Training Directory - Short Courses


We class short courses as being for a maximum of 10 consecutive days.
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


Field gate (image: Kenvsphotos / Pixabay)

Access and Rights of Way

Typical courses range from map interpretation to countryside furniture building (stiles, gates and signs). Also includes navigation courses.

laptop screen with computer script (image: Pixabay)

Administrative and Office Skills

This includes areas such as software training, e.g. GIS; guide to Planning; contract management skills; budgeting, wildlife legislation, fundraising techniques

children wearing red rucksacks walking in the sunshine (image: pixabay)

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.

hands weaving reeds (image: Wei Cheng Wu on Unsplash)

Country Craft Courses

Anything using traditional skills e.g. hurdle making, felting or basketweaving.

Section of boardwalk across wetands (image: Herbert / Pixabay)

Countryside Management Techniques

The theory behind the use of various land management techniques.

orange life bouy on railings by water (image: pexels)

First Aid and Risk Assessment

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

chickens (image: Will H McMahan on unsplash)

Horticulture and Small Holding

Practical and theoretical training in gardening, permaculture and small holding.

Azure damselfly (Karen Arnold / Pixabay)

Identification and Field Survey Skills - Herpetology, Fish and Invertebrates

Practical training in how to identify, classify and survey reptiles amphibians, fish and invertebrates


hedgehog (image: pixabay)

Identification and Field Survey Skills - Mammals

Practical training in how to find and identify mammals, also training in survey techniques and classifications.

kestrel in flight (image: Vincent van Zalinge on unsplash)

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.

meadow flora (image: Chris Child on Unsplash)

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 and invasive alien species, also survey techniques. This page also details courses where a full habitat is considered.

women wearing wooly hat and gloves photographing vegetation (image: Dan Smedley on Unsplash)


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.

dry stone wall (image: Sue Rickhuss / Pixabay)

Practical Countryside Skills

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

man using a chainsaw to cut a fallen tree (image: Hans Linde on unsplash)

Practical Countryside Skills - Machinery

Typical courses include: chainsaw certification, brush cutter and sprayer certification also tractor, 4x4 and MIDAS type driving courses. 

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, e.g. January editions include events in March

Participants:  If you are interested in any of the courses listed on the Training Directory please contact ONLY the person, centre, telephone number or email address.

Providers: If you wish to advertise your services Click Here for rates or contact CJS for more information.

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