Outdoors Qualifications

Lowland Leader Training

We're running the Lowland Leader Training, Assessments and Expedition Module from the Mountain Training Association in Scotland.

The Lowland Leader Award has been designed for people who want to lead groups on day walks in lowland countryside and woodland in summer conditions. The majority of the UK and Ireland comprises of this terrain, so it's a great opportunity.

The only prerequisites are:

  • You must be at least 17 years old.
  • You should have an interest in leading groups in lowland countryside.

If the above applies to you, here's what to do next:

Create an account on the Mountain Training Association website's Candidate Management System, or log in if you already have one.

Register for the Lowland Leader Scheme (this costs £39.00).

The next step would be to book onto one of our Lowland Leader training courses, however you must make sure that you're already registered, and you MUST have recorded a minimum of 10 varied walks in Lowland terrain where the use of a map is required (ideally these will be recorded on DLOG). These 10 walks may have taken place at any point pre- or post-registration.

Lowland Leader training lasts for 2 days and will be run by our Outdoors team. For more information on Mountain Training Scotland and the Lowland Leader Award, visit the Mountain Training Association website.

Training & Assessment days
Training (£125)

Our training courses start at 1830 on the Friday evening and both Saturday and Sunday will be 0900 – 1800:

  • 21st, 22nd, 23rd – April
  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th - June
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd - September
  • 13th, 14th, 15th - October
Assessment (£135)

Our assessment courses are 0900 – 1800 both days:

  • 29th & 30th - April
  • 16th & 17th - September
  • 28th & 29th - October
Expedition skills module (£125)

Our expedition modules are 0900 - midnight on Day 1 and finish at 1200 on Day 2:

  • 6th & 7th - May
  • 30th & 1st - Sept/Oct

Hill & Moorland Leader Award

The Hill and Moorland Leader award is designed for people who want to lead groups in the hill and moorland areas of the UK and Ireland. This award is a wonderful opportunity to learn the leadership skills required to feel confident about taking people out walking. As you may have guessed from the descriptive title of this award, it focuses on non-mountainous terrain.

In a previous life this award was called the Walking Group Leader, and we think the new name better describes the award and makes more sense. This way, everyone knows where they (can) stand. The 'overnight experience' element of the WGL has been removed and we've created a separate Expedition Skills Module which can be 'bolted on' to the Hill and Moorland Leader (or indeed the Lowland Leader) if you want to increase the scope of your award to include multi-day expeditions.

More information about the award please visit the Mountain Training Association website.

Candidates must register direct with Mountain Training prior to training (Fee is £44).

Training & Assessment days
Training (£195)

Friday 0900 - 1800, Saturday 0900 - 2130, Sunday 0900 - 1800:

  • 21st, 22nd, 23rd October
Assessment (£225)

Friday 0900 - 1800, Saturday 0900 - 2130, Sunday 0900 - 1800:

  • 10th, 11th, 12th November

Other Qualifications

We'll soon be offering Outdoors Qualifications in Paddlesports, Mountainsports and Cyclesports. Keep an eye on our Outdoors webpages for more information in the near future.

Contact us

Outdoor Activities
Victoria Buildings Annex
Queen Street
Falkirk
FK2 7AF

01324 506846

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Last updated: 27 April 2017 at 10:08