Outdoor Instructor Course


Outdoor Instructor Course, Ballyhass Mallow

  • Course Length 16 Weeks

  • Suitable Ages 18 yrs +

  • Days 4 per week

  • Accommodation Available

  • Location Ballyhass Mallow

  • Next Start Date Nov 2023

  • Funding Available

Outdoor Instructor Training Course - 18 Weeks

The Outdoor Training Academy is proud to announce that in association with Skillnet Duhallow and MTU Kerry, we are providing an 18-week outdoor instructor course with a wide range of skills and qualifications enabling successful candidates a pathway to their career in the outdoors. 

Based out of Ballyhass Adventure Group Mallow, this course focuses on center-based outdoor activities giving you the abilities, knowledge, and passion for instructing outdoor activities. Throughout the course, you will be registered as a student of MTU Tralee with an aligning student card. You will also get a chance to engage with IRD Duhallow, Ballyhass Coachford, Galtee Mountain Ranges, MTU Tralee, experienced training providers, and lots more.

Following this 18-week course, inclusive hands-on training, classroom learning, work placement, and assessment, you can leave as a qualified outdoor activity instructor ready to tackle any Outdoor Center of your choice.

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Join Eoghan and David from the Outdoor Training Academy.ie as they unravel the intricacies of our 18-week Outdoor Instructor Course. If you've ever wondered whether this course is for you, or are curious about what it offers, this video provides all the answers.

  • 10 different qualifications
  • Subsidised accommodation available 
  • 18 weeks including work placement and assessments
  • €2500 - Full funding is available*
  • Deadline for applications is 31th October 2023
  • Internationally recognised awards
  • Increases your career prospects
  • 16 spaces available

ERCA High Ropes & Adventure Park Instructor
RLSS Open Water Lifeguard
WSA Sit On Top Safety & Rescue
WSA Sit On Top Instructor
WSA SUP Safety & Rescue
WSA SUP Instructor
Nets Course Instructor
Mountain Skills 1&2 (Training)
First Aid Responder
Manual Handling
HACCP Level 1
Child Safeguarding

Munster Technological University (MTU) - Kerry is a higher education third level college, part of the Munster Technological University (MTU). MTU Kerry is a involved in provision of thrid level education, training and development across a diverse range of faculties of state. MTU Tralee also progressively networks and maintanes links with other training, education and professions within associated sectors 

The Outdoor Training Academy has partnered with MTU - Kerry for the 2023/2024 academic year to bring two Level 7 Minor awards to the students on our Adventure Centre Instructor course. Students will partake in these modules as part of the 18 week course. 

Level 7 Minor Awards

Adapted Adventure Education - PHAC71002
The module aims to prepare students to deliver adventurous Outdoor Learning activities for specific populations with special needs or disabilities promoting the development of individual potential, full inclusion, enjoyment and success. (See module descriptor here)


Principles and Practices of Youth and Community Work  - SOCL71004
The aim of this module is to introduce the student to the historical origins, philosophy and development of community and youth practice in Ireland and internationally with the intention that they will be in a better position to reflect on their own practice. Students will be presented with an outline of the different approaches underpinning youth and community work in Ireland and abroad with a view to helping them reflect on their current practice and consider how these perspective can be incorporated into future practice.


Further Education - BA in Outdoor Learning 

Following on from this course, successful learners who wish to further their education, career and can forsee college being an appropriate and oppertunity fulfilled path may find interest in what MTU Kerry can offer. Learners, having completed and passing NFQ modules delivered on the Outdoor Training course will have 20 credits towards the course if seeking a place. Information on the Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Learning can be found by clicking the course title. 

Participants of the Outdoor Instructor Course are invited to stay in holiday cottages onsite for the duration of the course at a subsidised rate of €35 per week.
All rooms are twin and course participants will roomshare with another participant of the same gender and similar age.

Our Mission is to get everyone active Outdoors by providing Accessibility, Affordability and Education as a first step to creating your amazing outdoor future!

We aim to broaden and strengthen your instructor skillset. 

To provide an alternative to traditional hands-off training.

Upon Successful completion of this course, Instructors will be able to demonstrate the following:

 PO Knowledge: 

Instructors will be able to demonstrate knowledge of Theory, Practical, and Methods relating to areas of outdoor activities, group leading and learning facilitation with customers. With further awards, instructors will be able to demonstrate practical and technical knowledge with bodies such as ERCA, EMTS, RLSS, WSA, and Mountaineering Ireland.

 PO Skill:

Instructors will be able to demonstrate competence with skills and practices related to different aspects of outdoor activities.  Instructors will be also equipped to analyze groups, sessions, and situations in the moment and select the appropriate methods for the best results. Progressive and Industry skills and technical abilities can be gained through bodies such as ERCA, RLSS, WSA, and EMTS

PO Competence:

Demonstrate problem-solving skills for the group leading in a creative, accountable, and professional manner with safety and risk assessing in mind. Instructors will be equipped to work independently or as a member of a team in delivering, instructing, and co-ordinating group sessions in outdoor activities. Instructors should display qualities such as self-directed, confidence, accountability, and engage a learning-to-learn approach with the aim of broadening and upskilling in the outdoor adventure industry


This course at full price is €2500pp 
There is up to 100% funding available through Skillnet Duhallow 

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