6 Month Outdoor Instructor Training Course

Our flagship 6-month (26 week) outdoor instructor training course offers the most comprehensive range of adventure activity training. This course will give you year round employment with qualifications in Snow, Water and Mountainsports. Activities included are; Canoeing, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, White Water Rafting, Hill Walking, Canyoning, Skiing and more… During the course we will train and develop your practical and coaching skills to a standard where you can gain a variety of National Governing Body (NGB) Awards.  Our team of highly experienced and qualified instructors look forward to working with you and developing your skills and knowledge as coaches & leaders.  It’s our goal at Active to train and develop instructors who will be “Top of the game” and a credit to the outdoor industry.

Who Can Apply?

Pre requisites for the course are to be highly motivated, reasonably fit and prepared for the challenges presented by adventures in various outdoor environments.  The course is aimed at people who have a keen interest in outdoor activities with some experience or entry level qualifications.   The minimum age for application is 17 years, if you are younger we ask you to contact us directly to discuss prior to applying. This course will have a significant and positive impact on your life, opening new doors and creating new opportunities to work as a professional outdoor instructor.

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Training & Qualifications

During the course you will train in the following activities. This will provide you with a comprehensive set of skills to kick off your new career.  The programme fits to 5 days a week training with two days off.  On days off we encourage you to get out to practice & develop your skills.

Further information on the above qualifications you will be training in is available here.

Where’s Home!

center-itc4The Cairngorms Adventure Centre is the base for our training courses.  Owned and operated by Active Outdoor Pursuits the centre is a busy residential base for schools, groups and training courses throughout the year. Course members will have their own shared rooms within the centre, as well as their own lounge and kitchen within the staff accommodation.  A drying room is available and a large storage area for all outdoor equipment.  You will get to know our instructional team some of whom live on-site, learning first hand each day from their experiences. Every one of Active’s instructors and managers started out as ITC students. You can talk to any of them for a first hand account of their experience and how it has helped them establish their careers in the outdoor industry.

What Equipment do I need?

As a trainee outdoor professional you are required to have the appropriate equipment and clothing suited to the environment you are training and working in. For the course a subsided equipment package is available direct from ourselves.

Course Application & Payment Information

Applications are open for the 2018/19 courses. 100% funding is available for the course via a personal career development loan.  More details on this can be found here.

6 Month (26 week course) Cost
October 23rd – April 17th 2019 £10,995
100% Funding Available PCDL number: 20197

What is included in the course cost?

Expert Coaching / instruction averaging 5 days per week Use of centre equipment.
Accommodation; self catered in Breckenridge & Scotland. 2 weeks full board in Austria 6 weeks ski training
On Course Transport to venues Three weeks Rock climbing & Hill Walking training & accommodation in Spain
Fees for formal training and assessment courses Opportunities to shadow our instructors on activities & expeditions
Guaranteed interview for our Instructor Apprenticeship (IDP) scheme. This 15 month scheme will take your ITC qualifications to the next level. Advice; Our senior staff are always at hand to meet with you to discuss career opportunities, personal progress as well as general advice and signposting.
Discounted outdoor clothing and technical equipment. This includes; skis, canoes, kayaks etc.. Consolidate your ITC course experience by shadowing our instructors for 3 months. You will also gain lots of valuable NGB log book entries.

Not Included in the course fee:

Membership & certification fees for National Governing Bodies (NGBs) approx £250 Flights & transfers for 3 international trips. Approx £950
Snowsports lift passes for USA & Austria & Scotland            Approx £900 Insurance (personal & travel)                Approx £200

Overseas Training Camps

Rocky Mountains USA

In December we base ourselves in Breckenridge, Colorado for three weeks of ski coaching & skills development. This is the perfect environment to train with its high altitude of 9,600ft and huge expanse of runs. The training will take you through the PSIA Snowsports Awards levels 1-9.

Our aim is to not only to develop your skills through structured teaching but also through monitored self-discovery sessions. Lesson structure allows for this with half day lesson based with the rest free to explore the mountains.

Accommodation at Grand Timber Lodge at foot of Peak 8 of the Breckenridge resort is included  .

Austria- Stubai Alps

The final stage of the course is a 2 week training camp based at The Hotel Rosengarten in Neustift, Austria.  We will be skiing in the Stubai Alps. Week one consists of further training from PSIA coaches.  The focus is on technical performance and developing coaching skills and knowledge. The final days include your PSIA level 1 exams. This Award is equivalent to BASI Level 2. It is recognised globally to teach beginner & developing adult & child skiers.


In January you will fly to Spain’s Costa Blanca region for three weeks.  With a multitude of crags within easy reach of our base, this is the perfect place to train, learn and develop you as a climber.  The main focus will be on developing your lead climbing skills as well as personal and group set ups and preparation for your SPA award in March.

The region has fantastic mountain routes of which two days of our time will be focused on developing your navigation and hill walking skills in a new and challenging international mountain environment.


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