Further to the FSA policy statement of 1st February 2018, the FSA will recognise the following Forest School qualifications under the FSA Recognised Forest School Provider scheme once it re-opens in the summer

Qualifications awarded before 1st December 2018

All Level 3 Forest School qualifications will be accepted

 Qualifications awarded between 1st December 2018 and 31st August 2019

The following qualifications will be accepted:

  • the legacy FSA endorsed Level 3 Forest School qualification (QCF – 'Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership’)
  • the new FSA endorsed Level 3 Forest School qualification (RQF – ‘Certificate for Forest School Leaders')
  • Agored Level 3 qualifications, Wales, (to be reviewed before March 2020)
  • SCQF Forest School qualification, Scotland, has been developed with FSA cooperation (currently under review pending formal FSA endorsement)

Qualifications awarded after 1st September 2019

The following qualifications will be accepted:

  • the new FSA endorsed Level 3 Forest School qualification (RQF – ‘Certificate for Forest School Leaders')
  • Agored Level 3 qualifications, Wales, (to be reviewed before March 2020)
  • SCQF Forest School qualification, Scotland, has been developed with FSA cooperation (currently under review pending formal FSA endorsement)

Notes:

  1. Awarding Organisations that are still using the legacy ‘FSA endorsed Level 3 Forest School qualification (QCF)’ will have had 20 months to switch over to the new ‘FSA endorsed Level 3 Forest School qualification (RQF)’ and their students time to complete the old course.
  1. Agored is working with the FSA to make the necessary revisions and have been given an extension to the deadline on this basis.
  1. The FSA is working with Newbattle Abbey College, in Scotland, to ensure that the new SCQF Forest School qualification may be recognised by the FSA.
  1. Since 1st February 2018, Level 3 Forest School qualifications, awarded as a result of passing courses delivered purely on-line, will not be accepted for the ‘FSA Recognised Forest School Provider’ scheme.
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