GB2 Instructor Training Program Bundle
The GB2 Instructor Training Program (Wilderness) is designed to teach the necessary wilderness skills to develop a safe, credible, and successful school/business within the wilderness survival/bushcraft industry. The Instructor Training course is meant to teach and develop you as an instructor and a business owner running your own school/business. Some of the most highly proficient candidates that successfully complete the ITP may be invited to apply for a position as an AI (Assistant Instructor) for the Gray Bearded Green Beret LLC. Due to the limited number of available positions, not all candidates that successfully complete the course will be invited to apply for a paid position with GB2. The primary focus is to enable you in your own business as a Wilderness Skills/Bushcraft/Survival Instructor.
Please note that this GB2 Instructor Training Program Bundle package is 100% non-refundable at any time.
Instructor Candidate (31 Training Days)
Focus is on developing foundational core skills with an expectation of additional practice time on all the skills covered in Core Skills Courses. Travel and/or lodging is not included in the instructor training program bundle.
- Wilderness Skills Course (4 days) Retail Cost: $749.99
- Bushcraft Skills Course (4 days) Retail Cost: $749.99
- Primitive Skills Course (4 days) Retail Cost: $749.99
- Winter Skills Course (4 days) Retail Cost: $749.99
- Wilderness Medicine (WFR or BWLS minimum) (7 days) Retail Cost: $849.99
- Master Navigator Course (4 days) Retail Cost: $749.99
- Train the Trainer Course (4 Days) Retail Cost: $749.99
The focus of the Train the Trainer Course shifts to actual course curriculum and development, principles of adult learning, principles of instruction, business, and marketing.
***Please note that Bushcraft, Primitive, Wilderness Medicine, Master Navigator and Train the Trainer Events will not be listed until 2022. This instructor program is a long-term commitment. There is also no time limit to complete the entire program. It could take you 1-2 years, or it could take you 10 years. It is essentially self-paced on when/where you are able to attend specific events. ***
Apprentice Instructor (31 OJT Days)
Focus is on course development and administration as well as interpersonal and teaching skills with students and student/course management and safety. Apprentices will not pay tuition for attending events for OJT (On-the-job-training) but will be responsible for travel, meals, and incidental expenses. Students in the Apprentice role will not be paid. Apprentices are expected to arrive two days prior to the course with the rest of the cadre to assist with and learn course setup and will be given opportunities to instruct certain blocks of instruction to actual students.
- OJT Wilderness Skills Course
- OJT Bushcraft Skills Course
- OJT Primitive Skills Course
- OJT Winter Skills Course
- OJT Wilderness Medicine Course
- OJT Master Navigator Course
Final Instructor Eval (4 Days) Retail Cost: $749.99
The Final Instructor Eval is the culminating exercise that must be successfully completed prior to receiving the GB2 Instructor Certification. Due to the decentralized and self-paced structure of the Instructor Training Program as a whole, each individual instructor candidate/apprentice will complete the minimum requirements at different times, often over the course of more than a year. The Final Instructor Eval will be used to ensure proficiency in all tasks has been maintained over that duration prior to certification. This course is at the student’s expense for tuition and travel and are included in the original package discount if applicable. All Instructor Candidate and Apprentice Instructor Modules must be completed prior to being invited to attend the Final Instructor Eval.
This course outlines minimum requirements for successful completion of the Instructor Training Program. Instructor Candidates and Apprentices should also seek out additional elective training to further enhance their capabilities as a competent, proficient, and credible instructor. Seminars, Workshops, Digital Training, and environment-specific courses are also highly recommended as they become available.
Course Tuition: Retail Cost: $6,099.92
Package Discount: $5,600.00
(Plus 20% off for GB2 Members) *You must be a member first. GB2 does not provide retroactive discounts.
Instructor Training courses can also be taken on a “pay-as-you-go” basis. GB2 Members enjoy a 20% off discount every day which is the best approach for receiving the same discount as the package without the upfront investment. Full GB2 Instructor Training Program package discounts are 100% nonrefundable. The Instructor Training Program is self-paced and has no time limit for completion of requirements. Students are responsible for and expected to maintain proficiency in all tasks from each course throughout completion.
This will be evaluated often during the Apprenticeship and during the Final Instructor Eval. Students that do not successfully complete any given portion of the course will be required to repeat that course until successful completion. This will be at the student’s expense when applicable unless it is determined by the cadre that it was no fault of their own and that they should be allowed to recycle into the next available opportunity. This may include, but not be limited to medical emergencies or circumstances outside the student’s control and is at the sole discretion of the cadre. Lack of proficiency, poor physical fitness resulting in an inability to complete the course, training refusals (not participating in any portion of the course), integrity violations (cheating), or voluntarily withdrawing (quitting) from a course will not be considered for recycle and may result in the removal of the student from the program (non-refundable).
Instructor Training students that fail to show the required level of proficiency and successfully complete assigned tasks to the Instructor Level (High Standard) during the Final Instructor Evaluation will not receive their certification and will be required to repeat the Final Instructor Evaluation at a later date. Packing lists for the individual courses may vary, but for the most part the same baseline gear for the student will be used for each of the Core Courses (generally each course in the progression actually reduces the amount of gear that must be brought).
Is there a deadline or completion date for instructor training?
No. It is possible to complete the full curriculum in 2 years, but you may take as long as you wish. The Final Eval and Train the Trainer courses are typically held at the end of a calendar year.
What are the gear requirements for instructor training?
For a comprehensive list, it's best to review the required packing lists for each course in the program. You will need those items for those courses, but they do not have to be purchased at once, in advance, and often gear you already own covers some of those requirements.
Does successful completion of the Instructor Training Program mean I'll work for GB2?
No. The program is designed to set you up for success in starting your own wilderness skills school or business.