Level 3 Certificate in Lowland Expedition Leadership



The Sports Leaders UK Level 3 Certificate in Lowland Expedition Leadership is a nationally recognised qualification that trains and qualifies teachers, Youth Workers and other members of the community to:

  • Lead walking groups in lowland countryside
  • Impart the knowledge and skills needed to undertake a day walk
  • Have responsibility for the care of others while leading a day walk in lowland countryside
  • Plan and lead overnight base and mobile camps

It is the minimum qualification required by some Operating Authorities for those wanting to train and lead groups in the expedition section of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme.

On completion of the course candidates will be qualified to lead DofE expeditions at Bronze and Silver level on terrain that is within the remit of the qualification.

Mountain Training UK include the Level 3 Certificate in Lowland Expedition Leadership on the qualification matrix in the National Guidelines for Climbing and Hillwalking Leaders.


Course Content

The Level 3 Certificate in Lowland Expedition Leadership is split into three sections:

1) Training

During this  6 day section candidates will receive training in the following subjects:

  • Legal Responsibilities and Insurance
  • Selecting Personal and Group Equipment
  • Navigation including adverse weather, poor visibility and night navigation
  • Instructional Techniques for the Outdoor Environment
  • Expedition Planning and Organisation
  • Planning and Preparation
  • Leadership
  • Conservation and Access
  • Camp Craft
  • Weather
  • Hazards and Risk assessments
  • Emergency Planning and Procedures
  • Remote Group Supervision


2) Consolidation & Demonstration of Leadership

During this section candidates must complete the following before returning for assessment:

  • Complete 30 hours demonstration of leadership.
  • Complete and log a minimum of 8 day walks of at least 6 hours duration. Planned and led by the candidate.
  • Produce an evidence portfolio.


3) Assessment

  • When a candidate has completed their consolidation and demonstration of leadership and feel ready, they can then book onto an assessment.
  • You have 3 years from the start of training to complete your assessment.
  • During this section candidates will be assessed by their tutor and an external assessor.
  • As part of the assessment candidates Evidence Portfolios will also be assessed.
  • The assessment takes the course of a two day overnight camping expedition during which time candidates are assessed on the areas covered during training.



You will be required to provide your own personal day walking and camping equipment for the course. All group emquipment will be provided by Adventure Training & Expeditions. A detailed kit list will be included in the joining instructions.




October 2018

Day 1: 07th October 2018

Day 2 - 6: 22nd - 26th October 2018


Assessment (Candidates who have completed their 30 hours Consolidation & Demonstration of Leadership)

12th - 14th October 2018 (6 pm start on the 12th)



Price: £485 Price includes training and assessment


The price includes;

Training 6 days

Assessment 2.5 days

Registration with Sports Leaders UK

All group equipment

All tutoring and administration

All campsite fees

Light refreshments during indoor sessions i.e. tea and coffee



The price does not include;

Personal equipment


Reference books


Personal kit, accident or injury insurance


Venue Information

Training and assessment will take place in the Canterbury and North Downs (Kent) area.


Pre Course Requirements

Be at least 18 years old on completion of the course.

Have a genuine interest in leading expeditions and teaching the associated skills.


Important Information

During the course you will be required to spend prolonged periods of time outdoors including a total of 4 overnight camps. You will also be required to carry a day sack or expedition rucksack and operate in open terrain in potentially adverse weather conditions. Candidates should ensure they are well prepared for the course.

If you would like further information regarding this or any other aspect of the course please do not hesitate to contact us.


For more information please contact us.



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