The Three Tiered Training Structure
The three levels of Leave No Trace courses are:
1. Awareness Course
2. Trainer Course
3. Advanced Trainer Course
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3. Awareness Course
The third tier of Leave No Trace training is the Awareness Workshop. An Awareness Workshop can be any formal Leave No Trace presentation that is one-day or less in length. These presentations can include a wide variety of programmes, ranging from a 30-minute presentation to a day-long workshop. Experiential-based training in an outdoor setting is encouraged.
These workshops are designed for educators, children, college students, outdoor professionals, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, trail crews, hiking club members and others interested in Leave No Trace skills and ethics. The course leader for an Awareness Workshop can be a Leave No Trace Advanced Trainer or a Leave No Trace Trainer. Participants receive introductory training in the skills and ethics of Leave No Trace. Workshop topics include the underlying concept of minimum impact recreation and the seven principles of Leave No Trace:
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Interested in learning more right now? You can take the Online Awareness Course.
Please see our "Find a course" page for details of our next Awareness course.
2. Trainer Course
The Trainer Course is a vital component of the nationwide Leave No Trace programme. It is a shortened version of the Advanced Trainer course, in which participants receive introductory training in Leave No Trace skills and ethics in a condensed two-day format.
This two day course assists student participants in learning more about the seven principles of Leave No Trace, and techniques for disseminating these low impact skills. Trainer Courses are designed for educators, guides, agency employees and other outdoor professionals. Successful graduates of the Trainer Course gain skills to teach Leave No Trace techniques and ethics to their clients, friends and family.
Participants learn the concept of Leave No Trace and prepare to teach Leave No Trace curriculum in a variety of settings - such as schools, camps, parks, wilderness areas. Workshop topics include the underlying ethics and seven principles of Leave No Trace.
You can find a Trainer Course in your area by clicking on the "Find a course" link for your area to see if there are any Trainer Courses listed. There, you will also find listings for Awareness Workshops, events and Advanced Trainer courses.
3. Advanced Trainer Course
Advanced Trainer Courses are at the top of the pyramid, and after completing this level of comprehensive training, people go on to become Leave No Trace Advanced Trainers. The Advanced Trainers, in turn, teach people the second level, the Trainer Course, upon completion of which people become Leave No Trace Trainers. The Advanced Trainers and Trainers both, are then eligible to conduct our third level of training, called Awareness Workshops, which are designed for the general public to learn, practice and promote Leave No Trace.
An Advanced Trainer Course is typically five days in length and designed for people who are actively teaching Outdoor Learning skills or providing outdoor information on outdoor recreation to the public.
The next Advanced Trainer course will be scheduled for 2017. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
The national Leave No Trace training programme has grown to include over 34 Leave No Trace Advanced Trainers, and more than 23,000 Leave No Trace Trainers. As the number of institutions, organizations and agencies interested in offering Leave No Trace training programmes increases, it is important to maintain stringent standardized guidelines.
For guidelines on conducting Advanced Trainer and Trainer courses, please visit the following link: Read more >
Please find links to resources below for those teaching Leave No Trace in Ireland:
- Ways to Teach Leave No Trace specific to the Irish environment
- Awareness Session Guidelines
- Feedback Forms
- Template for completing Awareness Session & Trainer Course reports
- NEW Online Awareness Course
- Lesson Plans: