View Full Version : How to be a bushcraft instructor

31-10-2005, 09:41
I am really interested in finding out how i can be a fulltime bushcraft instructor.Does anyone know of ways of going about this?Are there any apprenticeships as such as a trainee assistant instructor?

31-10-2005, 10:19
I think Ray Mears/Woodlore does an apprenticeship of somekind. Might be worth contacting them.

Sure some other people know of some other routes.

Adrian M
31-10-2005, 11:58
There is an instructors course in Bushcraft offered by John Rhyder at Woodcraft School www.woodcraft-school.co.uk and Plumpton College.. It's NCFE acredited and looks really good, if you can get on it !!




31-10-2005, 12:16
I think Ray Mears/Woodlore does an apprenticeship of somekind. Might be worth contacting them.

Sure some other people know of some other routes.

woodlore does not run any apprenticeship program I am aware of, not in a comercial course sense.

you could apply for a job as an assistant instructor with woodlore and as such be a sort apprentice with the possibility (if good enough) of one date becoming a full time instructor, but thats a very long shot and there are undoubtably a huge mumber of people applying every day or waiting on file.

karamat runs a survival instructor trainee program with Mors Kochanski see:


problem is of course its in Canada!

31-10-2005, 12:27
The best method to become an instructor is to develop a wide range of skills and experiences. Get outdoors and practise your skills. Then go on a number of courses from different companies and learn how they deliver their programmes.

That way you can see what works and develop your own teaching style. there is always more than one way to skin a cat. once you have a good skills base talk to schools and offer your services. I know i'm always happy to have another pair of hands and so are most of the others.

The scouts, woodcraft folk and local youth groups are always looking for leaders as well.
I would suggest you look to get as many National Governeing Body qualifications as you can such as ML Summer and BCU coaching qualifications. You need to have something more to offer if your going to make a successful living from Bushcraft.

31-10-2005, 12:50
Indy, I do not know what your situation is, but your location is down as Thailand, is this permanent (you live there as a resident) or are you only there for a time.

There are a number of schools that have instructor programs, generally though it involves taking most of the ourses that each individual school run over a period of time and then sitting an in house test and this can be a costly process.

Wayne's suggestion of gaining a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills is probably the best and then attend a few courses with schools, if they like you and you are helpfull to others giving good sound advice they may see you as a potential instructor and ask if you want to do work as an instructor /apprentice.

The Joker
31-10-2005, 19:13
I agree with Wayne and Leon, get as much practical experience as you can and a few courses.

01-11-2005, 09:56
Thanks for the advice.I am a British citizen, but i now work and reside in Thailand.I have attended several courses in the UK and in Asia.My real skills are in jungle survival and bushcraft which i practice reguarly.I already have over seven years leadership experiance with the British Marine Cadet Corps so i ahve several leadership qualifications, ML and jungle survival instructors certificates.What i am looking for is an organisation based in Asia, that specialises in Jungle survival and bushcraft, and takes on trainee instructors.I have already contacted JET Asia, but they do not do such things.Any ideas anyone?

01-11-2005, 19:54
I think your best bet is to contact one of the schools doing courses in this arena and offering your services.