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How to organise a DofE course in your county

Counties are responsible for organising DofE training courses in partnership with the National DofE Training SASU. Full details to support this process can be found in the County Hosted Course resource.

The responsibilities for organising and promoting training will be divided between the County and the DofE Office at The Scouts Headquarters (UKHQ) as outlined in the table below.



 DofE Office (UKHQ)

 Booking venue x
 Providing equipment (projector, screen, etc)
 Managing participant bookings  x  
 Sending joining instructions  x  (provides template)
 Promoting the course  x  x
 Preparing resources and course materials    x
 Ensuring availability of trainers    x
 Liaising with DofE regarding course approval
 Processing post-course paperwork    x
 Processing trainers' expenses    x
 Catering (optional)  x  
 Final decision about course going ahead or not  x  x

Course fees

To cover The Scout Association administration costs and trainers' expenses, counties will be asked to pay a non-refundable course booking fee of £100, payable on DofE confirmation that they have two trainers available.

After the course an additional participant fee will be payable to cover course resources, The Duke of Edinburgh’s administration fee and certificates:

How to book a course

To request a County course, you will need to complete this County Course Booking Request Form.

Please refer to this 'How to Run a County Course Process Chart' for timescales and processes.

Please note: DofE Training Courses will only be run from the beginning of October through to the end of April. Only in exceptional circumstances will requests for courses outside of this period be considered.

For more information and to book a course, please contact the DofE Office at UKHQ on 0345 300 1818 or email dofe@scouts.org.uk.

Useful Information

Expedition Assessor Accreditation Scheme (EAAS) - dofe.org/eaas.
Here you will find information about the route to accreditation, what pre-course learning is required and the most up to date EAAS forms available to download.


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