OCN accredited training in England, Scotland & Wales 
Tel: 07787 930030 
Choosing which Level of Training 
 
Level 1 Introduction to Forest School – If Forest School is a new concept to you, then the level 1 training course is a good starting point. This is a 2-day training course. (3 credits) 
 
Level 2 Forest School Assistant Training - This level of training is if you want to assist at Forest School. Students will need to assist on 3 sessions of Forest School run by a qualified level 3 FS Leader and write up their observations to gain the qualification. This is a good training level to choose if you want to gain some experience at Forest School first, before embarking on the full level 3 FS Leader course. Once you have gained this level 2 qualification you can choose to top-up to level 3. This is a 4-day training course (6 credits). 
 
Level 2/3 Top Up Training - Students who have already been certificated with the OCN level 2 qualification can top up to level 3. This level of training is only available on the Modular Format. Students will need to submit their level 2 coursework and copy of certiicate to book on. Some of the level 2 coursework will count towards the level 3 qualification. This is a 6-day training course, including 2 assessments. (18 credits). 
 
Level 3 Leader Training – This is the nationally recognised level of training required if you want to lead at Forest School . There are two assessments (Practical Skills Assessment and Delivery Assessment) to be completed and students will have to run a 6-week Forest School Programme with a group of children in an outdoor setting, preferably woodlands. Students on this level of training will need to ensure they have a 2-day ITC Outdoor First Aid course or a Paediatric First Aid qualification before they start their 6-week FS Programme. This is a 9-day training course, including 2 assessments. (18 credits). 
 
More information, including course dates and costs, can be found by following the links beside the relevant course here. 
 
Accreditation 
All of our Forest School training courses are accredited through the Open College Network (OCN).  
 
Entry Criteria 
Level 1 candidates must:  
Be over 16 years of age;  
Have access to a Forest School Programme run by a level 3 qualified Forest Leader. 
 
Level 2 FS Assistant candidates must: 
Be 18yrs or over; 
Hold a current enhanced CRB / Disclosure Scotland certificate;  
Have experience of working with children or young people;  
Assist in 3 sessions of a Forest School Programme run by a level 3 qualified Forest School Leader. 
 
Level 2/3 Top Up FS Leader candidates must: 
be aged 21 years or over; 
be a qualified teacher, play-worker, youth-worker or support worker (to level 2 or equivalent) OR compile a portfolio of at least 2 years experience of working with their chosen client group in a leadership capacity; 
hold a current enhanced CRB / Disclosure Scotland certificate; 
hold a current and valid First Aid certificate (minimum 2-day Outdoor First Aid or 2-day Paediatric First Aid); 
have access to a group with whom they will run a 6-week Forest School Programme. 
 
Level 3 FS Leader candidates must: 
be aged 21 years or over; 
be a qualified teacher, play-worker, youth-worker or support worker (to level 2 or equivalent) OR compile a portfolio of at least 2 years experience of working with their chosen client group in a leadership capacity; 
hold a current enhanced CRB / Disclosure Scotland certificate; 
hold a current and valid First Aid certificate (minimum 2-day Outdoor First Aid or 2-day Paediatric First Aid); 
have access to a group with whom they will run an introductory 6-week Forest School Programme. 
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