Do you want to enrich the lives of young people?

Delivering the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award provides this opportunity.

Award Leaders in action

What is an Award Leader?

An Award Leader is an adult who works with youth as part of a larger organisation, such as a high school or organisation such as Scouts, Guides, Cadets – who are licensed as an Award Unit. An Award Leader helps participants to access the life-changing experience of the Award and mentors them as they choose activities, set goals, and work towards completing their Award.

As an Award Leader, you will be the key point of contact, and support, for young people taking part in the Award. The Award team will support you with training, access to resources and support materials, and any questions you have along the way.

Join us in creating opportunity for any young person to achieve their Award. Help them take the reins, step out of their comfort zones, go somewhere they never imagined, learn something they never thought they could do, and turn potential into accomplishment.

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What does an Award Leader do?

Manages participants in the Award and helps them get started

Supports participants to understand the Award sections and use the Online Record Book

Mentors and supports participants to complete their Award

Signs-off completed activities via the Online Record Book

Celebrates achievements and presents participants with completed Awards

Keeps up to date with Award requirements and changes

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Who can be an Award Leader?

Anyone over the age of 18 can apply to become an Award Leader, as long as they are a part of an Award Unit. If your school or organisation is not currently running the Award, you can contact us to become an Award Unit (an organisation/school with a licence to deliver The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award). Anyone wanting to become an Award Leader will need to complete a short online training course and meet the Award’s police vetting requirements.


  1. Complete the Award Leader training modules
  2. Be police vetted by the Award every two years and comply with the Award’s Police Vetting Policy.
  3. Work by the Ara Taiohi Code of Ethics
  4. Work according to your Award Unit’s Safety Management System
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What are the benefits of becoming an Award Leader?

There is a significant amount of value created for adults in New Zealand, who support the delivery of the Award in a variety of ways.

Keen to become an Award Leader?

For information on the next steps please contact us.

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