Foraging Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

Foraging for wild food is a skill that many have lost, but until relatively recently, this was how we survived. Perhaps this is why so many people fall deeply in love with foraging because it reawakens an innate skill. It’s not our fault that we don’t know how to do it. Most of us weren’t taught. But it’s a valuable skill and a skill that people are drawn to for many reasons. What’s drawing you to foraging? With a diverse range of plants and suggested uses, there’ll be plenty in this online Foraging Course to inspire you, including home remedy suggestions and foraging tips to enhance your skillset.

You’ll start the Foraging Course with an introduction to the subject of looking for wild food. We’ll ask you to consider why people forage and then furnish you with some basic botany information. You’ll look at safety and legal considerations regarding picking food from the wild and finally, you’ll look at various ways to preserve what you pick.

Weeds are a gift to the forager (if not the gardener), you’ll look at uses for a number of very common weeds. You’ll then dive into the fungus kingdom, learning how to identify both edible and psychotropic mushrooms. The edible mushrooms are divided into woodland dwellers and those that grow among grass to help you focus your searches.

How you forage and what you forage for will change throughout the course of a year. The Foraging Course sets you off on a journey through the seasons, starting, naturally, in the Spring. You’ll learn about spring greens, edible flowers and spring tonics. We’ll give you a nudge to try some new punchy flavours and to stretch your identification and collection skills by looking for plants like Hogweed and Pignut.

You will learn about a generous range of Summer plants and the changing seasons as you enter Autumn and then Winter. You’ll learn how to make the most of the final root, berry and nut harvests before your choices drop back in Winter. But don’t worry, there are a few more new plants for you to find and try in the deep mid-Winter!

It’s then on to psychotropic plants – those incredible plants whose active constituents can alter the way we feel by interacting with our nervous system. You’ll explore both the gentle, relaxing plants that can help you sleep, then the stimulants and, on the other end of the psychotropic scale, the tropane alkaloid hallucinogenic plants.

There are enough suggestions and inspiration on the topic of trees in the Foraging Course to keep the novice forager busy all year, as you explore fruit, bark, leaves, sap and more! You’ll also look to the seaside to discover coastal and seashore plants, and seaweeds. You’ll even branch into carnivorous territory as you learn to find some shellfish.

The course finishes with a celebration of the art of making drinks from your foraged finds – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. No matter your tastes, there’s something for everyone here and hopefully, it will get your creative juices flowing.

So, check the weather forecast for some dry weather, pick a sunny day and ready, steady, forage!

Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: First-Time Foraging
  • Part 2: The Forager’s Year
  • Part 3: The Importance of Botany
  • Part 4: Forage Safely, Legally and With Conservation in Mind
  • Part 5: Preserve Your Harvests
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Ultimate Free Food
  • Part 2: Dandelion – A Plant of Many Parts
  • Part 3: The Plantains
  • Part 4: Chickweed
  • Part 5: More Bountiful Weeds
  • Part 6: Foraging Skills – Make Your Own Basket
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Mushroom
  • Part 2: Into the Woods…
  • Part 3: Mushrooms in Fields and Meadows
  • Part 4: Psychotropic Mushrooms
  • Part 5: Other Mushrooms
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Spring Salads
  • Part 2: Edible Flowers – Eating with Your Eyes
  • Part 3: Punchy Flavours
  • Part 4: Hogweed and Pignut
  • Part 5: Spring Tonics
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Summer Flowers
  • Part 2: Summer Greens and Roots
  • Part 3: Summer Berries
  • Part 4: Foraging Skills – Avoiding Poisonous Plants
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: Foraging in the Golden Months of Autumn
  • Part 2: Roots to Forage for in Autumn
  • Part 3: Berries and Nuts
  • Part 4: Winter Wonders
  • Part 5: Foraging Skills – The Fire
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Mind-Altering and Misunderstood
  • Part 2: The Plants Waiting to Relax You
  • Part 3: Psychotropic Benefits
  • Part 4: Stimulating Plants
  • Part 5: The Tropane Alkaloid Psychotropics
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Crab Apples
  • Part 2: Medlars, Plum and Damson Trees
  • Part 3: Rowan Trees, Wild Cherry and Blackthorn
  • Part 4: Lime Trees and Beech
  • Part 5: Horse Chestnut and Ash
  • Part 6: Birch
  • Part 7: Pine
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Seashells and Shellfish on the Seashore
  • Part 2: Conservation Considerations
  • Part 3: Food for Free by the Sea
  • Part 4: Seashore Plants
  • Part 5: Seafood on the Seashore
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Elder Drinks Cabinet
  • Part 2: Blackberries and Raspberries
  • Part 3: Dandelion and Burdock – a Classic Combination
  • Part 4: The Abundance of Heather
  • Part 5: Offerings from the Oak Tree
  • Part 6: Hops, Juniper and Sloes
  • Part 7: Pineapple Weed
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

Anyone interested in the near-forgotten skill of foraging needs this course. The ultimate companion to the great outdoors and the plethora of uses of that which nature provides willingly, you’ll never look at flora and fungi in the same way again.

If you are even a little outdoorsy, love nature or follow an organic or sustainable-living focussed lifestyle, you’ll love what the Foraging Course has to offer.

Foraging Diploma Course
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The Foraging Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

Many Centre of Excellence courses are Fully Accredited by the world’s leading professional membership association for natural medicine – The Complementary Medical Association (The CMA).

You can apply to join The CMA as a Student Member while you are still studying, and if you do so you will be eligible to use the post nominal letters SCMA after your name.

Upon graduation from a CMA Registered course you will be eligible to apply for CMA Membership and this will give you numerous professional benefits including being able to use the letters MCMA after your name – Member of The Complementary Medical Association. This will demonstrate your commitment to excellence and professionalism in the natural healthcare field.

Register with The CMA as a Student or fully qualified Practitioner via The CMA website where you will be asked to submit your certificate of graduation, and proof of insurance.

The CMA’s recommended insurers are Westminster global.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £25).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through their awarding organisations they have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. They are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Their knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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