Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres (AHOEC)

Gold Standard

This exciting development brings quality outdoor education to the fore. For many years the outdoor field and its clients have focused almost entirely on the safety of what we do. Whilst this is important it is time to move the debate on to quality as well as safety.


At any Centre displaying the Gold Standard logo you can be assured of a safe and quality outdoor experience. All Gold Standard centres are eligible to apply for both the LOtC Quality Badge (  and for Adventuremark ( This gives further reassurance of the quality and safety of your chosen provider.


Gold Standard takes the LOtC Quality Badge and extends it to a higher standard. All providers are assessed to a range of criteria by inspection and accreditation. 


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