“The syllabus is packed, keeping you busy at all times without feeling gruelling because everything is so interesting and the instruction is top notch. Each session builds on the skills already learned, giving ample opportunity for each student to practise and become self sufficient in the woodland’ Alex DeWitt
After many years of running an integrated skills and teaching programme we have now separated the practical bushcraft skills and the teaching elements formally found in the Certificate of Bushcraft Leadership and created a brand new skills based programme. The level 4 Certificate in Applied Bushcraft is a programme spread over four modules.
Woodcraft School were the first company in the country to offer an accredited course designed specifically for bushcraft instructors in the UK. This programme of study remains very in-depth and comprehensive and is still the benchmark standard in bushcraft techniques for trainee instructors and enthusiasts alike.
Tool design, safe tool use and selection, carving techniques, use of axe, tree felling with hand tools (axes), cleaving and conversion of timber, atlatls, primitive glues, bark work, cordage, net making, ropes knots and lashings, natural shelters, modern shelters, effects of heat and cold, clothing, backcountry cooking techniques, game preparation, tree and plant identification and use, poisonous plants, wild food, natural navigation techniques, hazard tree recognition, animal track and sign recognition, finding and making water safe, effects of dehydration, fire lighting and management, bow drill, hand drill, natural and manmade tinder.
Duration and Time Commitment
We strongly recommend that before embarking on this programme you first attend our Advanced Bushcraft Award which is seven days in duration. including a two day assessment making it a stand alone qualification should you wish to stop your training at this point. The award consists of four modules totalling 18 days that are spread out across six months. This allows the student to consolidate skills between each session.
We do take people with suitable expertise in the subject who haven’t completed out Advanced Bushcraft Award but would need to discuss this with you.
If you are in any doubt about your suitability for the programme please contact us to discuss your experience. We cannot guarantee successful completion of the programme to those without prior knowledge.
To allow flexibility for the students, the course is organised so that the blocks that make up the applied course include weekends to lessen the impact of the working week. We believe this system allows students to attend the course and still remain fully employed. Students are also welcome to arrive the night before if they have a long way to travel and this is reflected in the dates below.
The course will take place entirely in the outdoors and you are expected to camp out for the duration. In addition to the sessions at our site you will also have a good deal of home study so be prepared to live, eat and sleep bushcraft for whole of the course!
This programme requires the student to be living in the outdoors and managing themselves, the environment and the camp and resources. With this in mind you are also expected to help out around the site with tasks such as bringing in water, washing up and collecting firewood.
Dates for 2021/22.
Modules and Dates
- 27 July-1 August 5 days 2021
- 19-24 October 5 days 2021
- 18-23 November 5 days 2021
- 1-5 February 2022
If this course is full please contact us to be placed on a waiting list for cancellations.
Certificate in Applied Bushcraft – Level 4
Please read the following information before booking:
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- The Course Kit List
Please note this is a self catered course and you are expected to camp and live outdoors throughout the duration of each module.
You need to be over 18 years of age to attend this programme.
July - Feb 2021 Places
Course: Certificate in Applied Bushcraft
Training: July 2021 - February 2022
Location: West Sussex
Start Time: 7.00pm on the first day
Completion Time: 4.00pm each block last day
Course Leader: Phil Brooke
Course Size: 12 (maximum)
Cost Per Person: £1700 (Deposit £100)
I have thoroughly cherished and been inspired by the experience of completing the Level 4 Applied Bushcraft with Phil Brooke of Woodcraft School. An extremely varied and informative course taking everything to the next level compared to week long bushcraft courses. A really great mix of practical experience backed up by solid theory and self led learning. I always enjoy the challenge of assessment which I feel pushes students to really embed the learning enabling them to study a subject area in depth. I have come out of the course having learnt so much, but even more special than that is having had my eyes opened even more to the wonderful world of natural living and bushcraft inspiring me to go forward and continue to learn even more. I would thoroughly recommend the course to those who have a drive to learn and the time to dedicate to enable you to embrace and get the most out of this course. I feel I have come away from the course with brand new skills; a deepening of knowledge in skills I already had explored; and a fantastic group of friends who I know will continue to support each other in the years to come.
This course shifted the way I see the world around me, putting me more in touch with my environment that I used to walk blindly past. It gave me tremendous confidence and experience to teach bushcraft myself, and also the curiosity to extend further and learn more about all the many subjects we covered, from ancestral skills to craftwork and wildlife tracking.
The team spirit and camaraderie that formed over the course was amazing and I learned something from every other student, who all have their own different life experiences to offer.
The syllabus is packed, keeping you busy at all times without feeling gruelling because everything is so interesting and the instruction is top notch. Each session builds on the skills already learned, giving ample opportunity for each student to practise and become self sufficient in the woodland. This goes way beyond the firesteels and knives that some bushcraft courses are focussed around and teaches you the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’.
I was so sad to see the end of the course, I wish I could keep coming back every month! If you’re curious enough about the course to visit this website, hesitate no longer and just book it!
The certificate in applied bushcraft builds on the foundation of the advanced award under the excellent mentoring of Phil Brooke
Bushcraft is a vast subject with many facets. This course provided me with the perfect environment to hone known skills and learn new ones. Phil is patient and will guide you in your learning, he will also push you to reach your potential. Taking place from October to June you will experience all seasons and be provided with a comprehensive outdoor experience.
Thank you to Phil, John and the other participants on the course for the guidance, teaching a friendship over those nine months.