Can you work with UK Outdoor Qualifications overseas?

by Owen Senior

If you hold outdoor qualifications from the UK can you work abroad with them? There isn't much clear information about working overseas with UK outdoor qualifications. People in the industry have had different experiences and therefore have different opinions. We thought we'd simplify things; listing countries that staff currently working for Land & Wave have worked in using UK qualifications. The list and comments below are based on our own experiences... 25825_104357129602374_5793096_n Our List (in no particular order).... The United Kingdom  obviously! France No problems at all, always for companies based in the UK though. It's important to have international or French qualifications when working at a high level (high mountain guide, raft guide). Spain  No problems at all when using British Canoeing, Royal Yachting Association or Mountain Training qualifications working for British and Spanish companies. Greece Absolutely fine, no problems whatsoever. North Africa  No problems at all, qualifications from the UK are recognised and commonly used as a marker for quality. 14107834_148459018929168_3548474451357752120_o USA Fine to use after a short assessment/ observation period, no problems using British Canoeing or Mountain Training qualifications. Canada  Fine to use after an interview and observation period that lasted a day or two, no problems using British Canoeing, Royal Yachting Association or Mountain Training qualifications. Australia  No problems at all after an interview and a session or two working under observation. 13698300_1107149402656470_3887002756171535594_o New Zealand  Absolutely fine, there is rumour of companies that need observations or some additional training. South Africa  No problems at all, checked certificates, emailed references and I was good to go. Norway  Really easy, no problems. Eastern Europe  Didn't even ask to see certificates, didn't run into any problems. India Absolutely fine, never had any problems. 26736_101709443200476_4182533_n The UAE UK qualifications are required by lots of companies. Oman  No problems at all. Qatar RYA qualifications requested, never had any issues with UK qualifications The Middle East Generally  It's worth remembering that ladies will find it far harder to find outdoor education roles. 26736_102336756471078_3296673_n Remember, this is based on our experience only, there will be other people out there who have had different experiences but, as a guide, we think everything above is good! Safe travelling, it's a wonderful, big wide world out there.

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