent to one of the above and be happy to be interviewed by the course Tutor.

All participants must also demonstrate that they have existing links with a client group and woodland site to run their 6 session Forest School pilot programme delivery, during the training programme.  Please note - this training programme does require a comprehensive portfolio to be compiled as part of the required assessment criteria.  For information, if you fulfil the above criteria, it is not a pre-requisite to have attended Levels 1 or 2 Forest School training.

For many other reasons to choose EarthCraftuk as your Forest School training provider - please click HERE

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