Specialist training

A chance to try something new and different

When you have completed your basic training in the ACF you may want to follow your interests and take specialist courses which can help you lead a range of cadet activities. Training is usually free or heavily subsidised and many courses lead to recognised qualifications, of use outside of the cadet world.

Here are just a few examples of the specialist qualifications on offer:

Leadership Training
Volunteers have the opportunity to study with CVQO for a City & Guilds or ILM qualification in Leadership and Management (and the opportunity to celebrate their achievement at one of our prestigious annual graduation events). These qualifications are offered at a fraction of the cost of an equivalent commercially available course and go as high as a Level 7 Membership award, equivalent to a Master’s degree.

Adventurous Training
Our centre of excellence, the Cadet Centre for Adventurous Training, at Capel Curig in Wales, exists to ensure we have enough qualified and skilled instructors to deliver a full range of adventurous training opportunities to cadets. The Centre provides a pathway for adult volunteers to gain National Governing Body accredited qualifications in mountaineering (summer, winter, alpine), hill walking, canoeing (kayak, canoe, sea), caving, climbing (rock and winter), mountain biking and skiing. Our costs are kept as low as possible and certainly well below the cost of getting such training from a commercial provider.

Expeditions
The Expedition Leadership Management workshop covers issues involved in organising expeditions to far-flung destinations, such as visa applications, respecting local customs and even acclimatising to altitude.

Sports
The Sports Leaders UK Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership provides the ideal foundation for those wishing to lead groups in sporting and recreational activities and is widely used by those employed in education, youth work, and recreation.

First Aid
The First Aid at Work HSE-approved course covers the practical skills needed by a first aider in the modern workplace and provides the confidence and knowledge to deal with first aid emergencies.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
DofE is recognised the world over as a leading development programme for young people and the Army Cadet Force is one of its largest operating authorities in the United Kingdom. It is open to young people aged 14-25 and over 2,000 members of the ACF complete one of its Awards each year.

Public Relations
The Army Cadet Force PR Training Team exists to train adult members of the ACF in public relations and promotional skills, to help them draw attention to the cadets’ activities in the local community. As well as introductory and development courses, the Team also runs a series of specialist courses in event management; writing for the web, blogs and social media; digital photography; using new media; using video; broadcast interview training and audio blogging; and newsletter and marketing writing, design and production.

To apply to join, and to find out more about how you can can develop your skills with the Army Cadet Force, fill out our online enquiry form.