North England training

For DofE Leader training opportunities please visit our Opportunity Finder, and select North of England for location or email [email protected]

Introduction to eDofE

We are offer FREE eDofE (eDofE is an interactive online system that helps young people manage their DofE programme and Leaders monitor their progress) training opportunities for Leaders/volunteers in the Region.

 Introduction to the DofE

The Introduction to the DofE training course will provide you with the information needed to be a DofE Leader and run DofE programmes within a centre. It will put the learning from e-induction into context in a practical way. It is suitable for new DofE Leaders as well as existing Leaders who want to improve their DofE knowledge.

The Expedition Assessor and Supervisor Training Course

The EASTC combines the Expedition Assessor Accreditation Scheme (EAAS) course and Expedition Supervisor Training Course (ESTC) into one course. Following a transition period, the EASTC will replace both the EAAS and ESTC courses and will be the mandatory course for the Expedition Assessor Accreditation Scheme.

The course aims to equip Expedition Assessors and Supervisors with the practical knowledge and understanding of the principles and conditions of the Expedition section to ensure participants enjoy a safe and high-quality expedition.

Delegates will leave the course having a clear understanding of the Expedition Assessor and Supervisor roles, and their key tasks: including, how to complete a supervision plan and apply the appropriate levels of supervision; how to complete the steps to assessment and ensuring the 20 conditions of the Expedition section are met; and the opportunity to progress through the route to accreditation to assess expeditions.

ITC Outdoor First Aid Course

Our 16 hour ITC Outdoor First Aid course is very appropriate for DofE Leaders and validates all outdoor instructor awards, e.g. The Mountain Training Lowland Leader and Mountain Leader. This 2 day course awards you with an ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid AND an HSE recognised Emergency First Aid at Work certificate. It is the course of choice for many outdoor practitioners.

 DofE Expedition Skills (DES)

Course aim: To equip expedition leaders and expedition support staff with the basic expedition skills needed to support the delivery of DofE expeditions on foot in normal rural, open countryside and forest (for example, normal Bronze expedition terrain). To ensure an understanding of the roles and responsibilities associated with planning and delivering expeditions, including the safety of participants

Who should do this course? The course is aimed at those adults (including expedition leaders and expedition support staff) who wish to support DofE expeditions on foot in normal rural, open countryside and forest, but who do not have much practical experience or hold an appropriate qualification. Course delivery Two e-learning modules are completed before the course and are available from

The DES course is predominantly practical in nature, which will ensure delegates develop their expedition skills with confidence. The course consists of approximately 30 Guided Learning Hours, which includes a combination of theory and practical learning. Courses will include an expedition element, where delegates will complete a day trek carrying full kit. Some courses will include an overnight camping experience.

Mountain Training Lowland Leader Award

The Lowland Leader Award has been designed for people who wish to lead groups on day walks in lowland countryside and woodland in summer conditions (ideally suited to Bronze and Silver). Before you book onto a Lowland Leader training course, make sure you have recorded a minimum of 10 varied walks in Lowland terrain where the use of a map is required.

The Lowland Leader training course lasts for 2 days, followed by a 2 day assessment.

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Course details are on the Opportunity Finder – select North of England for location and outdoor skills training for type. Opportunity Finder – Leaders – The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (

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