The Countryside Leader Award
Expedition Leadership
Bronze and Silver DofE

Countryside Leader Award

The Countryside Leader Award (CLA) is for adults who wish to lead walks and camping expeditions in non-remote, lowland countryside.

Many types of walk and camping trip fall within the scope of the CLA. If you would like to use it for DofE expeditions, the scope corresponds with the recommended bronze and silver expedition terrain.

Our entry requirements allow us to recognise the prior experience of those who register with the CLA, and the course is designed with this in mind.

The award is designed for people who already have considerable experience working with young people.

Download a summary flyer about the CLA here


We are a Community Interest (non-profit) Company. Aiming to improve access to the outdoors, we provide a simple process by which leaders can gain and demonstrate competence leading groups in the countryside. Our fees cover quality assurance, development and administration.

More on our not-for-profit status (pdf)

Recognition and Suitability

Before registering please check that the CLA is recognised by whoever authorises your activities (e.g. your employer or county/borough council).

The CLA includes practical assessment of technical competence, and assessment of leadership skills through scenarios and discussion. The competence and suitability of a CLA holder to work in any given role are matters of judgement for both the employer and the award holder themselves.

For a list of bodies who recognise the CLA, see Recognition

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