Four Month Instructor Training Course (Summer)

Are you looking for a career as an outdoor instructor? Actives four month Outdoor Instructor Training Courses in Scotland offer passionate outdoor people the opportunity to make a breakthrough towards a career as an outdoor instructor and guide. The course is based at the Cairngorms Adventure Centre, in the Cairngorms National Park.

This course is unique in offering NGB qualifications in Land, Rock, Water & Snowsports. No other course offers such a wide range of activities and qualifications to ensure you have year round employment prospects.

Our team of highly experienced and qualified instructors look forward to working with you. They will train and inspire you to become a competent all round coach and leader. 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.





4 Month Instructor Training Course

The aim of the 4-month course is to introduce you to a comprehensive range of adventure activities including: canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, white water rafting, hill walking and more. During the course we will help to develop your practical and coaching skills to a standard where you can gain a variety of National Governing Body (NGB) Awards.

We know how challenging and time-consuming it is for people to gain this much experience. Our courses remove the the barriers and give you an intensive 4 months of training, practice and assessment to transform you into a highly skilled and employable outdoor professional.

The course is aimed at people who have a keen interest in outdoor activities and enjoy sharing their experience with others or have some experience or entry level qualifications in one or more activities provided on the course. 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 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 this intensive outdoor instructor training course will present to you.

Read what our past candidates have to say about our courses!

Course Info

Actives’ Outdoor Instructor Training Courses are full time learning & development courses with 5 days per week spent training. 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.

Single Pitch Award – Training or Assessment
Outdoor First Aid Award
Summer Mountain Leader (ML) Training or Assessment
Scottish Rafting Association (SRA) Level 1 Guide Award or level 2
Snowlife Snow-sports Awards Levels 1 – 9 (Snowsports trip is an optional extra and comes at an additional cost)
British Canoe Union (BCU) Star test 1 – 4 & UKCC Level 1 or 2
British Canoe Union (BCU) Start test 1 – 4 & UKCC Level 1 or 2
British Cycling MTB Leadership Award Level 2 Training or Assessment
* Please contact us if you would like to chat about the qualifications and training received on our courses in more detail.

On top of all this, you will also receive in-house training for CanyoningGorge Scrambling and Duckies. These skills will directly transfer into other activities you will be training for, helping to broaden your overall skillset as an outdoor instructor.

Course Application

Applications are open for the 2018 course dates. An intense training course provided by qualified professional instructors.

4 Month  Cost
July 10th 2018 – November 8th 2018 £6,795

What is included in the course cost?

Expert Coaching / instruction 5 days per week- Full time Use of centre equipment
Self-catering accommodation Fees for formal training and assessment courses
On Course Transport to venues Opportunities to shadow our instructors on activities & expeditions
Discounted outdoor clothing and equipment package Career opportunities advice and signposting
Guaranteed interview for our Instructor Apprenticeship (IDP) scheme

Not Included in the course fee:

Membership fees for National Governing Bodies (NGBs) Flights & transfers on international trips
Snowsports lift pass in USA Insurance (personal and travel)


Where you will live!

Our Outdoor Instructor Training Courses are based at the Cairngorms Adventure Centre in the village of Newtonmorecenter-itc4. From here we have quick and easy access to Scotland’s most stunning mountains, rivers and lochs as well as the Cairngorm and Nevis Range ski areas.         The Cairngorms are the hub of adventure tourism in Scotland, supporting many outdoor industry jobs. This has to be the nest place in the British Isles to train and develop your outdoor skills!

The Cairngorms Adventure Centre is a busy residential centre, owned and operated by Active Outdoor Pursuits. Course members will have their own shared rooms within the centre, as well as their own lounge and kitchen within the staff accommodation. There is a dedicated drying room and plenty of storage space for all your equipment. You will get to know our staff some of whom live on-site, learning first hand each day from their experiences. Most of Actives instructors started out on this very course!

What Equipment to have?

Below is a list of equipment students should have for our outdoor instructor training courses.  It contains what we would describe as your “Tools of the Trade”, the essential kit for working as a professional in the outdoor industry. All of the equipment listed can be purchased direct from Active at discounted prices.

Items marked with an asterisk are recommended but optional, these can be purchased during the course. Many (but not all) of these are also available from the centre stores, but may not be of the same quality.

Optional Extra’s

If you enjoy our 4 month course, there is an opportunity to extend the fun and learning. We are pleased to offer candidates a space on our winter trip to North America with the 5-month ITC students.

For two weeks in December, you will jet out to the other side of the pond and spend two weeks learning how to ski or special-offer
snowboard. We base ourselves in Breckenridge, Colorado, deep in the Rocky Mountains. This is an ideal location to use with its high altitude (the town sits at roughly 9,600ft) and wide expanse of runs. During your stay here we will bring you step by step through the Snowlife Award levels, helping you to establish good technique as well as on piste awareness. Our aim is to not only develop your skills
through teaching, but also self-discovery. So only half of each day is lesson based, the rest you are free to explore the moun- tains. This helps promote a feeling of independence as well as making the most of your time on the slopes.

While training in Breckenridge, you will be staying at the Grand Timber Lodge. Ideally located at the foot of one of the main slopes, this accommodation is the perfect combination of convenience and comfort.

After a long day on the slopes, why not recline in one of the outdoor pools/hot tubs with a cool drink in hand, basking in the mountain views. Alternatively you can make use of the gym and pool tables available to guests.

ski-tour4Heading in to town for some shopping or a meal? There is a free shuttle bus provided by the lodge that will drop you o anywhere in town… and pick you up again at the end of the night.

In fact, the accommodation is so good, you may find yourself thinking you’ve found yourself on a luxury holiday rather than an instructor training course!

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