Proposed Outdoor Leader Certification Program
Outdoors NSW & ACT is proposing a newly created Outdoor Leader certification program that empowers outdoor professionals to continually develop, engage in the industry, agree to an Outdoor Code of Ethics, and encourages the knowledge and understanding of the AAAS Guidelines and Good Practice Guides.
However, before we launch such a program, we seek feedback from the industry to ensure it meets all the opportunities it sets out to achieve, it's aware of the obstacles it will potentially face and it will provide the outcomes its aimed to achieve.
This proposed program is designed to assist the Outdoors Industry with the following;
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ACCREDITATION vs CERTIFICATION vs LICENSING
The outdoor industry is continually scrutinised as 'risky', often perceived, and not realised in data comparisons. Accreditation is also perceived in the industry to be confusing, legitimisation questionable and marketability is lacking.
Accreditation refers to guidelines, processes, and credentials that are voluntarily endorsed to achieve accreditation. It often refers to businesses or programs and not to individuals.
Licensing on the other hand is specific to the well-being of consumers and is often legislated and a requirement for industry standard or practice.
Certification demonstrates capability and is often voluntary, but some bodies may prescribe it as a prerequisite for doing business.
The program is designed to help outdoors leaders progress, in relation to best practice and experience in the field. It also provides a process that can assist with building awareness of the businesses and industry whilst building faith in their activities, seen by consumers and insurers. It is also a tool for acknowledging skill and development by individuals and one that can help build careers and opportunities.
THE PROPOSED STRUCTURE
The program is proposed to be launched in early 2021, pending industry feedback. Individuals will submit their application via an online portal and complete an online quiz annually. The initial assessment will be assessed by staff using application, references, and required supplementary material. In subsequent years they will be required to submit annual evidence to retain their level or additional evidence to progress their levels. When an applicant reaches Gold or Platinum level, checks only occur every 5 years, or on request.
The proposed program has 5 tiers of accomplishment and hence certification.
OUTDOOR LEADER CERTIFICATION
OUTDOOR LEADER CERTIFICATION - Bronze Level
OUTDOOR LEADER CERTIFICATION - Silver Level
OUTDOOR LEADER CERTIFICATION - Gold Level
OUTDOOR LEADER CERTIFICATION - Platinum Level