6 Month Outdoor Instructor Training Course

Our 6-month (26 week) outdoor instructor training course offers the most comprehensive range of adventure activity training. This full time 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 their 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 adventurous activities 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 start your new career.  The training programme is over an average of 5 days per week 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 main 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, discounted clothing and equipment is available direct from ourselves.

Course Application & Payment Information

Applications are open for the 2019/2020 courses.

6 Month (26 week course) Cost
October 22nd 2019 – April 20th 2020 £9,995

What is included in the course cost?

Full time 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 post will help you diversify and develop your ITC qualifications to higher levels. 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 Skiing Star Tests  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 culmination of your ITC course is a 2 week ski training camp based at The Hotel Rosengarten in Neustift, Austria. We will be skiing in the Stubai Alps, mainly on the Stubai Glacier. The aim will be to prepare and assess you for you Professional Ski Instructor of America (PSIA) Level 1 Coach Award. PSIA are the largest Association of Ski Instructors in the world. Being a member of the PSIA ensures you are receiving first class technical and coaching support from a large and highly experienced organisation.         

The aim of the first week will be to fine tune your personal skiing performance and develop your understanding of the physics, psychology and mechanics of the sport. This will be delivered by experienced PSIA coaches . Week two focuses on developing your technical ski performance and your coaching skills and knowledge in preparation for your final exam. The final few days will be your PSIA level 1 written and technical exams. The PSIA Level One Award is equivalent to the BASI Level 2. The qualification is recognised globally and allows you 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 RCI 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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