BCC (Bushcraft Competency Certificate) is a fully accredited three day bushcraft & survival skills competency course.
Steadily becoming a sought after certification for those wishing to deliver bushcraft from outdoor centres and schools. The BCC is a good starting point for any wishing to develop or consolidate their wilderness skills providing coaching in all the practical skills needed for confidence in the wilderness.
Cost.. £335 (£295 discounted for IOL/PPG members) (Working places and discounts at our discretion. please enquire)
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PLEASE REPORT ANY CHALLENGES IN BOOKING YOUR ASSESSMENTS VIA THE IOL WEBSITE
Forest of Dean Venue: 13th – 15th March 2020. & 2nd – 4th October 2020
Jubilee Wood (SK15): 24th – 26th July 2020. & 2nd – 4th October 2020
Please note that due to demand we will be delivering the IOL training programme throughout the season from March till November in addition to these published dates, so please contact us with your ideal dates and preferred venue. Either three consecutive days or three Saturdays.
More to follow and additional course dates on application
Assessments. There will be no Forest of Dean assessments in 2020 but Biblins Bushcraft will be heading up an assessment at Spring Wood Derbyshire on the 24th June. And indeed other assessment dates will be published by the IOL soon.
B.C.C. Course Contents
Existing experience and a desire to deliver bushcraft to others are not prerequisites for attending the course, but it is the focus of the course. This is not a taster but a real learning experience. Be prepared to work.
The courses is three days in duration with 24 hours of tutor contact time at a ratio of no greater than 1:4 with regular 1:1 coaching.
Training covers understanding of and competency in the following IOL Accredited units, see website for details:
1: Edged tools: Law; knife and saw types and uses; safety
2: Fire: tinder and ignition sources; fire types and maintenance/ management; fuel; safety
3: Bowdrill: timber combinations and components; tinder bundle; coaching
4: Safe Water: sources and indicators; filtration and purification methods including improvisation
5: Shelter: need for; siting; construction
6: Tree Identification: 10+basics; bushcraft uses including food source
7: Natural Navigation: sun/shadow; other
8: Cordage: identify fibre source; process to two ply cord plait and adding material.
9: Log Book. Guidance in achieving the required hours for BCC.
The course will take place in a wilderness setting though it is less than two miles to a Spar shop for forgotten provisions. You will be approximately half a mile from your car. Pick-up from Monmouth or Ross-on–Wye can be provided.
Accommodation. Please bring tent, tarp, camp bed, hammock, or any preferred sleeping/camping materials, or sleep in your own bush shelter made on the first day. At least bring sleeping bag, mat and some kind of groundsheet.
Clothing. You will need warm and waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear, but be aware that expensive clothing may be damaged by fire or other activities, and of course it is not a fashion parade.
Hygiene. There is nothing other than carried in tap water (plenty to spare) and little more than a hole in the ground for your daily ablutions (hand wash and a bowl of water is as elaborate as it gets) so please be prepared for wilderness living. We can make more familiar facilities available to you but they are some distance away.
Catering. Part catered is available on request. Hot drinks and biscuits are always in plenty and use encouraged. You will need to supply your own food and a packed lunch on the first day so that we can work through.
The course syllabus has taken some time to develop and agree between very respected IOL contributors, and recognised industry names, the likes of Dave Watson of woodlandsurvivalcrafts; John Ryder of woodcraftschool; and Jason Ingamels and Kevan Palmer of woodlandways. With input from others like, Johnny Crocket and lesser folk like myself.
Progression to assessment is not obligatory or necessary, many attendees have no desire to progress to assessment, but the course is designed to be ideal preparation for assessment for the IOL accredited Bushcraft Competency Certificate.
Details will be supplied on request or via the IOL website.