DofE Expedition Assessor accreditation scheme

Thousands of Cadets take on the DofE (Duke of Edinburgh) award every year, in fact we’re the schemes largest participant!

The Expedition Assessor Accreditation Scheme (EAAS) provides DofE Expedition Assessors with a clear and consistent understanding of their role and responsibilities. Both existing and new expedition assessors can become accredited by the DofE and nationally recognised.

The scheme consists of a number of stages:

1. Prerequisites
Candidates must have attended an introduction to the award course or be able to accredit appropriate prior learning. They must be technically competent in the mode of travel and terrain they wish to assess in. They must be over 18 and be CRB cleared.

2. Application
Candidates must first complete an application form, available from Wing DofE Officers and send it to Headquarters Air Cadets (HQAC) via their Wing DofE Officer.

3. Pre-course learning
On receipt of their application, candidates will be given a link to an on-line pre-course learning package, which takes about 30 minutes to work through. There are two tests to be completed and a pass certificate printed out.

4. Attend a one-day course
Candidates will attend a one-day course covering the assessment process, and work through a number of case studies involving possible situations an assessor may be faced with. This course will be run at regional level.

5. (Gold Assessors only) – Gold Module
Those who are competent to work at Gold level may work through the Gold module, another on-line training package.

6. Supported assessment
All candidates will undertake at least one supported assessment at the level they are competent at, and using the mode of travel they wish to assess. This will be supervised by an approved accredited assessor.

Successful completion of the supported assessment will give the candidate full accreditation for 5 years. Provided they assess regularly during the period renewal should be straightforward.

It is intended that in due course, anyone wishing to assess DofE Expeditions will have to be accredited under the scheme. While this is some years away, any member who intends to assess expeditions should register for the scheme as soon as they can.

Already an experienced assessor?

You can apply to transfer to the new scheme without attending the course. If you think you may fall into this category then contact your Wing DofE Officer.

For more information about the scheme, visit the DofE Award website (opens in a new window)

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