External Accreditation and Licensing

Educational Licensing 

Outward Bound Vietnam is licensed by the Department of Education and Training as an educational provider of life-skills programs in each of the provinces that we operate in. This licensing provides a level of reassurance to schools and parents and indicates we fully comply with the laws and regulations of Vietnam as an educational provider.  

AEE Accredited Programs

Outward Bound Vietnam (OBV) has been awarded the Adventure Programme Accreditation by The Association for Experiential Education (AEE), a prestigious recognition for our experiential learning programme. This achievement also highlights OBV as one of the few adventure programme providers in Asia with this accreditation.
The AEE is a non-profit professional membership association for experiential education with more than 1,700 members from over 25 countries. The Adventure Programme Accreditation is a rigorous evaluation process conducted by independent reviewers to verify an organisation’s ability to adhere to the highest standards in experiential adventure programme quality and safety. By undergoing this strict assessment, we have demonstrated our capability and commitment to international standards in training quality, safety, risk management, and ethical practices.



Outward Bound International Licensing 

Outward Bound Vietnam is fully licensed by Outward Bound International, including having appropriate risk assessment systems, competent staff, equipment and facilities, and a separate advisory Risk Management Committee. An Outward Bound license includes ongoing periodic inspections and site reviews and culminates in being awarded an ongoing Certificate of Endorsement every two years. 


At Outward Bound Vietnam, we aspire to provide genuinely adventurous activities which have an element of real risk. This can only be done by having robust systems of safety and risk management. 

We are aligned with the British Standard 8848: Specification for the provision of visits, fieldwork, expeditions, and adventurous activities outside the United Kingdom (BS 8848: 2014). This conformity has been verified through self-assessment, and this information is available for review as part of a school’s due diligence preparations prior to a program. 

British Standard 8848 enables venture providers to put in place a system to assess and manage risks, covering both the venture itself and the capabilities and experience of venture leaders and participants. British Standard 8848 can also assure participants that venture providers are following good practices to help reduce the risk of injury or illness. 

What is British Standard 8848? 

British Standard 8848 covers organizing and managing visits, fieldwork, expeditions, and adventurous activities outside the United Kingdom. It outlines good practices for venture providers to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone taking part. It shows organizations how to plan ventures, identify potential risks and manage them effectively. It also requires participants to be given clear information to make informed decisions about risks to their safety. 

The standard covers all aspects of the venture – from planning, transport, staff, and accommodation to the activities themselves. 

Download BS 8848 Guide