The Survival School Level 3 Wilderness Skills Range Instructor – NCFE CQ Accredited – (Axe & Knife Throwing Instructor Custom Qualification)

(9 customer reviews)


Outdoor Axe & knife Throwing Instructor Course

This course can be delivered at a site of your choice if it has a flat area of 30m+ x 30m+ and is grass.

We currently deliver the course in various regions including:

  • The Peak District
  • East Anglia
  • Staffordshire, Burton on Trent
  • South Wales, Pembroke

We are currently revising the calendar regarding dates for each region

The aim of this course is to provide best practice delivery guidelines for learners wishing to safely instruct others on an axe & knife throwing range for sport or recreational purposes. While not mandatory, it is strongly recommended that learners have prior coaching or instructor training before attending.

The course is designed to provide a standard for safe delivery & coaching as well as ensuring the overall safe management of the range and safety of participants.

This is a 2-day course, requiring a minimum of one overnight stay in the forest (tent/hammock & tarp/bivvi & tarp) and will be self-catering.

Mandatory Prerequisites

  • Current 16 hr First Aid Certificate
  • Current Enhanced DBS Check

Site Entry is not included in the cost of this couse

This course is NCFE CQ Accredited

Back To Wilderness provides this course under licence from Survival School, NCFE Centre 001135

From 1st August 2022, all certification will be in the form of eCertificates.

Upon successful completion of the course and meeting the required criteria, the learner will achieve the following:

  • The Survival School Level 3 Wilderness Skills Range Instructor – NCFE CQ Accredited

If the required criteria is not fully met, the learner will remain as an aspirant, with support where possible until such time a follow-up assessment can be mutually agreed.

Our qualification has been developed to meet the specific needs of our learners and has been accredited by NCFE demonstrating the quality and rigor.

NCFE are an awarding organisation recognised by the qualification regulators for England (Ofqual, Wales (Qualification Wales) and Northern Ireland (CCEA Regulation). This is an unregulated qualification and is not a nationally recognised qualification.

Note: This Survival School Accredited Level 3 CQ is not part of the Level 4 foundational syllabus and is a stand-alone course developed for personal and professional development and is delivered regionally not at every Survival School site or venue.



Friday Itinerary

  • 19:00-19:30 – Arrival
  • 19:30-20:00 – Welcome Safety Brief
  • 20:00-21:00 – Make Camp (Dinner – Self Catering)

Saturday Itinerary

  • 07:00-08:00 – Breakfast (Self Catering)
  • 08:00-09:00 – Range safety, set up & risk assessment
  • 09:00-10:00 – Effective & safe use of equipment & coaching
  • 10:00-10:15 – Coffee Break
  • 10:15-12:15– Effective & safe use of equipment & coaching
  • 12:15-13:15 – Lunch (Self Catering)
  • 13:15-14:00– Equipment selection, inspection & maintenance
  • 14:00-16:00– Knowledge – questions, practice & consolidation
  • 16:00-16:15 – Coffee Break
  • 16:15-16:45– Legalities, HSE considerations and responsibilities
  • 16:45-17:30– Target Selection and Maintenance
  • 17:30-19:00 – Skills/Knowledge – questions, practice & consolidation
  • 19:00-19:15– De-Brief
  • 19:15 – Dinner & Down Time (Self Catering)

Sunday Itinerary

  • 07:00-08:00– Breakfast / Break Camp
  • 08:00-08:30 – Range safety, set up & risk assessment
  • 08:30-10:00– Safe Management of a Live Range – observational assessments
  • 10:00-10:15 – Coffee Break, Reflection & Review
  • 10:15-11:45– Safe Management of a Live Range – observational assessments
  • 11:45-12:00– Coffee Break, Reflection & Review
  • 12:00-13:30– Safe Management of a Live Range – observational assessments
  • 13:30– De-brief – Pack up and home time

What will you learn on the course: Level 3 Course Learning Outcomes

Additional Information

Minimum Participant Age:

• 18 yrs old

Included in the price:

• Hot water for making your own hot drinks
• NCFE Certification

* Please advise of any special dietary requirements at the time of booking, or state if you wish to cater for yourself.

