National Centre course schedule

LATEST ITEMS:  UKCC Level 1 30 September - 1 October course now FULL.

Event Safety Workshops added, 6 and 20 September, also places available on Coaching Foundation course in Musselburgh on 19 August.

02nd Aug 17

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Adult Beginners/improvers' days and weekends

Whatever your standard, we guarantee you'll learn a lot on our coaching weekends.  Come for one day or both;  usual fee £30 per person per day, £10 discount for SOA members (all non-residential).  Usual maximum 6 people to 1 coach.  Licensed coaches get the day free in return for preparing and delivering a session.  We use top quality Speyside forests, exquisite maps and the best local tea-rooms.  The two-fold aim is simply to have fun while learning or improving your orienteering.  All the coaching is carefully geared to suit YOUR needs.  New September weekend places have all been reserved!

  • 9-10 September - Speyside - all places have been reserved

For all coaching days and weekends, please book via the Wufoo form.

Introducing Orienteering courses

Our new, improved offering for teachers, youth leaders and staff in outdoor centres.  Standard course fee £70 per person per day (discounts apply when 6 or more are invoiced together).

Unless stated otherwise, book by e-mail to Hilary Quick via the Contacts page.

  • 23 August - Renfrewshire
  • September 28 (evening) & 29 (afternoon) - East Lothian
  • early October - Kinnoull Hill, near Perth

We often add dates to suit local requirements, in which case this list will be changed promptly.  


Young Leader Award

A closed offering of this course will be run at Glenmore Lodge in October.

Course planned for Lochgoilhead Scout Centre in November.

Please contact us if you'd like to book on either of these courses or you'd like this course to be run near you.


Coaching Foundation course

This one-day course is for experienced orienteers who are members a SOA club.  Course fee £60 per person.  Further details are available on a separate page.  

  • 19 August - Musselburgh, East Lothian
  • 16 September - Glenmore Lodge (as part of the Volunteers' Weekend)

UKCC Level 1 Coach

For 2-day Level 1 courses, candidates must first have attended a Coaching Foundation course (see above).   

30 September - 1 October, Nairn.  Course now FULL.

Subsidies are usually available from sportscotland for this course, for eligible candidates.  Apply via their website.  

There will also be a 3-day UKCC L1 course at Glenmore Lodge 1-3 December.  Please e-mail Hilary Quick via the Contacts page for further information.

UKCC Level 2 Coach

Please note this is a 3 day course (plus 1 assessment day) and candidates should normally attend all 3 days of the same course.  Post-course work is then completed before final assessment, which must be within 2 years.

Please watch for new date later this year.  Please use this form to book your place.  Course fee £300.  Candidates might be eligible for subsidy from sportscotland - apply direct.

UKCC Level 3 Coach

This course ran 6-8 November 2015 (plus some separate additional dates).  Next scheduled course likely to be 2017 or 2018, though some of the topics will be covered in CPD sessions in the meantime.

SOA Creative Coach CPD Days 2017

Dates are being finalised for four sessions this year;  all O coaches welcome, no charge, and lunches will be provided!

  • August - Moray - improving our questioning skills
  • September - Dumfries & Galloway - effective and enjoyable warmups and cooldowns
  • September - Glenmore Lodge (as part of the Volunteers' Weekend) - Sharing Best Practice
  • October? - Aberdeenshire? - technical sessions for mixed ability groups

Coach Educator/Tutor updates

Tutor updates were held in January and May; the next will be in 2018.


SOA Club Development Conference

The Club Development Conference was held on 1 April;  details on separate page.

Volunteers' Weekend

The next Volunteers' Weekend will be at Glenmore Lodge 15-17 September 2017.

Event Safety Workshop

Tutors are now scattered across several clubs (see list); please contact Hilary Quick if you'd like to become a tutor for it.  We strongly recommend mixed-club workshops! 

  • Wednesday 6 September (evening) - Forres (venue tbc)

  • Wednesday 20 September (evening) - Bell's Sports Centre, Perth

Please use this form to book for any of these workshops.

Event Organisers' Workshop

This is often combined with the Event Safety Workshop for a comprehensive training session for event officials.

Grade C Controllers’ course

date and venue of the next course are under discussion - please get in touch if you'd like to attend

Grade B Controllers’ course

  • 16 & 17 September at Volunteers' Weekend

Planners’ course, Condes, SI and OCAD Workshops

These are often run locally;  please phone to discuss your requirements.  Currently available:

Planners' course

This course can be delivered within clubs by a competent planner with tutoring skills.

  • 20 September - Forres 

Condes workshop

This can be delivered by a competent person in the club, or can be done as a self-teach module, using the Condes worksheet.

OCAD workshop

can be arranged in response to local demand - please get in touch

Other workshops

  • SI Timing workshop (successor to Autodownload) will be held at the Volunteers' Weekend

Closing dates:  Bookings will not normally be accepted after the closing date, where one is stated.  For some courses, an early closing date is necessary in order to obtain course resources.

The course schedule is constantly changing, with latest additions or cancellations outlined in the summary as above.

Courses will be confirmed or cancelled within 24 hours of their stated closing date.  We recommend that you don’t commit to accommodation etc. until your course has been confirmed. 

We aim to acknowledge bookings as soon as possible after receiving the form, so if you don’t get an acknowledgement within about 4 days, please phone.  

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by Hilary Quick