Lowland Leader FAQs




1/ What are the required minimum experience levels for the Lowland Leader award scheme?

Below are the bare minimum figures in terms of experience. Candidates who pass first time usually have experience in excess of the bare minimum.

Lowland Leader Training – 10 varied walks in lowland terrain where the use of a map is required.

Lowland Leader Assessment – 20 walks in lowland countryside in different types of terrain (woodland, coastal, farmland etc)

2/ I have some experience from before I registered - does that count?

Yes, all your experience counts towards the required minimum. If you cannot remember the exact date then the month and the year will do. Your logbook is a reference for your trainers and assessors, so what is NOT helpful is an entry such as, 'Done 100s of days over the last 40 years all over the UK.' This says something about your level of experience but there isn't enough detail. See the DLOG for the amount of detail you need to enter (really rather minimal).

3/ What about my overseas experience, does that count?

Some non–UK/Ireland experience may be included, but should be in terrain and conditions that are similar to those in the UK/Ireland and must be unguided. Normally any overseas days would be considered as additional experience and should not form a substantial part of the required total.

4/ I've already done Hill and Moorland Leader training, am I exempt from Lowland Leader training?

Yes. Candidates registering for the Lowland Leader award who have already undertaken training in the Hill and Moorland Leader Award (formerly the Walking Group Leader award) or Mountain Leader award can progress direct to assessment in the Lowland Leader award if they can demonstrate that their walking experience includes walks relevant to the scope of this scheme.

5/ Can I do the Expedition Skills Module?

Yes, if you want to. When you register for Lowland Leader you will automatically be registered for the Expedition Skills Module, it's then up to you if/when you want to book onto a course after your Lowland Leader assessment.

6/ Do I need to record all of my experience on DLOG (Digital Logbook)?

It's up to you. The DLOG is a simple way of recording your days out and it's easy for our Providers to see whether you have the required experience. You can also share it with other people for a set amount of time and you don't have to worry about the dog eating it or spilling coffee all over it.

If you choose not to use DLOG, you will need to present your experience in a way that provides the same information to a trainer or assessor, whether that's digital or in hard copy.

What are the first aid requirements for the Lowland Leader award?

Prior to the assessment course you must attend and complete a first aid course of a minimum duration of sixteen hours. First aid courses designed to cater for those working outdoors away from immediate assistance are highly recommended. First aid FAQs.


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