Kit List:

• Warm Outdoor Clothes
• Footwear suitable for walking in woodland and on muddy woodland trails
• Sleeping Bag (Bivvy Bag Optional)
• Waterproof Clothing as weather dictates
• Water Bottle
• Notepad and Pen (Optional)
• Camera (Optional)
• An open mind and a willingness to learn and share

Not Included in the price:

• Tea’s, Coffee’s & personal snacks
• Main Meals throughout the weekend
• Site Access

9 reviews for The Survival School Level 3 Wilderness Skills Range Instructor – NCFE CQ Accredited – (Axe & Knife Throwing Instructor Custom Qualification)

  1. Richard Tarpy

    Great course, amazing instructor and a fantastic weekend! Thanks a lot Ray, looking forward to coming back and getting that practice in.

  2. Nathan Harris

    Just completed the level 3 Wilderness Skills Range Instructor Course designed completely by Ray himself, and as I’ve come to expect from him he has done yet another fantastic job.His teaching methods are second to none and this course covers everything you would need to know if you ever wished to run such an activity yourself. He covers the background knowledge regarding legalities and law aswell as addressing issues (primarily safety) when it comes to setting up a range an ultimately how to coach your customers into achieving a consistent technique to stick the target with whatever implement they are throwing from axes to knives. Excellent job as always and I look forward to the next one.

  3. Seth

    Brilliant experience. Ray was very knowledgable and made the experience fun and relaxing. I would definitely recommend this course. Not only did we gain the qualification Ray made sure we got a lot of time on the range to develop our own skills. Thank you Ray!

  4. Alex

    I did the survival school level 3 wilderness skills range instructor course with Ray just after lockdown. Ray is a great teacher and made it an enjoyable and informative weekend covering all the information whilst keeping it fun and relaxed. I Highly recommend him to anyone who wants to give knife and axe throwing a go.

  5. Outdoor Hire Centre Network – Gordon

    Ray has delivered several ‘Survival School Level 3 Wilderness Skills Range Instructor – NCFE CQ Accredited Courses’ for our team and does so in a highly professional and effective manner.

    Content is precise and substantive – delivery is impeccable. Safety and skills development lead whilst maintaining the fun and enjoyment that should go with such training. These courses are thorough and ‘must have’.

    Highly recommend and we will continue to book with Back To Wilderness for such training.

    Thanks Ray and Team

  6. Steve M

    I recently did a Survival School Level 3 Wilderness Skills Range Instructor – NCFE CQ Accredited Course with Ray and would recommend it for anyone wanting to get a safe and enjoyable training session. The 2 day axe throwing event was well thought out and clearly delivered. I found it more mentally tiring than I expected but Ray was alert to this and included plenty of breaks and time for reflection. Two days of axe throwing is also physically challenging for beginners so be prepared for some aching limbs!

  7. Emily Carr

    Last week several members of staff at our centre did the Survival School Level 3 Wilderness Skills Range Instructor course with Ray. We all really enjoyed it and feel much more confident about setting it up and running it as a activity. I approached Ray as it was something we wanted to introduce but weren’t sure how to go about it. He was really helpful explaining the set up procedure beforehand, the instruction was first class and he has continued to help us afterwards. I would defiantly recommend the course for anyone else looking to run axe throwing.

    Emily Carr

  8. Steve Lock

    Ray is a professional instructor of the highest quality.

    This was once again underlined when I recently attended his NCFE CQ Accredited Level 3 Wilderness Skills Range Instructor course. With tomahawk, axe & knife throwing becoming a more commonplace activity this course is now a must do for any freelance instructor or indeed anyone looking to pursue this exciting activity safely. All aspects of range management are well covered but you will also finish the course with a much higher level of skill due to the number of throwing hours as well as Ray’s experience & excellent coaching skills.

    The fun factor is huge with this one, book, enjoy & leave with a big smile!

  9. Darryl Gough

    At the weekend I attended the Level 3 Wilderness Skills Range Instructor course, centred around tomahawk, axe & knife throwing, this was by far one of the best courses I have attended in relation to the outdoors.
    Ray is a superb facilitator of learning, he encourages and supports students to emerse themselves in the course and for myself, he has allowed me to realise my full potential. A great experience which will help me and my business to develop.
    Ray you are a star, thanks for your commitment in this particular discipline.

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