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Certified Award Leader


Who are Award Leaders?

An Award Leader is the frontline of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award (the Award) and is a person who works, or volunteers, with youth as part of a larger organisation, such as a school, Scouts, Guides, Cadets, or community organisation. An Award Leader is the most important and influential person to young people taking part in the Award and their role is to help young people gain their Award and be recognised for their achievement.


Award Leader Accreditation in New Zealand

    • Has completed, and passed, the Award’s online training modules for Award Leaders.
    • Has met the Child Protection requirements of the Award.


Key attributes of a Certified Award Leaders:

    • Helping young people develop a self-directed programme that meets the requirements of the Award.
    • Supporting young people to use the online resources of the Award.
    • Keeping up-to-date with any changes in the Award programme and communicating these changes to the young people they support.
    • Celebrating achievement through organising presentations for young people who have gained their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
    • Sharing stories and news about their group and participants.
    • Coordinating other Award Leaders and volunteers in their organisation as well as working with external outdoor pursuits providers to ensure that the requirements of the Award are met by the young person.
    • Knowledge of their organisation’s Safety Management System and Child Protection policies and working within these at all times.


Key Skills and Experiences of a Certified Award Leader:

    • Ability to work with young people and support them to develop new skills, self-confidence and engage with their local communities and environment around them.
    • Good organisational and communication skills.
    • Able to use the Award’s online resources including the Online Record Book.
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