How good do I need to be?
You can start at the Bronze Level with no experience. The NNAS committee recommend a minimum number of hours of training at each level. Each course has small numbers (typically 1:6 at the most) and this helps ensure time for lots of personal practice, to ask questions and really gain confidence in your skills.
Can I start at the Silver or Gold level?
The course provider would probably ask you about your previous experience and abilities to determine whether such a course would be appropriate for you, but yes this is possible.
How much will it cost?
Course providers charge various amounts as they offer different types of delivery and accommodation. Check with the provider of your choice from the Course Providers page.
When and where are courses run?
Courses can run year round and take place all over the UK. Location and dates will depend on the course provider. Courses are often run at weekends, and some providers are happy to tailor a course to your own dates and needs. Check with the provider of your choice from the Course Providers page.
What age do I need to be before attending a course?
There is no age stipulation for NNAS courses, at present the age range across the 2 schemes is 7 to 70+. There is a course level to suit your current ability and you progress through the levels as and when you wish.
Could I become a course provider?
If you hold a BEL award, Walking Group Leader award, Mountain Leader Award or an orienteering Coaching Award, then you or your organisation or centre could register with the NNAS office to become a course provider - for more information and an application form see the Become a Course Provider page .