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The DofE’s training framework has a range of modules to suit everyone supporting the award.

Many of these are delivered within Scouts through a National Scout Active Support Unit who frequently update their training schedule.

To begin, a simple e-learning induction module should be completed online by anyone supporting DofE.

Further modules are available through various providers, to suit various roles. Find out more at

Introduction to the DofE Course

This one-day optional course is highly recommended for all adults supporting the DofE who'd like to expand their knowledge and understanding.

It covers the mission and principles of the DofE, as well as providing an excellent overview of the award’s levels, sections and timescales. Before you take part, you'll be asked to complete the e-induction.

Expedition Assessor and Supervisor Training Course (EASTC)

The DofE have created a new training course to replace the EAAS and ESTC. This course is highly recommended for anyone who supervises DofE expeditions and mandatory for anyone hoping to be a new Expedition Assessor. It’s designed to help you understand your role and tasks, manage risk and provide the best quality experience for all young people.  

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. 

The Assessor section of this course is to prepare, train and accredit Expedition Assessors to understand the role. You cannot be accredited by DofE or Scouts as an Expedition Assessor without completing this course or the EAAS course which this training replaces.  

Any assessor who is assessing for The Scouts must hold a full volunteer role, hold a valid DBS and hold any necessary permits. They must also follow this process to affiliate to The Scouts. Scotland and Northern Ireland have a different process for affiliation, so please contact Scouts Scotland or Scouts Northern Ireland.

To be an Expedition Assessor you need to have sufficient technical competence in at least one type of expedition, such as walking, horse riding, cycling, or canoeing. 

You'll need to complete some online learning before you attend. You can find out about the new EASTC course on the DofE’s website. 

E-Introduction training course

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SASU DofE Training

The National DofE SASU run courses for those within Scouting. They're currently online and free to enter.

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