TAP facts


What does being a Trained Activity Provider (TAP) mean 

Trained Activity Providers listed on the directory are organizations that have been subject to a check by the Provincial Office. 
This check is a due diligence process that occurs when an organization applies to be included in the Directory.  The Directory does not involve the continuous monitoring of the Activity Provider. It is a one-off check. The inclusion on the Directory for a Trained Activity Provider is reviewed annually. 
The Directory check requires Trained Activity Providers to be familiar with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and readily understand the program requirements and conditions of the relevant Section(s) of the Award. The check also includes verifying the Trained Activity Provider complies with all required legislation related to providing the nomination activity(s). 

The inclusion on the Directory confirms that the Ontario Office has checked that: 
1. The Trained Activity Provider is a legal entity; 
2. The Trained Activity Provider has a working knowledge of the Award and its requirements – this involves reference checks with Award Centres who have used the Trained Activity Provider’s services for their Award, as well as requiring the Trained Activity Provider complete Award Leader Level 1 Training; 
3. The Trained Activity Provider has been providing services for Award Participants for several years. 
4. The Trained Activity Provider complies with all industry standards. 
5. The Trained Activity Provider signs the Volunteer Code of Conduct either as individuals or on behalf of the organization in whole; and 
6. The Trained Activity Provider has insurance 

This Directory does not assure the financial stability of the Trained Activity Provider, nor does it assure the adequacy of their insurance coverage as an organization nor for those using its services. 

Organizations are not required to be on this Directory to deliver activities suitable for the Award. 

The primary purpose of the Directory is to assist Award Centres, Participants and parents/guardians in sourcing Trained Activity Providers that have a clear understanding of the Award. 
The Award Centre is an entity that delivers the Award to young people and is run by an Award Leader/Award Coordinator. The Award Centre is responsible for approving all activities and the people involved in assessing activity for their Award Participants. The Award Centre approves an Assessor for each Section of the Award. This Assessor may be from the Trained Activity Provider, but this is not a requirement. 

The Award Leader has the final say on the suitability and relevance of a Trained Activity Provider for their Award Participants. Participants or their parent/guardian must first have the approval of their Award Centre/Award Leader before booking with a Trained Activity Provider, regardless of whether the organization is included in this Directory. When booking on to an activity such as an expedition, the Award Centre and in turn the Participant/parent/guardian is responsible for evaluating the health and safety, and suitability of the activity being provided as it is a private contract with the Trained Activity Provider. 

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