Outdoor Activities » Outdoor Education Training

In this section:

  1. Educational Visit Coordinator (EVC) Training
  2. Visit Leader Training (VLT)
  3. Overseas Visit Leader Training
  4. EVOLVE
  5. Walking and Camping Accreditation
  6. Climbing Wall Accreditation
  7. Snowsport Supervisor Training
  8. Outdoor Education Grants
  9. Training Calendar
  10. Online Course Feedback Form

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1. Educational Visit Coordinator (EVC) Training

Establishment staff in the Highland Council and High Life Highland are involved in a wide variety of off campus excursions. Each establishment should contain a member / members of staff trained and competent to fulfil the role of EVC.

The Scottish guidance ‘Going Out There’ states the following;

‘Employers have a clear duty to provide appropriate information, instruction and training to all their employees. Employers will monitor the effectiveness of their management and delivery of outdoor experiences and off-site visits. This should be a blend of systems monitoring and on the ground monitoring.

The objective of the EVC training is to upskill and empower staff in order to develop and maintain the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of all off-site excursions.

EVC training course details can be found here.

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2. Visit Leader Training (VLT)

Staff will always accompany excursions whether using a provider or using a specific venue / host.  All staff, whether employees or volunteers, fulfil a role and have legal responsibilities within the excursion.  The objective of the training is to provide competence and confidence to all staff involved with off campus excursions in order to encourage and increase safe and effective off-site excursions.

The course, which lasts 3 1/2 hours will cover topics including excursion planning and preparation, contingencies, managing the activities and managing incidents.

VLT course details can be found here.


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3. Overseas Visit Leader Training 

Establishment staff in the Highland Council area are involved in a variety of overseas visits.  Such visits offer a greater number of challenges than a UK based excursion.  There is a need to ensure the competency and confidence of staff supervising such activities.

This bespoke training course will be delivered as requested by establishments and widely advertised.  Individuals may have significant personal travel experience but skills may not necessarily transfer to an educational excursion.

The objective of the training is to upskill and empower staff in order to develop and maintain the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of all overseas excursions.

The training will consider the responsibilities of the supervising staff in order to provide staff with competence and confidence when involved in supervising activities abroad.  All Highland overseas excursions are expected to operate within the standards detailed in BSI 8848.

Overseas Visit Leader Training Details can be found here.


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4. EVOLVE

EVOLVE is a web based system that Highland Council and High Life Highland staff use to plan and record educational excursions. Every establishment has access to EVOLVE.

Staff that take young people on educational excursions have an account within EVOLVE (usernames and password are issued by their establishment) so they can access relevant guidance and supporting information in order to plan and record the proposed excursion. Every recorded excursion must be approved by the head of the establishment e.g. the Head Teacher in a School. Additional approval from the Local Authority is required for adventurous activity excursions, trips overseas and pupil exchange trips.

Training on EVOLVE is delivered by establishments, coordinated by the EVC.

For EVOLVE administrative questions contact:  [email protected]


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5. Walking and Camping Accreditation

The Walking and Camping Accreditation course is a THC / HLH in-house training course.  It allows individuals that do not hold an NGB but have some experience of walking and camping to work with young people from THC / HLH.   Successful accreditation allows an individual to operate as a leader of wild country walking and camping groups in less demanding areas in Highland and with DofE groups up to Silver Award level.  To complete the accreditation an individual must attend a 2 ½ day training course and pass a 2 day assessment course.

Course details can be found here.


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6. Snowsport Supervisor Training

The Snowsport Supervisor training programme is a local accreditation course overseen and monitored within Highland by the HLH Outdoor Education Officers.  The course aims to provide staff with the skills, knowledge and confidence to supervising snowsport excursions.  The outcomes of the course are as follows:

  • Develop knowledge of excursion planning and arrangements
  • Develop understanding of guidance and policy concerning snowsport excursions.
  • Develop strategies in managing snowsport excursions

Course details can be found here.


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7. Climbing Wall Accreditation

The scheme is for Highland Council and High Life Highland employees and registered volunteers who do not hold a National Governing Body award (NGB), and wish to take others bouldering and bottom roped climbing on walls owned and managed by High Life Highland. It is primarily concerned with ensuring good practice, leading to the safe enjoyment of climbing activities, and should lead to an understanding of the sport. It covers the supervision and management of activities such as bouldering, the teaching of basic movement skills and bottom roped climbing. It excludes the teaching of lead climbing.

Course details can be found here.


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8. Outdoor Education Grants

High Life Highland Outdoor Education grants are available to support High Life Highland and the Highland Council staff and volunteers undertake Outdoor Education training and assessment courses.  The grant aims to support one of High Life Highland’s Outdoor Education objectives of ‘creating capacity’ in establishments.  Where possible training will be collective and coordinated by High Life Highland.  Where this is not possible grants will support and encourage staff and volunteers to attend training and assessment courses.  To make an application please refer to the Terms and Conditions below and submit a Grant Application Form  to:  [email protected]  (at least two weeks prior to a course).

HLH Outdoor Education Grant 1718 Terms & Conditions
HLH Outdoor Education Grant Application 1718


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9. Click here for calendar of all forthcoming events