Training for IACs

‘Delivering the Award’ Training 2019

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation provides a comprehensive training programme for Award teams from licensed Independent Award Centres (IACs), and for external activity providers. 

For upcoming training opportunities, please click here for training calendar and enrolment form.

The Foundation is launching a new and improved training programme from January 2019.

Who should complete this training:

  • New Award Coordinators
  • New Award Leaders
  • New Adventurous Journey Supervisors (from IACs or external activity providers)
  • New Adventurous Journey Assessors (from IACs or external activity providers)
  • New Award Verifiers

This training will replace the existing Award Leader Training (ALT) and Supervisor and Assessor Training (SAT).

It will be delivered in two phases; Level 1 and Level 2. The core Level 1 and Level 2 programme will equip successful delegates with the knowledge and skill to act as Award Leader and as Adventurous Journey Supervisor and Adventurous Journey Assessor. Optional extra modules will prepare delegates to become an Award Coordinator, or an Award Verifier.

From January 2019 completion of Level 1 will make an Award team at a new IAC eligible to begin delivering the Award, in advance of attending a face-to-face training workshop with the Foundation.[1] (Subsequent completion of Level 2 by at least 2 members of the Award team will be required within 6 months.)

Please note: Previous completion of ALT and SAT training will continue to be recognised, and so there will not be any requirement for existing trained Award team members at any IAC to re-train.

Level 1 Training

Mandatory completion for:
  • Award Leader
  • Award Coordinator
  • AJ Assessor
  • AJ Supervisor
  • Award Verifier

Level 1 Award Training will be available free of charge and comprised solely of online learning modules and downloadable e-resources, making it fully accessible throughout the year to all adults involved in the Award, regardless of location. 

The Level 1 course will be hosted on our Online Learning Hub from early January 2019, and its expected duration will be approximately 4 hours in total. It is split into two manageable parts:

  • Level 1: Award Induction
  • Level 1: Award Delivery Training 

It will introduce delegates to the component parts of the Award, while also giving information about the knowledge, skills, behaviours and tools which will be useful for delivering the Award.

We also encourage all other adults involved in the Award to take part – including Licence Holders and other staff/volunteers who find themselves indirectly supporting a participant’s Award journey through their engagement with them.

Level 2 Training

 
Mandatory completion for:
  • Award Leader
  • Award Coordinator
  • AJ Assessor
  • AJ Supervisor
  • Award Verifier

Level 2 will be comprised of two mandatory elements:

  • Level 2: Adventurous Journey Pre-Learning (available on the Online Learning Hub)
  • Level 2: Delivering the Award Workshop (delivered in a classroom setting)

It will deliver more advanced learning to build on the knowledge gained during Level 1. It will also provide in-depth guidance on the requirements of the Adventurous Journey section.  The Delivering the Award Workshop is an instructor-led course facilitated by the Foundation. Click here for more details.

Upon successful completion of Level 2, delegates will be certified as:

  • Award Leader
  • Adventurous Journey Supervisor
  • Adventurous Journey Assessor

 The Level 2 training fee for 2019 is 200 GBP/270 USD/225 EUR

Details on locations, dates and how to enrol can be found here: 

 

Delivering the Award

Please note that the right to deliver the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award remains subject to licence. The Award can only be delivered to participants by an Award team at a licensed Independent Award Centre (IAC).If you currently represent an IAC:

  • Upon completion of Level 1 and Level 2 training, you will be eligible to act in the roles of Award Leader, AJ Supervisor and AJ Assessor at that IAC, or at another IAC should you choose to move.

If you currently represent an external activity provider:

  • Upon completion of training, you will be eligible to act in the roles of Supervisor or Assessor while you/your organisation are contracted by a licensed IAC to deliver an Adventurous Journey with their Award participants.
  • You will be certified as an Award Leader, but may only take up such a role should you begin to work at an organisation that is licensed as an IAC.

Licence Requirements

To be eligible to deliver the Award, the Basic IAC licence requires each IAC to have a minimum of 2 team members fully trained as:

  • Award Leaders and
  • AJ Supervisors/AJ Assessors

Previous completion of ALT and SAT training will continue to be recognised, and so there will not be any requirement for existing trained Award team members at any IAC to re-train.

Please note that all adults acting in the role of Award Leader, or as AJ Supervisor or AJ Assessor, must become fully trained: either in ALT or SAT respectively under the old framework; or at Level 1 and Level 2 under the new framework.

 **Note for NEW IACs**

An Award team at an IAC will be granted access to Level 1 via the Online Learning Hub, and become eligible to enrol for Level 2, as soon as their Basic IAC Licence has been granted and their Annual Licence Fee has been paid in full.

From January 2019, completion of Level 1 by at least two members of the Award team at a new IAC will make the IAC eligible to begin delivering the Award, in advance of attending a face-to-face training workshop with the Foundation.[1] Subsequent completion of Level 2 by at least 2 members of the Award team (including attendance at a face-to-face workshop) will be required within 6 months.

 

[1] Subject to successful completion of the ongoing pilot project.