Below are some of the more common questions we get asked at the NNAS. If your question isn’t amongst these, email us and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
How good do I need to be?
You can start at the Bronze Level with no experience. Each course has small numbers (typically 1:6 at the most) giving you lots of personal practice, the chance 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.
Tell me more about the Bronze Award being a qualification
In 2015 the Bronze National Navigation Award was officially accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4, and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on completion. The SCQF helps to compare the wide range of Scottish qualifications. It covers learning programmes in the workplace, in schools, colleges and university. It does this by giving each qualification on the Framework a level and a number of credit points. The level of a qualification shows how difficult the learning is. The credit points show how much learning is involved in achieving that qualification. For more information about the SCQF please click here. The SCQF can also help you to compare your qualifications with the rest of the UK and Europe. This is very helpful if you plan to study or work outside Scotland. The Qualifications Can Cross Boundaries leaflet explains further.
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 about insurance?
If money is changing hands, either directly or indirectly, please check with you chosen course provider that they have public liability insurance in place as the NNAS does not provide insurance to its providers.
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 two 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. Please talk to your chosen course provider for advice where young people are involved.
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 .