How licences work

There are two types of DofE licences: one to run complete DofE programmes as a Licensed Organisation (LOs) and another to deliver specific parts, such as the Expedition section, as an ‘Approved Activity Provider’ (AAPs). The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award issues licences to four types of LO.

Holding a licence allows each type of organisation to offer DofE programmes within their respective operating areas.

Licences are subject to review and Licensed Organisations have to satisfy the DofE that they understand the full implications of running DofE programmes. They have to be in a position to safeguard its aims and standards, to establish the necessary administrative framework to enable it to function and to ensure its continuity.

If you are interested in becoming a Licensed Organisation, see how to get involved.

The AAP licence allows organisations to deliver just one section of a DofE programme, once the opportunity has been agreed to meet the appropriate sectional requirements. Both charitable and commercial organisations can be licensed as an AAP; if you are interested in becoming an AAP please complete an initial interest form.