Become a NNAS Navigator Award Provider

BEFORE REGISTERING:  Please note that the NNAS Tutor Award must now be undertaken by ALL prospective Course Directors before a Provider registers to deliver NNAS Navigator Awards.  If you intend to register your organisation / centre as a Provider you need to be aware of this requirement and ensure all your Course Directors complete this course prior to your application.

Registering to become a provider of NNAS Navigator Awards is straightforward:

  • You will need to read and agree to the Provider Code of Conduct
  • You must fill in the online Registration Form 
  • You will need to supply details of your Course Director(s) qualifications, including the date of the NNAS Tutor Award attended
  • You will need to supply evidence of current Public Liability Insurance – email to
  • We will email an invoice for the registration fee (£75)
  • For non-UK based organisations wishing to register, please contact the NNAS office in the first instance.

Please contact the NNAS office if you have questions that aren’t answered below.

Operation of the Scheme

NNAS Navigator Awards are run by registered organisations and centres (known as Providers) to which candidates apply individually or as a group.

Who can become an NNAS Navigator Award Provider?

Provider accreditation depends upon the qualifications of their Staff members (known as Course Directors) delivering the courses and involves the submission of qualifications to the NNAS committee for approval.  

Who can deliver NNAS Navigator Awards?

Course Directors should hold a National Governing Body Award qualification, and ALL Course Directors are required to have undertaken the NNAS Tutor Award.

The accepted qualifications include, but are not limited to : Basic Expedition Leader (level 3), Hill & Moorland Leader Award (previously Walking Group Leader Award), Summer Mountain Leader Award or British Orienteering Coaching Awards. The level of qualification held will determine the NNAS Navigator award level(s) deliverable.

Qualifications issued by other bodies must be approved by the NNAS Board of Trustees.

For an overview of of the requirements at each level, see the NNAS Course Criteria Overview.

What happens when I become an NNAS Navigator Award Provider?

Following successful accreditation and payment of the annual registration fee, Providers will receive their annual registration certificate, the NNAS Outdoor Navigation Handbook and further information on operating the scheme.

Providers have access to the website to promote their NNAS Navigator courses, Provider resources, webshop with discounts, support (both technical and administrative) and access to NNAS workshops.

To help keep up to date with navigation training and the NNAS schemes, Providers are encouraged to take part in regional workshops provided by the NNAS.

Navigator certificates are produced for all successful candidates.  Please contact the NNAS National Office for details of course costs that are charged to the Providers.  Badges may be purchased by registered course Providers on request from the NNAS Office.

Can any Provider deliver the Gold Navigator Award?

The NNAS Gold Navigator Award is considered to be at the same technical level as that required for personal navigation for the Mountain Leader or Walking Group Leader Award. The NNAS Board have drawn up the requirements for those Course Directors wishing to assess at Gold Navigator level. Please contact the office for more advice.

Can I use the NNAS Navigator Awards as a benchmark?

Organisations and Centres who use the NNAS Navigator Awards as a benchmark for the navigational competence of their leaders must have further mechanisms for assessing relevant leadership qualities. The Navigator Awards are for personal performance only, and must not be used as a leadership qualification of any kind.

For example after discussion, Sports Leaders UK now use the Silver Navigator award as part of their Basic Expedition Leader (Level 3) Scheme.

What resources are available for the delivery of the schemes?

The Navigator Scheme has the Tutor Handbook, “Outdoor Navigation – Handbook for Tutors”, one copy free to all those registering. The Outdoor Discovery Award has a handbook, with additional resources under development.

There are regional training and sharing good practice workshops each year organised specially for Providers. The workshops cover the various aspects of the NNAS Navigator syllabus, teaching methods, new developments, etc.

There is a moderation scheme partly in place and partly being developed to help ensure a national standard for each level of the Navigator Awards.

For both schemes (Navigator and ODA) there are a wide variety of navigation teaching books available, listed under resources in the relevant pages of this website.

Advertising of the schemes on Provider’s websites:

The NNAS logo may be used by registered Providers on their websites. Please contact the office for conditions of use and to request a digital version of logo.

NNAS will occasionally check a random selection of Provider’s websites in order to ensure the correct levels of NNAS courses are being advertised. Providers who fail to renew their membership must remove all mention and branding of the NNAS immediately.


The NNAS does not provide insurance. It is Providers’ responsibility to ensure they have appropriate insurance.