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Registering for The Award

Welcome to The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Canada! Registering is the first step towards earning your Award.


For an overview of the Award requirements, please have a look at the 

At A Glance Guide to Completing your Duke of Ed Award.

After registering you will receive a Record Book in which you can record your activities.



Each young person doing the program needs to be registered in one of two ways:

Download a Registration Form or Register Online

There is a $​50 Registration Fee for each level of the program. Activities completed before registration cannot be counted towards an Award. Registrations cannot be backdated.

After registering online, your Record Book will be sent to you, or your Leader if you are an Award Unit Participant, by mail within 4 weeks. During the summer months, all Record Books are mailed to the ​Participant. If after 4 weeks you have not received your Record Book please contact us.

If you lose your Record Book, we can replace it! Contact our office at for help and replacement fees.



Groups and Independents

The Award can be completed in two ways: as a member of an Award Unit, or as an Independent.

​Award Units are generally associated with larger youth organizations, such as schools, community centres, Guides, Scouts or Cadets. In this case an Award Leader will usually help coordinate registration, activities and support group members as they work towards their Award.

Independents work towards their Award on their own or with friends. There is no leader, but ​Participants will still work with Assessors for each section. Around one quarter of ​Participants do the program independently. 

Age Requirements


* If group members turn 14 between Sept 1 and Dec 31, they can start with their group at the beginning of the school year. However, they still need to be 14.5 to complete Bronze.

Participants can start at any level as long as they meet the minimum age requirement. Starting at Silver or Gold is known as Direct Entry.

All activities must be completed by the Participant's 25th birthday.​

Additional Resources:

Participants Brochure | Top 10 Reasons | The Award Impacts