The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Training

Award Leaders support young people throughout the programme. Their competence, self-confidence and happiness with their Award work are crucial factors in fulfilling the promise “there is more in you than you think!” for their participants.

Our trainings are designed to ensure that Award Leaders feel competent, confident and happy to offer the Award to as many young people from as diverse backgrounds as possibly complying to the international principles and guidelines of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

Cost, Registration and Terms & Conditions

The participation fee for a course is 75 Euros per person for private and international schools (standard) and 37,50 Euros per person for public schools (reduced). Schools in disadvantaged settings qualify for our special fee of 25 Euros per person (special).

Please register via E-Mail for our courses providing your first and last name. Please note that by registering for our trainings you agree to our course terms & conditions. Should you register any team members kindly make sure to seek their consent beforehand. We kindly ask for a binding registration, if possible, up to 14 days before the respective date. We will however try to accommodate last-minute requests.

We reserve the right to cancel a course should the minimum number of participants not be reached or for other reasons. In this case you will be notified by E-mail.

Programme Course

The Programme Course provides a basic understanding of the Award principles and guidelines, teaches how to best support young peoples’s participation, prepares for the expedition section at Bronze and Silver level and introduces the most important tools for the day-to-day work. The practical result is a basic concept of the operator’s Award work and a first-steps action plan. The programme course concludes with a homework assignment. We kindly ask for early registration (up to 14 days before the course starts). All dates are subject to change if the minimum number of 6 participants is not reached. Please register with the names and e-mails of the participants. New Award Operators will be required to register at least three team members. Existing Award Operators are welcome to register any number of new team members.

From April 2022 onwards, in addition to the programme course, we will offer free route planning webinars at regular intervals, which can be used to refresh knowledge at the start of the expedition season. If interested, please send us an email with your preferred date and the names and emails of Award Leaders wishing to attend.

Programme Course Overview

Upcoming Programme Courses:

Dates for Programme Courses:

  • 17.05.22, 8.00-16.00 – online
  • 08.06.22, 8.00-16.00 – online (English)
  • 22.06.22, 8.00-16.00 – online
  • 12.07.22, 8.00-16.00 – online
  • 09.09.22, 8.00-16.00 – online
  • 29.09.22, 8.00-16.00 – online
  • 14.10.22 – 16.10.22, Osterburken/Odenwald (course starts on Friday at 15.00 and ends on Sunday at 12.00; please book a hotel room in Osterburken and bring hiking shoes and weather appropriate clothing for a 2-3 hour mini-expedition; this course is bilingual)


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Gold Level Assessor Course

The course teaches the methodological skills for the assessment of Gold expeditions. Gold expeditions must be assessed by an approved assessor. The main target group is staff experienced in the expedition section at Bronze and Silver level. The agenda includes short presentations on the content-related topics, a “walking talk” on the stations of the assessment as well as a final analysis and improvement plan of the work on site. The standard form is combining the course with a three- or four-day practice or final expedition (in times of Corona, the course takes place online).

The main items taught are: Importance of a clear aim, standards of route planning, tasks of the assessor, stages of the assessment, methods for final debrief, analysing strengths of the group and individual participants, goals and contents of the expedition assessment, identifying strengths and potentials for improvement of the work on site.

Please note: expedition techniques are not taught.

Upcoming Gold level Assessor Course

Upcoming Assessor Course for Gold-level expeditions:

  • 17.-18.6.22 – online with Klaus Vogel (Friday: 14.30 – ca. 18.00, Saturday 9.00 – approx. 15.00)
  • 25.-26.11.22 – online (Friday: 14.30 – ca. 18.00, Saturday 9.00 – approx. 15.00) – Klaus Vogel

When registering, please kindly provide us with your first and last name, your email and information on previous DofE-Trainings you have done. Thank you.


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Student Mentor Course

The course is aimed at Award participants who would like to support the Award as student mentors/young Award Leaders. Other target groups are Award Leaders who want to receive a sound introduction to the topic of group leadership. Students will present the main Award principles in plenary. In tandems, the planning of their own personal Award programme is presented, analysed and evaluated. In pairs, the key steps of the participation are worked out in a walking talk and then presented. As a practical example for reflection, testimonials will be collected. Based on what has been worked out, the participants outline a mentoring concept for their school/organisation in the form of a “mentoring house”.

Students attending should have completed the Bronze level. The minimum age is 15 years. The minimum number for the student mentor course to take place is 9 students. Each school is required to have one adult online with the students as chaperone.

Upcoming Student Mentor Courses

Upcoming courses:

  • no upcoming courses – please inquire via email

When registering, please provide us with your first and last name, your E-Mail and information on previous DofE-Trainings you have done (if any).


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Management Course

The Management Course is about systematically developing the Award work. The most important outcome is the drafting of an updated development plan. The main target group are the members of the management team. Using the EFQM model as a compass, Award development is practised on real problems and situations. This includes designing “real” programmes, making presentations, planning budgets, writing letters, negotiating and planning actions.

The Management Course is designed for teams who have long-standing experience with the Award and would like to gain insights on how to improve specific fields of their work.


Management Course Overview

Upcoming Management Courses

Upcoming courses:

  • 11.-12.11.22 – online (Friday: 14.30 – ca. 18.00, Saturday 9.00 – approx. 15.00) – Klaus Vogel

When registering, please provide us with your first and last name, your E-Mail and information on previous DofE-Trainings you have done (if any).


Email to register