Approved Activity Providers

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How to become an Approved Activity Provider

An Approved Activity Provider (AAP) is an organisation which has been licensed by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to provide Expedition, Residential and/or Volunteering opportunities to participants. The AAP will have satisfied the DofE that their proposed programme of activity will meet and adhere to the sectional requirements of the DofE.


The AAP licence is a quality standard on an organisation’s programme meeting the programme requirements and sectional conditions of the DofE.

Please note that the AAP licence does not guarantee the suitability of an AAP in terms of health and safety or its financial stability. Licensed Organisations will have their own process for checking the suitability of AAP programmes in terms of health and safety requirements for their young people and they have the final say on the appropriateness of a course in this respect.

Complete an Initial Interest Form

If you are interested in applying to become an AAP, please complete our online Initial Interest form or alternatively get in touch with our AAP Team directly:


Complete our online Initial Interest Form here

Expedition Enquiries: 01753 727 477
Residential / Volunteering Enquiries: 01753 727 483
Email: [email protected]


AAP Information Pack

Please download the AAP information pack to find out more about the benefits, the application process and some frequently asked questions.

Do I need an AAP licence?

It is mandatory for an organisation to hold an Expedition AAP licence in order to run any aspect of the Expedition section. It is however possible to offer activities that may count towards the Residential and/or Volunteering section(s) without an AAP licence.

This guidance document sets out in more detail who needs to hold an Expedition section AAP licence and in what situations one is not required. It also has additional AAP Expedition section specific information.



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