The DofE’s Expedition Assessor Accreditation Scheme (EAAS) is the national training route to becoming an accredited DofE Expedition Assessor. The scheme outlines the steps required to be eligible for the Expedition Assessor role and is mandatory for individuals intending on assessing DofE expeditions.Route to accreditation
Some of the benefits of being an accredited Expedition Assessor include:
– achieving a nationally recognised DofE accreditation and Expedition Assessor’s ID card;
– receiving a DofE card giving you a discount of 15-20% at GO Outdoors, Blacks, Millets, Ultimate Outdoors and Tiso in-store and online;
– joining DofE’s Assessor network and Assessor Directory
There are several mandatory steps towards achieving accreditation. These steps are not all linear and could be completed in any order e.g. you can register with an LO/AAP before completing the Expedition Assessor and Supervisor Training Course. An individual’s progress on these steps can be checked at any time under Training ‘My Expedition Assessor accreditation’ section in their eDofE account.
1. Complete the Expedition Assessor and Supervisor Training Course and knowledge check
– Before applying to attend the EASTC, complete the eInduction and Introduction to the Expedition Section and Roles pre-course learning modules online at DofETraining.org.
– Successfully complete the EASTC Knowledge Check online module. When the course is complete, access to the knowledge check is available on eDofE/My Expedition Assessor Accreditation.
2. Request accreditation
– Applications for accreditation must be sponsored by an organisation. Usually this is the LO/AAP you currently work for but does not have to be. An LO/AAP sponsors the individual by initially registering them as a Trainee Assessor with their organisation.
– The Trainee Assessor must then complete all the steps outlined on the route to accreditation. Once all the steps are complete, they will be able to request accreditation.
– The sponsor LO/AAP will initially review the application and declare that the applicant has satisfied the safeguarding and technical competence checks required by their organisation. This officially endorses the application for accreditation and the approved application is submitted to the DofE office for checking and authorisation.
– The sponsor LO/AAP submits the approved application to the DofE Region/Country office for checking and authorisation.
The route to accreditation must be completed within 2 years of completing the EASTC.
Accreditation normally lasts for five years. Expedition Assessors wishing to continue in the role will be notified by email six months before their accreditation is due to expire.
To be eligible for reaccreditation, active Expedition Assessors would be expected to have completed two or more assessments in each of the preceding five years and should have assessed at least once during the previous 12 months unless there are reasons for them being unable to do so. Assessors will also need to be affiliated with one or more Licensed Organisation to be eligible for reaccreditation.
The process to apply to be reaccredited is accessed through eDofE under Training and My Expedition Assessor Accreditation.