Expedition Providers Association
C/o The Kiln
Grange Road



GU10 1DJ

Tel:  01483 810785

Fax: 01483 810223

If you'd like to become a member, please use our contact form.

The EPA Code of Practice defines an expedition as:


“Overseas travel that involves a deliberate element of risk, challenge or adventure and requires specialist skills for its safe management”. 


These can range from a 1-4 weeks in duration and include in their programme: treks in remote regions in challenging terrain, ascents of mountains, journeys by foot, horse, kayak, bike, camel, raft, cultural projects often with remote village communities or other cultural or adventure activities


Most EPA programmes are at the lower challenge end of this range, and only differ from  a more traditional school trip in that they specifically include an element of risk such as a project, or an activity provided by a third party provider, such as white water rafting. 


Expeditions will have a UK leader who will have overall responsibility for the management of all activities that form part of an expedition programme even if the activity is being delivered by a third party provider 


Expedition Leaders are required to have the experience and knowledge to manage all aspects of an expedition programme.


Note: In order to be compliant, all EPA members are externally assessed. EPA does not recognise self-assessement by non-members.

EPA is the awarding body for the LOtC Quality Badge for Overseas Expeditions. For further information regarding the LOtC visit the LOtC Website.


To view the LOtC Quality Badge indicators, please click here.



EPA Quality Badge Download
EPA Code of Practice Version 3.5.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [195.0 KB]
EPA Standard Conformity Check List
EPA Standard Conformity Check List.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [28.8 KB]
EPA Leader Maxtrix
Leader Matrix Annex E.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [21.3 KB]
LOtC Quality Badge Application Form
EPA Application Form 2016-17.doc
Microsoft Word document [50.5 KB]
Notes New Applicant Year 1

All Subsequent Years Until 2018

Applicant fees (full amount

due at the time of inspection)

1-5 expeditions (all owner

led £700 & VAT

£420 & VAT

Existing holders of the EPA LOtC

QB will not be required to pay the

"new applicant fee"





1-5 expeditions (led by

others) £1,800 & VAT

£1,200 & VAT

51-499 Pax

£3,500 & VAT

£2,300 & VAT

500-2,000 Pax

£4,600 & VAT

£3,000 & VAT

Over 2001 Pax

£5,700 & VAT

£3,800 & VAT
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