Five Month Outdoor Instructor Training Course

Outdoor Instructor Training Courses in Scotland

Are you considering a career as an outdoor instructor? Active Outdoor Pursuits Five Month Outdoor Instructor Training Courses in Scotland offer passionate outdoor people the opportunity to make a breakthrough towards a career as an instructor and/or guide. The course is based at the Cairngorms Adventure Centre, in the Cairngorms National Park and includes two international training trips; Spain & Colorado, USA.

This course is unique in offering the outdoor industry’s most sought after and prestigious NGB qualifications in land, rock, water and snow sports. No other course offers such a wide range of activities and qualifications, and gives solid 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 their game and be a credit to the outdoor industry.






5 Month Instructor Training Course

Actives’ 5-month (23 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, Snowsports 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 barriers and give you an intensive 5 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 16 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.

Training, Qualifications and Careers

Actives’ 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 31 qualifications or training courses.





British Canoeing Paddlesports Core Training BC Canoe Award Summer Mountain Leader (SML) Training or Assessment PSIA Ski Star Award Qualifications L3-L8
British Canoeing Coach Award Canoe British Canoeing Coach Award Kayak British Cycling MTN Bike Leader L2 Training or Assessment Winter Walking Navigation Training
BC Canoeing Progressive Canoe Award BC Canoeing Advanced Canoe Award Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI) Training or Assessment Winter Walking Skills Training
BC Kayak White Water Award BC Kayak Progressive White Water Award Campcraft & Expedition Training Ski Mountaineering; Intro to Ski Touring
BC Kayak Advanced White Water Award BC Sea Kayak Award Outdoor First Aid Certification
BC Coastal Sea Kayak Award BC Advanced Sea Kayak Award DofE Supervisor Training
BC Stand Up Paddle Board Sheltered Water Award Foundation Safety & Rescue John Muir Award
White Water Rafting (SRA) L1-L3 White Water Safety & Rescue Training
Canyon Leader Training Gorge Scramble Leader Training
Mega SUP Training Ducky Leader Training

This will provide you with a comprehensive set of skills to kick start your new career. Once you are accepted onto a course, you will be able to visit us and join in activity sessions.  This providing you with valuable pre-course experience and knowledge.

For further explanation of the course awards & qualifications please click here.


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Course Application

Applications are open for the 2019/20 course dates. We welcome all applicants to contact us to arrange a day to come visit our centre.  Speak with staff and join in on one of our activity days. Experience a day and see what life of an outdoor instructor is all about.

Course Dates


October 22nd 2019 – April 1st 2020 £7,495
October 20th 2020 – April 1st 2021 £7,495
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- Full time Personal Membership fees for National Governing Bodies (NGBs)
Self-catering accommodation Certification Fees (optional)
On Course Transport to venues Flights for International Trips
Discounted outdoor clothing and equipment package Transfers on International Trips
Guaranteed interview for our Instructor Apprenticeship (IDP) scheme Snowsports Lift Pass (optional course add on)
Fees for formal training and assessment courses Insurance (Personal & Travel)
Use of centre equipment Food
Career opportunities advice and signposting
Opportunities to shadow our instructors on activities & expeditions
Two weeks ski/snowboard training & luxury accommodation in Colorado, USA
Three weeks rock climbing & hill walking training & accommodation in Spain.
Take part in activity sessions from the moment you book your course.

Where’s Home!

center-itc4The Cairngorms Adventure Centre is your main base during the course. Owned and operated by Active Outdoor Pursuits the centre is a busy Residential Outdoor Centre for Schools & DofE groups, adventure holidays and expeditions as well as many other training courses throughout the year. Course members will have their own shared rooms within the centre as well as 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 should have the appropriate equipment and clothing.

Active offer discounted clothing and equipment packages 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


ski-tour4In December you will jet out across the pond spending two weeks learning and developing you ski or snowboard skills. We base ourselves in Breckenridge, Colorado, deep in the Rocky Mountains. This is the perfect ski centre to train at. Its high altitude (the town sits at 9,600ft) and has a huge expanse of runs. Your training will take you step by step through the UK Snowlife Awards, helping you to establish good technique, basic coaching skills as well as piste awareness.

Our aim is to not only develop your skills through teaching, but through self-discovery. Half of each day is lesson based, the rest you are free to explore the mountains. This helps promote a feeling of independence as well as making the most of your time on the slopes. While training in Breckenridge, we will stay at the 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 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 Rock climbing Instructor Award in March.

The region has fantastic mountain walking routes to help develop your navigation and hill walking skills in an international mountain environment.

“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, 2017

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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.