Countryside Leader Award Training and Assessment

Bright Expeditions has years of experience in organising and delivering expeditions and leader training whilst working with different organisations.

If you are thinking of starting a career in the outdoor industry and want to start building a portfolio of qualifications or you need to formalise your experience to deliver expeditions at your centre then why not benefit from our hive of knowledge.

Countryside Leader Award

We are providers of the Countryside Leader Award (CLA) training course and assessment and run these courses every year, typically at either end of the expedition season (March – October).The CLA is for adults who wish to lead walks and camping expeditions in non-remote, lowland countryside.


Training is a mixture of classroom and practical outside learning. You’ll learn about different types of equipment, the legalities of running expeditions, navigation by day and night and everything in between including how to mitigate risk. You’ll be able to learn not only from us (we have some stories to tell!) but also from other candidates and it’s not unusual for great friendships to be made on our courses.

Our training is delivered in a straightforward and approachable manner by Mountain Leader Summer Award holders with heaps of experience and valuable skills.

Training Courses are 3 days either as a 3-day block or as a module of one day followed by a 2-day expedition.


Candidates will have some consolidation to complete in between training and assessment.

Assessments are 2 night lightweight and self-sufficient camping expeditions with a home paper completed in advance.

Some pre-requisites apply for the training and assessment so please contact us to have an informal chat and find out more.

If you already hold an award but would like some input on managing multiple expedition groups, are feeling a little rusty or maybe just want to revisit some skills we are more than able to put together a bespoke course for you based on your needs!

All of our training courses can be flexible and bespoke according to venue and cost. We run open courses and assessments but can also run courses specifically for groups.

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