OCN Forest School Training

Argyll Forest School Training at Rowan Ecology & Education Support offers three levels of training depending on your prior experience, time, resources, and whether you want to understand, assist or lead a Forest School programme.  Forest School training is available to those working with children, young people and adults.

Open College Network (OCN) Forest School Training is a formal recognised training route for those wishing to set up or support a Forest School. All courses include an element of taught course time, self-study and assessment. The different levels of FS training within the OCN accreditation framework are:

Introduction to Forest School OCN Level 1: This course comprises one unit - Introduction to learning and development at Forest School, providing the learner with a basic understanding of the Forest School ethos. It is for people wanting to support an existing Forest School or gain confidence and skills in working outdoors with groups within their own setting (3 contact days, 30 hours taught / self-study time total).

Assistant Forest School Practitioner OCN Level 2: This award is for those who wish to assist a Forest School Leader on a regular basis. This course comprises two units - Skills for the Forest School assistant and Supporting learning and development at Forest School.  It involves submitting a portfolio of evidence based on a mix of theory and practice. This qualification takes at least 3 months to complete on a part-time basis (5 contact days, 62 hours taught / self-study time total).

Forest School Practitioners Award OCN Level 3: This qualification is for experienced education practitioners who wish to deliver a Forest School programme and is the minimum recognised level of training for Forest School leaders.   It involves submitting a portfolio of evidence based on a mix of theory and practice. The  course is made up of three units: Learning and development at Forest School; Establishment and delivery of a Forest School programme and Forest School practical skills and woodland management.  Learners are expected to identify a suitable site for Forest School and deliver a minimum of six sessions with their chosen client group. The Forest School Practitioners award takes a minimum of 6-9 months to complete on a part-time basis. Trainees will also require a first aid certificate preferably with an outdoor element. If required this can be arranged for you.  (8 contact days, 182 hours taught / self-study time total).