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Training Directory - Short Courses

Participants:  If you are interested in any of the centres detailed below please contact ONLY the person, centre, telephone number or email address.  

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Short Training Courses

(10 day consecutive maximum)

Training Calendar of short courses is included in CJS Weekly (third edition of the month) and in CJS Professional two months prior to the event, eg January editions include events in March.


The courses listed online are sub-divided according to content, or search for your chosen course.  Many of the providers have further details on the Centres and Providers pages.  For all courses assume that booking is required and a fee may be applicable

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Access and Rights of Way: Typical courses range from map interpretation to countryside furniture building (stiles, gates and signs). Also includes navigation courses, eg Mountain leader.

Administrative and Office Skills: This includes areas such as software training, eg GIS; guide to Planning; contract management skills; budgeting, wildlife legislation, fundraising techniques but not basic skills training (literacy and numeracy etc.).

Community Engagement and Environmental Education: That's being trained in how to deliver community events and environmental education not the actual events themselves, also volunteer management.

Country Craft Courses: This section covers craft courses which can be anything using traditional skills.

Countryside Management Techniques: The theory behind the use of the technique, see the Practical Skills pages for courses in how to apply these techniques.

First Aid, Risk Assessment and other Health & Safety Related Courses:

Horticulture and Small Holding: Practical and theoretical training in gardening, permaculture and small holding.

Identification and Field Survey Skills - Herpetology, Fish and Invertebrates: Practical training in how to identify, classify and survey reptiles amphibians, fish and invertebrates. This is sort of how to ID everything else not considered above!

Identification and Field Survey Skills - Mammals: Practical training in how to find and identify mammals, also training in survey techniques and classifications.

Identification and Field Survey Skills - Ornithology: Practical training in how to identify and handle birds, also training in survey techniques and classifications including ringing licences.

Identification and Field Survey Skills - Plants and Habitats: Practical training in how to identify higher and lower orders of plants, how to classify vegetation groups, also survey techniques. This page details courses where a full habitat is considered.

Photography: Practical training and theoretical workshops on digital photography and image manipulation. With an emphasis on landscape photography and the use of photography as a tool in identification.

Practical Countryside Skills: Training in the practical aspects of countryside management techniques such as dry stone walling and hedge laying.

Practical Countryside Skills - Machinery: Courses on the use and maintenance of machinery and chemicals (e.g. pesticides), includes driving courses.

And don't forget the Events page
And have a look at the CJS Focus. These often have information about training specific to their area of interest.


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