Who are we?


The International Bushcraft Instructors Association (TIBIASS) was formed to recognise and endorse instructors who teach ethically correct skills and use robust safety standards to ensure the wellbeing of their customers.

We achieve this by providing a consistent and progressive standard of assessment and publish standards, criteria and good working practice.


The assessments have been put together by a collaboration of experienced practioners of Bushcraft and are reviewed on a yearly basis to ensure that the highest standards are used.


Although or primary goal is not to run courses to qualify new instructors we are able to do so and anyone interested can contact us on 07809 716423 or info@tibiass.com for outside of the UK please contact us via the email shown.




Many instructors that provide courses do so after gaining vast amounts knowledge from many different avenues, they may be ex-service personnel, Scouts or possibly someone that has gained knowledge through years of practice.


To ask them to then take a course on how to teach can be seen to both counter productive and a waste of time and effort. Saying this it is important for these instructors to be able to say that they have been assessed and therefore seen to be competant instructors.

It could be that they are unaware of the need to produce risk assessments or codes of practice and this will be one of the many things that we will provide knowledge of and will in fact provide generic documents that can be downloaded.


The aims of TIBIASS

To foster the use of good working practice within the ranks of professional Bushcraft Instructors ensuring that the people they teach have a safe and enjoyable experience.

To protect the environment by ensuring that our members are aware of all issue’s that can arise during the day to day participation in this amazing past time.





Outdoor activities helps the development of individuals through improving their life skills.


This is achieved by:

Identifying and meeting the need of individuals

Improving skills through a progressive programme of safe, guided practice.

Creating an environment in which individuals are motivated to maintain participation and improve performance


Leaders/instructors should comply with the principles of good ethical practice listed below


Leaders/instructors must respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person and treat everyone equally with the context of their sport

Leaders/instructors must place the well-being and safety of the performer above the development of performance. They should follow all guidelines laid down by the governing body and hold appropriate insurance cover.

Leaders/instructors must develop an appropriate working relationship with performers (especially children), based on mutual trust and respect. Leaders must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward

Leaders/instructors must encourage and guide performers to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance

Leaders/instructors should hold up to date and nationally recognised governing body qualifications

Leaders/instructors must ensure the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual

Leaders/instructors should at the outset, clarify with performers (and where appropriate their parents) exactly what is expected of them and what performers are entitled to expect from their Leaders/instructors. A contract may sometimes be appropriate

Leaders/instructors should co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g other Leaders, officials) in the best interest of the participant

Leaders/instructors should always promote the positive aspects of their activity (e.g fair play) and never condone violations or the use of prohibited substance

Leaders/instructors must consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance


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