National Office Virtual Award Centre
Participants who are unable to do their Award through a local school, group or other organisation can do their Award through the National Office Virtual Award Centre.
Completing the Award this way does require the participant to be self-motivated and to seek out opportunities themselves.
It is the participants responsibility to find suitable activities for each section of the Award that meet all the Award criteria.
Unlike some Award Units, the National Office Virtual Award Centre does not run any component of the Adventurous Journey Section. Any participant completing their Award through the National Office Virtual Award Centre must complete their Adventurous Journey Section through one of the listed Accredited Award Providers on our website here.
The National Office is Level 3 Social Sector Accredited by the Ministry of Social Development and all staff are police vetted every two years.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0800 69 29 27
How to get started with the National Office Virtual Centre
Step 1 Decide which level of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award programme you would like to do – this will depend on your age and time commitments.
Step 2 Register on the Online Record Book (ORB) - https://www.onlinerecordbook.org/fo/ - to do the Award and select the National Office Virtual Award Centre as your Award Unit.
Step 3 Decide what you are going to do for each section of your Award programme and find an appropriate assessor for each section. Get your activities verified by the National Office Virtual Award Centre provided they meet the Award requirements.
Step 4 Get started! Don’t forget to log your progress on the ORB and ask your Assessors to sign off each section as you complete them.
Step 5 Once your Award programme is complete, submit this for sign off by the National Office Virtual Award Centre where your activity will be verified as complete as per the Award framework requirements. You will be mailed your certificate and badge.