If you work in a capacity where you engage with young people on a daily basis, The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award provides an opportunity to help you enhance your developmental programming. We offer a framework that weaves into the fabric of what you do, and together we can enrich the lives of young Canadians even more.

The Award is delivered by paid staff or volunteers with your organization. Before delivering the Award, your group or organization must be able and willing to enter into a licence agreement which ensures you will follow the Award operational principles and won't change the program or alter our brand. Your group must appoint at least one staff member or volunteer as an Award Coordinator who is responsible for setting up and running the Award, and it is recommended that there be at minimum two staff members or volunteers as appointed as Award Leaders.

Your organization will become eligible to deliver the Award with young people as soon as at least 2 team members have completed Level 1 and enrolled to complete Level 2 (on a date within the following 6 months).

How does an Award ​Centre deliver the Award?

​Once your organization is licenced, any volunteers[1] in your organization who will be involved with delivering the Award must register to complete training.

We are committed to ensuring high quality training is in place for Award Leaders and volunteers that deliver the framework. It is the competence and confidence of our Leaders that provides inspirational, top quality experiences for the thousands of young people who aim to achieve an Award.

All volunteers must complete Level 1 training. Level 1 introduces delegates to the components of the Award, and gives information about the knowledge, skills, behaviours and tools which are useful for delivering the Award.

To become a fully qualified Award Leader, Adventurous Journey Supervisor or Adventurous Journey Assessor, ​you will need to complete Level 2 training. You will not be allowed to enroll in a Level 2 workshop if you have not completed Level 1. Level 2 Award Leader Training delivers more advanced learning to build on the knowledge gained during Level 1, and help you gain a deeper understanding of the role of a Leader in progressing young people through the Award levels, and as contributors to young people's success. The workshops will focus on how to effectively support and mentor participants through the Award, in particular:

  • Managing program expectations
  • GROW coaching & mentorship model
  • SMART goal setting
  • Deeper understanding of challenges faced by Award Leaders and Assessors and how to resolve them
  • Deeper understanding of the Adventurous Journey section requirements

1 For the purposes of Award, an adult volunteer is anyone over the age of 18 who assists with Award delivery, either in a paid or unpaid capacity, including Award Leaders, Assistant Leaders, Adventurous Journey Supervisors, and Assessors.

What happens after our volunteers have completed training?

Award Coordinator(s) and Award Leaders work together to mentor participants in designing their Award, setting SMART goals, and organizing group activities for that can count towards the Award in accordance with the Award Framework. For cadet organizations, there is an agreement between the Canadian Armed Forces and the Award where select cadet equivalencies will qualify towards the Award. You can find more information about these equivalencies here.

Each activity a young person undertakes for the Award requires an Assessor, an adult mentor who is experienced in the activity, conducts specific training for that activity, and signs off completion. Assessors are an essential part of the Award journey for a young person, who participants stay in frequent contact with as they work towards their goals.

Award Leaders will help participants identify suitably experienced adult mentors to act as Assessors, and assist participants with providing information to these mentors about the Award and the role of an Assessor.

What else does an Award ​Centre need to deliver the Award?

An Award Centre is responsible to exercise an appropriate duty of care regarding the safety and well-being of participants by establishing and maintaining appropriate Youth Protection and Health and Safety polices that are consistent with and reflect all relevant federal and provincial legislation. The Award Centre must also maintain reasonable and proper insurance coverage in respect of its delivery of the Award.

Supporting young people as they transition into adulthood

The Award is not a sprint, but a marathon. The Award is something undertaken voluntarily by a young person. While ​some young people can complete the Award through effort over consecutive months, others may take longer. In some cases, a young person who sets out to achieve the Award may decide to stop or take a break just because they feel like it, which is okay.

A young person has until their 25th birthday to complete their level, however we are aware some organizations have a maximum age limit for young people they work with. A participant should always have an Award Leader, so we encourage you to have a strategy in place for participants who age-out of your programs, such as designating Award Leaders within your organization to support young people who age-out of your programs while continuing to work on completing their Award.

Register as an Award Leader or Award Centre

As part of a global effort to standardize Award delivery, the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award — Canada is moving towards the standardization of our documents, procedures and training modules in order to better support and deliver the framework through Award ​Centres and their respective Coordinators and Leaders.

Please complete and submit a registration form to the Division Office to get started.