The Duke of Edinburgh's Award licenses external organisations that provide opportunities for the Expedition and Residential sections. These opportunities have been proven to meet our conditions and so can count towards the achievement of an Award. We call these partners Approved Activity Providers (AAPs).
AAPs can be commercial organisations or charities and usually provide a section in its entirety, including accredited assessment and the signing of Keeping Track booklet/eDofE records. As a DofE Leader, you can confidently recommend AAPs to your participants.
The AAP licence is a quality standard on an organisation's programme meeting the programme and sectional requirements 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 using AAPs 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.
Click here to find a list of our current AAPs
Look out for the AAP logo which identifies an organisation as one for our Approved Activity Providers. If an organisation is not listed on our website then they are not an AAP.
Who can deliver DofE expeditions?
The Expedition section must be delivered either directly by Licensed Organisations (LO) through their LO licence or through AAPs. Expeditions not delivered by an LO and their staff/volunteers must be delivered through a licensed AAP. The DofE charity also runs some open expeditions which can be found here