Outdoor Activity Instructor Standard

Our Apprenticeship

The new Outdoor Activity Instructor Standard was approved in September 2018. We were part of the trailblazer group that developed the new standard and since its approval we have successfully been delivering this standard across England. 

As an employer, it is important to fully understand the benefits that you can receive from having an Apprentice and what it involves. Our aim is to deliver high quality employer-focused Apprenticeships in the workplace. We do this by allocating you:

– A dedicated account manager
– Recruitment assistance
– A dedicated tutor for your apprentices
– 24/7 support
– Cost – effective employees
– Additional training and CPD
– Partnership links with SWATPRO
– Modern learning systems
– No off-site study centre (we come to you)
– A great training package

Training and Assessment 

 Apprenticeship training comprises on and off the job hours which are found within contracted time. The standard is well structured, independently assessed and clearly aligned to your employer’s needs.

There will be an End Point Assessment which includes:

  • Practical Test of planning and observation
  • Professional Discussion 
  • Portfolio of Evidence

    We will work with you and your Apprentice to get them to ‘Gateway’ and ready for the End Point Assessments.

Information Pack


Please do contact us to request one of our free information packs or alternatively simply give us a ring and we can answer any questions you have regarding Apprentices, the Standard or any other queries.

Our information pack includes:
– Apprenticeship Factsheet
– Employer Information
– Example Training Package
– Full details of the Outdoor Activity Instructor Standard
– Our Frequently Asked Questions

Apprenticeships provide a fantastic opportunity for aspiring instructors to gain hands-on experience in outdoor activities. This experience, combined with the national qualifications offered form a strong foundation for future employment opportunities and progression into senior roles.
James West

Operations Manager, Boundless Outdoors Malvern

“The Mount Batten Centre Charity Trust believe passionately in the apprenticeship pathway – immersing young people in the centre environment produces qualified instructors who have rounded soft and hard skills and an incredibly broad base of experience of dealing with a wide variety of customers. This is opposed to our experiences with young people who are on full-time college based courses who do not have the experience at being at the “coal-face”, they may possess NGB qualifications but they don’t have the experience of session delivery and working with customers that apprentices do”
Sam Waites

Watersports and Activities Manager, Mount Batten Centre Charity Trust

Our Partners

Boundless Outdoors - Malvern Centre

Our team of experienced instructors are here to challenge and inspire you and your group to step outside of your comfort zone and test yourself.  We develop our courses to include adrenalin filled activities like high ropes courses and zip wires. Our outdoor activities provide plenty of opportunities for our visitors to get wet and muddy, whilst encouraging everyone to grow and develop both personal and social skills.

CRS Adventures

CRS Adventures is a family run outdoor activities centre run by the Sell family that has an established reputation as the place to go for all your adventurous activity needs. We specialise in a variety of traditional ‘outdoor activities‘ as well as specialist programmes for individuals, families, schools, youth groups and corporate events and offer tailor made packages for both on and off site activities. 

Mount Batten Watersports & Activities Centre

The Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre in Plymouth is one of the foremost Outdoor Education centres in the South West – the Centre has a reputation for excellence, professionalism and operates to the highest standards. They are open all year round* and welcome families, friends, individuals, businesses and schools to participate in many water and land based activities.

Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre

Woodmill is the only place in the UK that boasts four different types of water.  With a placid water lake, flowing River Itchen, tidal estuary and some thrill ride white water at low tide for kayaking & canoeing. This makes it a fantastic location for paddle sport, with all abilities and adventures suited perfectly. If canoeing and kayaking are not you’re thing, there’s plenty more that you can get involved in on dry land. Such as,  Archery, Climbing, Leap of Faith and Fencing!


Lee Valley (Vibrant Partnership)

You’ll find gallons of fun at Lee Valley White Water Centre, from white water rafting on the Olympic course to family paddling on our lake. Choose from a range of activities or sit back and watch the action at The Terrace Bar & Café; you’re guaranteed an unforgettable day out at this London 2012 venue.


Ferny Croft Scout Activity Centre

Ferny Crofts is a 31 acre Scout Activity Centre in the heart of the New Forest National Park. With a stunning location, Ferny Crofts boasts a whole host of outdoor activities, camping for 500 people, and a variety of indoor accommodation. 


BF Adventures

BF Adventure is an Educational Charity based at the stunning Goodygrane Activity Centre in Cornwall. We run a range of supportive programmes for young people, as well as being the perfect spot for school groups, family days out, holiday activities, childcare and corporate team building.


Blackwell Adventure Outdoor Activity Centre

An outdoor activity and residential centre in the heart of the midlands. Blackwell Adventure is an outdoor activity centre, owned by Birmingham County Scouts. Providing activities and residential experiences to young people from a wide range of backgrounds.


Scout Adventures

Scout Adventures is owned and run by the Scouts. For over 100 years, they have delivered opportunities and activities to millions of young people. When you allow a young person to take a risk in a safe environment, they learn and grow. Ask a young person what they want out of their experience and chances are, they’ll talk about fun and friends. And this has a powerful effect on their learning. Happier children learn more, achieve more and do more. That’s why we promote a happy, caring environment at all our centres. Time around the campfire, bonding over lunch and relaxing in the freedom of the outdoors is vital to having fun. 


Longtown Outdoor Learning

Longtown is all about challenging outdoor adventure activities in and around the Brecon Beacons National Park, with a warm and comfortable base in ​an old coaching​ inn.​ Our multi-activity outdoor education courses aim to promote resilience, self-confidence, consideration for others, caring for the environment and the benefits of an active outdoor lifestyle. This comes from enjoying the successes achieved through personal endeavour and working together, in wild and beautiful landscapes.


Hesley Wood Activity Centre

Delivering Everyday Adventure. We believe that through adventure, young people learn, teamwork, trust, problem solving and many more skills. Hesley Wood offers a fantastic location to learn by doing in a safe, secure environment. With on site activities, which will challenge young people to try new things, develop confidence and above all have FUN!


Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Fifteen Acres of Adventure in the Heart of Leicester. Adventurous outdoor activity experiences designed to stimulate, educate and motivate young people and others at affordable prices in a challenging and safe environment. 


Frylands Wood outdoor Centre

Frylands Wood focuses on outdoor adventure, managed in a way which encourages and enables as many young people as possible to enjoy and experience the benefits of the natural environment. This includes Scouts, Guides, Uniformed Organisations, Schools, Churches and other Youth Groups. We also offer children’s birthday parties or corporate away-days.


Woodlands Adventure

Woodlands Adventure offers both residential and non-residential outdoor activities for school trips, youth and uniform groups, colleges and universities and sports/social clubs – Woodlands Adventure activity centre is the place to be! Have fun, make friends, get fit, learn – enjoy the great outdoors.