Myself and two pals have just enjoyed a great weekend attending a thoroughly brilliant DSC1 course organised for us (and 7 other candidates) by Jamie Allen of Yorkshire Deer Management and delivered brilliantly by Paul Crehan a BASC Deer Assessment Center accredited Assessor. I can thoroughly recommend this course from the quality of the advanced training materials sent out, to Paul's special blend of training methodology, discipline, disarming humor and pragmatism. I develop training and trainers as part of my job and I have rarely seen a trainer pick up on (and effectively address) the varying knowledge gaps of a group so fluidly.
I can assure you I have no affiliation other than having thoroughly enjoyed myself and I can recommend these guys unreservedly.
I've seen a few posts from North East members looking for a local arrangement and it took us just over an hour to get from South Shields to the venue at Wath which was around a mile off the A1.