Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership

To quote the NOCN “This qualification offers knowledge and skills needed to work as a Forest School Leader”. Without it, you shouldn’t be running Forest School programmes.


Our next Level 3 Forest School training course will take place in mid 2019 at Rosliston Forestry Centre near Swadlincote in Derbyshire. This location is easy to reach from the A38, being accessible to many places in Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Leicestershire. We will publish dates as soon as we have finalised them.

We run our course over one day per week for nine weeks, which gives participants time to reflect on learning and be able to discuss any issues on a weekly basis. We mix the theoretical learning in with practical skills, so keeping it interesting and also allowing skills and knowledge to develop over time, which helps to build confidence.

You’ll learn how to use hand tools such as knives and saws, as well as how to teach these skills to others. As Forest School is usually set in a woodland, understanding them is very important, so we cover how to look after these areas and the plants that live there. Understanding how we learn is a key part of Forest School as this then ensures that participants can be supported in the most appropriate way.

Risk is also important and we look at this in detail to develop skills in risk management and judging appropriate risks for different groups.

After this training, you will also need to complete a 16 hour outdoor and paediatric first aid course, which we arrange and include within our service.

Much of the assessment is carried out during the course, with you also completing a written portfolio which is submitted after the training.

Part of the programme involves delivering a Forest School programme, so access to a group of children or young people is essential. We work with many schools and nurseries, so if you don’t have access to a group, we may be able to help you find one, although most people who undertake Forest School training tend to work in schools, colleges or a youth service.

We charge £895 (no VAT) which includes all tuiton, certification and the first aid course.

If you still aren’t sure, here is some of the feedback from the learners from one of our previous courses:

“Day broken up well with practical and then listening to information”

“I loved the course”

“Loved every moment! Sad that it’s come to an end!”

“Very good, interesting. Enjoyed using tools and practical activities”

“I will miss my Tuesdays in the woods”

“Very confident in presenting and engaging everyone”


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