Can you work with UK Outdoor Qualifications overseas?

by Owen Senior News

Can you work with UK Outdoor Qualifications overseas?

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…


Our List (in no particular order)….

The United Kingdom 



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).


No problems at all when using British Canoeing, Royal Yachting Association or Mountain Training qualifications working for British and Spanish companies.


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


Fine to use after a short assessment/ observation period, no problems using British Canoeing or Mountain Training qualifications.


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.


No problems at all after an interview and a session or two working under observation.


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.


Really easy, no problems.

Eastern Europe 

Didn’t even ask to see certificates, didn’t run into any problems.


Absolutely fine, never had any problems.



UK qualifications are required by lots of companies.


No problems at all.


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.


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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