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An Outdoor Activity Instructor supervises and guides children and adults in activities and pastimes such as canoeing, sailing, climbing, surfing, cycling, hillwalking, archery, bushcraft, rock pooling, geology, plant identification, habitat or wildlife walks at an introductory level.


They will be supervised while working in a limited range of venues and weather conditions following tightly defined operating procedures.

They actively respect the environment, show a positive attitude and are employed in outdoor adventure or education centres, nature reserves or national parks. Typical job titles may include Multi-Activity Leader, Environmental Education Tutor, Activity Instructor, Ranger, National Park Guide.

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Workshops hosted at Mount Cook

Adventure Centre

At Mitre, we strive to ensure our apprenticeship programmes are the very best and when it comes to the Outdoor Activity Instructor apprenticeship, we needed the very best venue to host our programme. 

We're partners with Mount Cook Adventure Centre, a stunning residential facility in the beautiful Peak District and host our apprenticeship workshops at the centre. It's unique facilities, friendly staff and stunning setting make it the perfect place for perfecting skills in a wide range of outdoor adventure activities!

About This Programme

The main responsibility of an Outdoor Activity Instructor is to run a safe and enjoyable activity session. They will:

  • Prepare for the session – gather information about the participants and resources for the activity.

  • Deliver the session – brief participants, maintain safety, provide on-going instruction and encouragement.

  • Meet session outcome – support participants to achieve set outcome (such as new skills / knowledge, thrill seeking, personal or team challenge).

  • Close the session – hand-over participants, return resources and equipment, log any issues.

Outdoor Activity Instructors may undertake their apprenticeship with an employer who specialises in a particular client group (individuals or groups, specific age range, mental and physical ability) or range of activities offered. They exercise autonomy and judgement to complete tasks and procedures and call on close back-up for problems and incidents that may occur.

On Achievement

On completion of the programme, the apprentice will achieve the Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship, professionally recognised by IOL (Institute for Outdoor Learning). 

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will have their own entry requirements, these will typically be existing knowledge and skills relating to the activities they are leading on as training for these are not included in the apprenticeship. It is about training the apprentice to deliver Outdoor Activity sessions, and the specific knowledge and technical aspects required to enable that. Due to the nature of the work within the sector, employers will usually require employees to be 18 years of age or above.

Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level and take the test prior to the end point assessment. Mitre Group will provide additional support for candidates requiring assistance with English and Maths.

For more information on this apprenticeship, please contact our team at

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