Five Month Outdoor Instructor Training Course

Would you like to have the best job in the World?

Active Outdoor Pursuits 5 Month Outdoor Instructor Training Course (based in Scotland) offers outdoor people the opportunity to become a professional instructor, coach or guide. The course is based at our  Adventure Centre in the Cairngorms National Park and includes two international training trips to Spain & the American Rockies.

The course is unique in offering the outdoor industry’s most sought after and prestigious NGB qualifications in land, rock, water and snow sports. We guarantee that no other course in the UK offers such a wide range of activities and qualifications that will be recognised worldwide and assure you of year round employment prospects. On top of this, we offer all students a position on our 15 month Instructor Development Programme. Giving you 17 months of training that take your qualifications and skills to even higher levels.

Our team of highly experienced and qualified instructors look forward to working with you. They will train and inspire you to be a talented all round instructor. It’s our goal at Active to train top level instructors who will be a credit to our industry and will boast of having the best job in the world.

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5 Month Outdoor Instructor Training Courses

Actives’ 5-month (22 week) Outdoor Instructor Training Course introduces you to a comprehensive range of adventure activities. Canoeing, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, White Water Rafting, Hill Walking, Canyoning, SUP, Snowsports and more… During the course we will help to develop your technical and coaching skills to a standard where you’ll gain a wide range of National Governing Body (NGB) Qualifications.

We know how challenging and time-consuming it is for people to gain this much experience. Our courses breakdown the barriers and give you an intensive 5 months of training, practice and assessment to transform you into a highly skilled and employable outdoor professional.

If you want to be the best, you have to train with the best, get the most and the best qualifications and train in the best possible locations. There are no other courses that compare. We are so confident of this, that if you can find another UK based course who deliver so many outcomes with such good career prospects for less, we will match the price.

Is It Right For Me?

The course is aimed at people who are passionate about outdoor activities and enjoy sharing their experience with others. You must be at least 17 years old to take part however, there is no upper age limit. This may be your first training course since leaving school or college or may be a radical change in your career or lifestyle. Either way, this course will have a significant impact on your life, opening new doors and creating new opportunities to work as a professional outdoor instructor. The most important thing is that you are highly motivated, reasonably fit and prepared for the challenges.

Take a look at the video below to see for yourself!

Training, Qualifications and Careers

Active’s Adventure Outdoor Instructor Training Courses are full time learning & development courses with at least 5 days training provided each week. You will also have opportunities to shadow and assist our instructors on additional activity sessions. During the course you will train in up to 15 activities and gain up to 30 qualifications or training courses.


        • British Canoeing paddlesports Level 2 Core Coach training
        • British Canoeing paddlesports Level 2 Sheltered Water Training or assessment.
        • FSRT (Foundation safety and rescue training).
        • BC Canoe Award standard.
        • Scottish Raft guide level 1-3 depending on outcome on the course.
        • BC White Water Award standard.
        • White Water Safety and Rescue training – part of the raft guide course.
        • British canoeing stand up paddleboard module.
        • Mega stand up paddleboard training.
        • BC Sea Kayak Award standard.
        • Canyoning training.
        • Gorge scrambling training.
        • Duckie leader training.


      • Summer Mountain leader training or assessment.
      • Rock climbing Instructor training or assessment.
      • British Cycling Mountain Bike bike Leader Level 2 training or assessment.
      • Mountain Scrambling


      • PSIA Ski Performance Awards Levels 4-9 depending on outcome.
      • Winter skills training & navigation.
      • Intro to Ski touring.


      • Outdoor First aid certification.
      • John Muir training.
      • DofE supervisor training.

      This form will offer you further explanation of the awards and qualifications. the course will give you to kick start your career. Once you’re booked onto a course, you can join in activity sessions, giving you valuable experience and knowledge prior to the course beginning.

      Read what past candidates have to say about our courses!

      Course Application

      Applications are open for the 2019/20 courses. We welcome potential candidates to contact us for an informal chat through the course details. If you wish, you can visit us at the Cairngorms Adventure Centre. This will give you the opportunity to meet instructors who have completed previous training courses. During your visit you are welcome to stay over and accompany our team on activities. This experience will give you a detailed insight to Active and what life as an outdoor instructor is all about.

