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National Navigation Award Scheme - Bronze

We are pleased to offer this two session course In association with the National Navigation Award Scheme. NNAS approach is to steadily build the levels of understanding to ensure the training is embedded and candidates can confidently progress through the stages to become excellent navigators. All Hillgoers Mountain Leaders have undergone the Tutor Award Training course. We are also one of the few providers than can train and assess to Gold standard.

Aimed at novice level, the Bronze course will train you to plan and confidently follow routes in the countryside using paths and tracks.  Successful the candidates will receive a nationally recognised navigation award at Bronze level accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4, and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on completion.


  1. Navigate using a variety of maps and scales.
  2. Orientate the map using handrails, obvious point features and major landforms.
  3. Use linear features (e.g. paths, tracks, clear boundaries) as handrails in simple navigation exercises.
  4. Relate prominent landforms such as large hills and valleys to corresponding contour information on the map.
  5. Orientate the map by aligning a compass needle against gird north and be aware that magnetic variation causes an inaccuracy.
  6. Use an orientated map to confirm direction of travel.
  7. Use clearly identifiable features to confirm position along the route and to recognise when the target has been overshot.
  8. Measure horizontal distance on the map and estimate distance on the ground using timing, pacing and simple visual judgements e.g. 100m.


  1. Use 4 and 6 figure grid references with worded descriptions to define the position of a map feature and to locate a feature on the ground.
  2. Plan and implement simple routes and navigation strategies based on the above skills.
  3. Recognise a navigation error within a few minutes and apply simple relocation techniques using handrails and prominent features.
  4. Demonstrate an awareness of local and national access issues, access legislation, personal responsibilities and the Countryside Code.
  5. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge of walking equipment, safety equipment and emergency procedures.

It is possible that these sessions can be completed in 2 full days, but it should be recognised those with limited map experience may need longer than 2 days to pass the assessment. The assessment will take place in the afternoon of session 2.

Venues for the sessions will likely be small hills in Aberdeenshire, Bennachie, Clachnaben, Scolty Hill or Hill of Fare. Session 1 will start indoors, the remainder of the training will be outdoors.


Please contact us to register your interest in this event. Current dates for 2018 are as follows but we also welcome bespoke sessions for small groups. Candidates can choose to split the sessions, maximum group size on any course is 8.

  • Session 1: 2nd April, 14th July & 15th September.
  • Session 2: 3rd April, 15th July & 16th September.