Forest School Leader (Level 3) Course

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Join us at Alma Forest School to become an internationally recognised Forest School Leader through an accredited organization.

Alma Forest School will deliver this training in conjunction with Cambium Sustainable. Cambium has been working in outdoor education training for over 20 years and is one of the first Forest School training organisations established in the UK. Cambium Sustainable is an approved qualifications centre for Agored Cymru and accredited training provider delivering IOL and Forest School Associaton recognised courses in Forest School Training.

Course Summary

This Forest School Leader training is designed for those who would like to set up and run a Forest School programme or for those who wish to complement their already-existing teaching qualifications and bring the outdoor experience to the classroom. There are five Units of Study at Level 3:

  • Supporting Learning, Play and Development in Natural Environments
  • Deliver Forest School
  • Observation and Evaluation of Forest School
  • Sustainable Use and Management of Natural Resources
  • Teach Outdoor Practical Skills

On this course you will:

  • Attend training days which consist of both theory and practical tasks
  • Complete a portfolio of work within 9 months
  • Run a Forest School Programme in your chosen setting
  • Have a work-based assessment (costs for transport and accommodation for the assessor will be borne by the applicant)

In addition to the course dates, the lead tutor is available during the course for tutorial help by telephone or email.

Course Dates

The course will require that attendees complete the material both in-person and through the completion of an online portfolio. To begin, the course will be delivered over 8 days of in-depth training to be conducted in person in our forest school setting. These will be delivered over to two groups of 5 days and 3 days, from 9am to 4pm (attendance at both sessions is obligatory):

Monday, 18 March 2024 to Friday, 22 March 2024


Monday, 25 March 2024 to Wednesday, 27 March 2024.

Applicants will be required to complete their portfolio for assessment within 9 months from commencement date.

Entry Qualifications

  • Established link with a proposed client group and a potential Forest School Site
  • 18 years or over at the start of the course
  • The course will be delivered in English


As part of the course completion, you will be required to undertake an Outdoor First Aid Qualification.


Cost €950


Alma Forest School is unable to assist with accommodation however, below is a list of areas in the area where you may find something suitable:

  • Sotogrande
  • Alcaidesa
  • Pueblo Nuevo de Guadiaro
  • Torreguadiaro
  • Manilva
  • Sabinillas

If you are interested in joining this course, please contact us at or on WhatsApp +34 646 596 155


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