The Expedition Assessor Accreditation Scheme (EAAS) provides the opportunity for new Expedition Assessors to have their training, skills and learning accredited by the DofE and nationally recognised.The programme has been designed to provide Expedition Assessors with a clear and consistent understanding of their role and responsibilities.
The Benefits of being an Accredited Expedition Assessor. You will:
- have a clear understanding of your role and responsibilities as an Expedition Assessor.
- increase your knowledge of the Expedition section.
- have the opportunity to network with other Expedition Assessors.
- achieve a nationally recognised accreditation.
- have, once accredited, the Expedition Assessor’s ID card, which gives you a 20% discount at Cotswold stores across the UK.
- be qualified to assess in a variety of situations and locations across the UK.
EAAS in detail
The scheme trains and accredits people who want to assess Bronze, Silver and Gold expeditions in the UK.
See an outline diagram of the route to becoming a DofE Accredited Expedition Assessor:
Full Description of the Route to Accreditation
There are a number of steps towards achieving accreditation:
1. Application to join the EAAS
Those applying will need to have completed the DofE's online e-induction and have a letter of completion. They must at least 18 years old, and have appropriate outdoor skills or qualifications where required. The activities undertaken by an Expedition Assessor are considered ‘regulated activity’. They must therefore have completed the relevant national disclosure. For Gold only, familiarity with at least one area of Gold expedition operation is required - this may include coastal waters or inland rivers. An administration fee (see above for current amount) will be included in the course fee (the administration fee is waived for Assessor Network members).
2. Pre-course learning
Everyone will need to complete the pre-course learning which is an e-learning module that will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. It covers the role of the Assessor, the Expedition Assessor Accreditation Scheme, the principles and practicalities of the Expedition section and a look at some of the soft skills required for the role.
Gold and Bronze/Silver Wild County Pre-course learning
In addition, those wishing to assess Gold expeditions, or Bronze/Silver expeditions in wild country, will need to complete the Gold module online learning. This covers wild country notifications, Assessor Networks and other areas associated with assessing at this level.
All online modules are available at www.DofEtraining.org
NOTE: Upon entering the online learning, your computer will automatically check to see that you have the latest version of the Flash Player installed. If you do not have the right software, you will be directed to a site where you can download it for free. This information may be displayed in the yellow information bar near the top of your browser window.
The current administration fee is £5.20
3. Expedition Assessors Course
Complete a one day course covering all the parts of the role and responsibilities of Expedition Assessors.
4. Supported assessment
Assessors will need to undertake a supported assessment supported by a DofE approved Supporting Assessor. There is a set of DofE approved performance criteria by which potential Assessors will be measured. This must be completed within two years of attending the Assessors Course.
5: Accreditation and Reaccreditation
Providing the potential Assessor meets the criteria they will be accepted for accreditation.
Upon accreditation Assessors will be given an ID card, certificate and ID card holder. Note: reaccreditation is required for all Assessors every five years.
If you wish to transfer from an accredited Bronze/Silver Assessor to an accredited Gold Assessor, please complete the following form:
Expedition Assessors need to be reaccredited every five years in order to continue in the role. This can be done by completing the following form:
Moving Between LO/AN/AAPs
Assessors who move their assessment registration from one LO/AN/AAP to another (e.g. when moving to a different part of the country), or who wish to assess for multiple LO/AN/AAPs must complete the following form:
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If you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact your DofE Regional/Country office.