The Certificate of Achievement Q&As
What is the Certificate of Achievement and why is the DofE introducing it?

We’re determined that young people should be able to continue working towards their Awards and have their achievements recognised – but we also know that COVID-19 will leave DofE centres facing real challenges in delivering expeditions and young people accessing residentials over the next academic year.

DofE participants across the UK continue to work hard to complete their Skills, Volunteering and Physical sections during the COVID-19 outbreak.

We want them to be recognised for their amazing efforts and achievements – even if the situation means it’s not possible for them to do their expedition and/or residential and therefore achieve their Award right now.

To that end, we’ve extended our new accolade to formally recognise their dedication and accomplishments: the Certificate of Achievement. Certificates will be available to all participants who have completed their Skills, Volunteering and Physical sections at all Award levels, but haven’t been able to do their expedition and/or residential at Gold because of the pandemic. Any young person who enrols before 31 July 2021 will be eligible for a Certificate of Achievement.

We also know many young people will want to do their expedition and/or residential and complete their programme when it is safe to do so. To help, we’ve introduced various temporary changes to the Expedition section and the Residential section.

Who qualifies for the Certificate of Achievement?

Any participant who enrols between 1 June 2018 and 31 July 2021, has completed their Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections (but not their qualifying expedition) and had them signed off by their Leader, will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

Certificates will be available to all participants who have completed their Skills, Volunteering and Physical sections at all Award levels, but haven’t been able to do their expedition and/or residential at Gold because of the pandemic.

How will a participant receive their Certificate of Achievement?

The Certificate of Achievement is available as a personalised PDF which a young person can print at home. Once their Skills, Volunteering and Physical sections have been approved on eDofE, participants don’t need to take any further action – they will be emailed their personalised Certificate using the email address registered to their eDofE account.

We know that not all young people have access to a printer, and that you may want to celebrate their achievements by presenting them with their Certificate. So,?we’ve added a feature to eDofE?to let Leaders print participants’ Certificates of Achievement on their behalf, on?specially designed paper.

If a young person started their DofE today, could they still receive the Certificate of Achievement?

Yes. Any young person who enrols before 31 July 2021 will be eligible for a Certificate of Achievement.

They can then choose to do their expedition, and residential at Gold, to achieve their DofE Award at a later point. You can still issue separate sectional certificates to those who don’t complete their three sections.

Is it correct that the Certificate of Achievement would be available for Gold level participants who have completed their Skills, Volunteering and Physical sections as well, but that they will need to complete an expedition and residential to achieve their DofE Award?

That’s correct, any participant who enrols between the qualifying dates at any Award level (including Gold) may receive the Certificate of Achievement if they have completed their Skills, Volunteering and Physical sections. To achieve a Gold Award, participants must still complete an expedition and a residential.

Can an Award Verifier still query an Award once it is completed, if a participant has received the Certificate of Achievement?

Yes. Certificates of Achievement will be based on the sections being approved by a participant’s DofE Leader. So, if the participant goes on to complete their remaining sections, each section will still be quality checked by a trained Award Verifier – although the expectation is that the programme requirements will have been met.

Even if a participant receives the Certificate of Achievement, an Award Verifier can still query a completed section and may require changes to be made before the section(s) can be completed and their Award achieved.

One of my participants should have received their Certificate of Achievement but it hasn’t come through yet – why?

We’re sending out Certificates of Achievement every two weeks to the email address that participants have entered on their eDofE account. If a participant hasn’t yet received their Certificate of Achievement, please ask them to check that their email address has been entered correctly and that it is personal to them, not registered on eDofE for other participants.

Can Leaders print high-quality Certificates of Achievement on participants’ behalf?

Yes. While personalised, digital, Certificates of Achievement will be emailed to participants once their Skills, Volunteering and Physical sections are approved, we know not all young people will have access to a printer and that you may wish to celebrate their achievements by presenting them with their Certificate.

We’ve introduced a feature in eDofE to let DofE Leaders print Certificates on behalf of participants onto high-quality, specially designed template Certificates. You can order these blank Certificates from DofE Essentials within eDofE.

For more information, read our step-by-step guide to printing Certificates of Achievement for your participants.