Schools and Nursery NIFSA Forest School Leader Level 3 qualification – Basic + 1 package (Funding available in participating local Council areas)


  1. Getting your class outdoors” Blended learning programme. A mixture of on-line and practical training with your class. Provides you with all the theory, practical knowledge and resources to confidently take your learning outside. Includes NIFSA membership, Forest School Starter Kit Bag and official NIFSA Forest School plaque on successful completion.
  2. Funding is available from participating local Councils and company sponsorship. Competitive basis.


Not available for private individuals or community and youth groups.

This is the only NI Forest School qualification and was developed by NIFSA in partnership with the Open College Network NI. This is the lead qualification teachers etc. would be expected to have before starting a Forest School programme. NIFSA have been training and accrediting teachers and other educational experts since 2008. We have over 150 qualified Forest Schools and 350 accredited Forest School Leaders.

Funding is available from participating local Councils and company sponsorships. Selection is based on a competitive process and is not guaranteed. Check the Funding section – Funding • Forest Schools in Northern Ireland (

Blended learning brochure 1 + baisc