We’ve reached the end of a very successful 3 years of the SCF Training Programme so there will be a break now in courses while we hope for funding approval to continue later in 2016.


to the 1873 people who took part in 2124 training days on 85 different subjects! As well as the 150 tutors, 24 local course directors, and staff and volunteers at SCF, who made it all possible.

Between now and any new training programme we’ll be planning and preparing even more learning opportunities for crofters and smallholders and anyone interested in rural skills!
We look forward to meeting you, or seeing you again, soon!
Tina Hartley & Lucy Beattie

(Training Project Managers)
Barbara Thayer
(Accounts Administrator)
Donna Williamson
(Training Clerk)

Group Training

The Scottish Crofting Federation offers a number of training opportunities, supported with funding from the Scottish Government's Skills Development Scheme and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Training is available for aspiring, new and existing crofters and open to anyone with an interest in learning more about rural skills and crofting. The training courses are aimed at people interested in developing knowledge and skills in crofting, both for new entrants and to support existing crofters in best practice and improving performance.

Let us know your training needs. What courses would you like to see running and where? Let us know by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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NEW!!  Training in Crofting for Conservation Professionals.
Working in partnership with the Foundation for Common Land we have developed new courses for conservation and agency staff from Autumn 2015.  Including Hill livestock management, agri-environment schemes, croft business economics and common grazings management.  

Isle of Raasay - 10th March start 6pm, 11th March finish 5pm

This course is now full, but you can get in touch to add your name to the waiting list for future courses!

To book a place please contact Lucy Beattie: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 01854 612311

For more information please click here

Practical Skills Crofting Courses

Entry Level Crofting Induction Courses

Entry Level Crofting Induction Course - Information


This course is designed for new entrants, recent assignees, aspirant crofters and anyone wishing to know more about modern crofting.

This course has proved to be very popular over the past 15 years and acclaimed by past students and tutors alike. It is delivered by the Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) a founder member of the "Highlands and Islands Crofter and Small Landholders Training Panel". The panel is a partnership arrangement comprising SCF, Forestry Commission Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Lantra (Sector Skills Council for Land Based Industries), Scottish Agricultural College, Scottish Natural Heritage and Crofting Commission.

Course tutors are drawn from organisations having statutory and advisory responsibilities in crofting, environment or small business. There is no assumption made of prior knowledge and participants will be led from the most basic level to a point that gives a broad, informed and up to date view of present day crofting.  Each student will be provided with supporting handouts, brochures/leaflets and recommendations for further reading, help and advice. Students are awarded a certificate for successfully completing this course.

The Entry Level Crofting Induction courses are classroom based and available as an intensive two day session.

They take place at various locations throughout the Highlands and Islands during the autumn and winter months.

For more detailed information on the session contents please click here to download synopsis in pdf , and for some general background reading on crofting and some of the course topics please click here .

To make an enquiry or register an interest in future Entry Level training courses please get in touch using the contact details below.  The course costs £60, (£50 for SCF members/concessions).

E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or contact SCF HQ by telephone on 01599 530 005.

Quotes from previous participants:

"Excellent value for money, excellent course content, very happy student!"

"Fantastic course, I've thoroughly enjoyed it"

"I will be sure to recommend the course to anyone interested in crofting"

Practical Skills Training Programme- Information

Aspiring, new and existing crofters may also be interested in the range of practical skills training sessions offered by SCF.  These are open to anyone with an interest in developing rural skills involved in running a croft or smallholding. The training is divided into 6 different units, participants can concentrate on courses in a particular unit of interest or attend a wide range of courses to suit individual needs. The units, and some example training days, are as follows:

  • Crofting Livestock (sheep shearing; lambing; basic livestock husbandry)
  • Croft Land Management (fencing; pest control; soil analysis; equipment use)
  • Crofting Conservation and Environment (muirburn; improving grassland; managing wetland)
  • Crofter Forestry (coppicing; structural support for trees; deer management)
  • Crofter Horticulture (use of polytunnels; crop disorders; soft fruit growing)
  • Crofter Heritage Skills (local dry-stone walling styles; thatching)   

Training courses offered will be determined by the level of demand and the availability of appropriate trainers to carry out the sessions.  We would be delighted to hear of training requests from crofters over the next few months, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Upcoming courses will be advertised locally and at the top of this web page so keep checking back for updates.


Please click on the following links for a more extensive list of topics that may be offered:  Livestock Horticulture Forestry , Conservation Land ManagementHeritage.

Booking terms and conditions here .


General enquiries can be made to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by calling SCF HQ on 01599 530 005

Specific enquiries about the programme can be made to: 

Tina Hartley & Lucy Beattie - Training Project Managers 

Scottish Crofting Federation Training HQ 

Unit 4 Mill Street Industrial Estate


IV26 2WN

Tel:01854 612311 

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