SCQF Accreditation for Navigator Awards

 NNAS Navigator Awards gets official credit rating

 The National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) is delighted to announce that all levels of the Navigator Awards have been officially credit-rated by the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership (SCQF).  This further boosts the credibility of the Navigator Award and gives successful candidates more options when amassing credits for future education and employment.

 The Silver and Gold level Navigator Awards now join the Bronze level which was assessed in 2015.  The SCQF rated the Bronze at level 4, Silver at 5 and Gold at level 6 with each award worth 2 points.  These ratings are accepted by all the UK qualifications agencies, eg. the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) at levels 1, 2, and 3, and by the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) at levels 2, 3 and 4.

The Navigator Awards is a structured programme of land-based navigation training for anyone involved in outdoor activities.  The award provides candidates with a practical and effective way of learning map and compass skills, from beginners at Bronze through to advanced navigation techniques at Gold.

 The NNAS, which last year celebrated its 25th anniversary, licences around 300 providers across the UK to deliver the award.  Providers operate through schools, Duke of Edinburgh groups, cadet and youth groups as well as through open, public courses.

 Pete Hawkins, the Chair of the NNAS’ Board of Trustees says the SCQF accreditation is good news.  “Young people need to have a broad range of educational experiences behind them in order to compete in the current job market.  The credit rating that the Navigator Award has attracted gives them more options to add to their employability whilst learning skills that are both fun and will be useful to them throughout their adult life.”

 More details about the NNAS Awards can be found on the NNAS website ( or by contacting the NNAS office on 01786 451307 or


Note for Editors

 The NNAS is a registered charity.  Launched at the Royal Institute of Navigation in London in 1994, it has issued awards to over 50,000 candidates of all ages.

 The NNAS’ Award Schemes are recognised by many outdoor organisations for its sound training system for teaching the skills of land-based navigation and enabling participants to gain the confidence and skills to plan and safely execute their own journeys into the countryside.

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