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Award Leader Training

Introduction to the Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award targets young people aged 14 – 24 years old.  The programme is designed by young people to fit their own interests and abilities.  Throughout the programme participants can build confidence, experience new things, develop new skills and friendships.


There are three levels to the Award—Bronze, Silver and Gold and each level has four specific sections that participants need to complete activities in (plus a fifth at Gold level):

 Service – choose a form of service and give practical service to others.  Examples: youth leadership, tree planting, sports coaching, surf life-saving, SPCA volunteer, school librarian

 Skill – choose a hobby, a topic to study or some other leisure interest and follow through regularly to improve your skill or knowledge.  Examples: sports referee, musical instrument, driving licence, learn another language

 Physical Recreation - take up a physical activity and reach a given standard or show improvement. Examples: netball, basketball, rugby, dance, martial arts, walking, swimming, gym

Adventurous Journey - after basic training, including practice journeys, plan and carry out a venture that includes camping or staying in basic accommodation. Examples: tramping, kayaking, sailing, mountain biking, horse riding

Residential Project (Gold level only) – participate in a purposeful event away from home over a period of at least five days.  You should not be with people you know. All overseas and school/sports team/church based residential projects must have pre-approval from National Office prior to going by completing an approval form found here   Examples: Outward Bound, Spirit of New Zealand, WWOOFing, Marae stay, School holiday camps.

An Award Leader’s Responsibilities
  • All registrations are via the Online Record Book (ORB) here  Separate training is available for ORB, please contact us for details.
  • Participants either pay online or pay the Award Unit, depending on how each Award Unit is set up.
  • Registrations cost $86.25 including GST for the Bronze and Silver Awards, $115 including GST for the Gold Award
  • The start date is from the date the participant fills out the online form. This date can be changed in certain circumstances.
Recording Achievement
  • All Award progress is recorded on ORB and needs to be approved by the Award Leader before the activity commences.
  • Awards are checked on the ORB by the Award Leader and are signed off by the Award Leader. Completed Awards are then sent to National Office through the online system for validation and final sign off. 
  • At Bronze and Silver level, certificates and badges are sent out. At Gold level, Awardees can choose to receive their certificates by post or at an Award Ceremony in either Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch or Dunedin.


Award Benefits

Throughout their Award journey, participants –

  • are equipped and empowered to achieve their personal best
  • learn to take responsibility for their goals and choices
  • become connected and a contributor to their community
  • gain life skills such as communication, resilience, leadership, confidence and teamwork – which increases their career opportunities

Plus memories and experiences that last a lifetime!


For more information –

National Office:

Tel: 0800 69 29 27 (+64 4 560 0348)

And facebook page:


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