      Course Dates


      October 29th 2019 – March 29th 2020 £7,690
      October 27th 2020 – March 28th 2021 £7,995
      Five Month Instructor Training Course (Autumn/Winter)


      What is included in the course cost?

      What is not included in the course cost?

      Expert Coaching / instruction 5 days per week Personal Membership fees for National Governing Bodies (NGBs)
      Self-catering accommodation Certification Fees (some optional)
      On Course Transport to venues Flights & transfers on International Trips
      Discounted outdoor clothing and equipment package Insurance (Personal & Travel)
      A position on our Instructor Development Programme Snowsports Lift Pass 
      Fees for formal training and assessment courses
      Use of centre equipment
      Career opportunities advice and signposting
      Opportunities on days off to shadow our instructors on activities & expeditions
      Two weeks ski/snowboard training Breckenridge, Colorado, USA
      Three weeks rock climbing, scrambling & hill walking training & accommodation in Spain.
      Take part on activity sessions from the moment you book your course.

      Where’s Home!

      outdoor instructor accommodationThe Cairngorms Adventure Centre in Newtonmore is home during the course. Owned and operated by Active Outdoor Pursuits the centre is a busy Residential Outdoor Centre open all year. The Centre provides activities to Schools & DofE as well as Adventure holidays and expeditions and many other Adventure Training Courses. We are Adamant that this stunning location in Scotland makes it the best situated place for any Outdoor Instructor Training Course in the United Kingdom.

      Students will have shared rooms within the centre as well as dedicated lounge and kitchen within the staff apartment.  A washing and 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. Each of Active’s instructors and managers began their career as ITC students. You can talk to them for a first hand account of their experience and how it has helped them establish their careers in the outdoor industry.

      outdoor instructor kitWhat Equipment do I need?

      On any Outdoor Instructor Training Course, you should have the appropriate equipment and clothing – this is especially important in Scotland with it’s variable weather.

      Active offer trade deals on clothing and equipment to its ITC students through our wide range of suppliers.  More information on equipment and kit is accessible through downloading the course brochure.

      Overseas Training Trips


      outdoor instructor trainingIn December we jet across the Atlantic to spend two weeks developing your ski or snowboard skills. We are based in Breckenridge, Colorado in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. This is the perfect ski centre to train. Its a high altitude resort with the town sitting at 9,600 feet. The mountain has a huge number of runs suitable foe all abilities. Your training will take you step by step through the American (PSIA) Performance Awards, helping to establish good technique, basic coaching skills as well as piste and mountain awareness.

      Our aim is not only develop your skills through teaching, but through self-discovery. Half of each day is lesson based, the rest of the time you are free to explore the mountain. This helps promote confidence and a feeling of independence, making the most of your time on the snow. While training in Breckenridge, we will stay at Grand Timber Lodge. Located at the foot Peak 8 one of the main slopes, the luxury Lodge is the perfect combination of convenience and comfort.


      In January you will fly to Spain’s Alta Marina region for three weeks rock climbing training.  With a multitude of crags within easy reach of our base, this is the perfect place to train to be a rock climbing instructor.

      The main focus will be on developing your lead climbing skills as well as personal and group set ups and preparation for your RCI Rock climbing Instructor Award in March.

      The region has fantastic mountain walking routes to help develop your navigation and hill walking skills in a spectacular mountain environment. One or two days will be spent walking and scrambling.

      “I absolutely loved my ITC course.  I’ve had the opportunity to try so many new activities & absolutely fallen in love with them.  It’s given me the chance to get full time employment in the outdoor industry and fuelled my passion for the outdoors!”  Beth Smith, 2018

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      Take a look at Actives other instructor training courses; 4 Month Training Course & 6 Month Training Course.

    • Click here to view frequently asked questions from previous candidates on the course.

Click on the below links to find out more about any individual Outdoor Activity Instructor Training Courses or Qualifications that Active Outdoor Pursuits run in Scotland: