Professional accreditation in the UK outdoor sector

Authored by: Heather Brown , Ian Harris , Su Porter

Routledge International Handbook of Outdoor Studies

Print publication date:  November  2015
Online publication date:  November  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138782884
eBook ISBN: 9781315768465
Adobe ISBN: 9781317666523


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This chapter analyses the development of individual professional practice including its recognition and accreditation within the outdoor sector in the UK over the past twenty-five years. We consider the key influences affecting the sector and the future direction for outdoor professional accreditation. We emphasise that, in the UK, the word qualification is used to describe a training process that is assessed and quality assured (by an awarding organisation). This process may lead to or form part of an accreditation, which is awarded by a professional institute or other body that upholds and develops professional standards.

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