What is Adult Training?

Explanation of the Scheme 

Once an adult has been recruited, agreed their job description with their line manager (Section Leader or GSL) and after the initial enquiry has been satisfactorily returned by Headquarters, a Provisional Appointment Certificate is issued by the Appointments Sub Committee. This allows the adult to begin their role in Scouting.  At the same time as the Provisional Appointment is made the Leader is given a copy of the Adults Personal File which will help them to put together a personal learning plan and also consists of a workbook for them to progress their development.

During the provisional appointment of 5 months the Leader will be asked to attend the Appointments Sub Committee.  This body approves the appointment of adults locally. Also during this time, the full DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check will take place and any references returned to the District Secretary for the Appointments Sub Committee.


Also during this 5 month period the Leader must complete:

  • Module 1 - Essential Information
  • Module 2 - Personal Learning Plan is also completed during this period with the Training Adviser.
  • Module 3 or 4 - Tools for the job.  (Module 3 is for Section Leaders, Module 4 for Line Managers)

At this stage the Training Adviser will agree the modules the learner must complete.  Identify whether the learner needs to do any learning to be able to complete each module and agree the method of learning.  There is also an external Award option and this should be agreed at this stage.


They can complete the Units to gain an Open College Network Award (OCN).  Validation method has also to be agreed for the first modules and a time scale for all. Not all modules will need to be undertaken to complete to Wood Badge standard but could be validated immediately.


Various methods of learning should be available to each Leader: Courses, Videos, workbooks, e-learning etc.


After 5 months a full Warrant can be presented if all of the Getting Started training has been completed.  If the Leader has been unable to complete or validate the training during the 5 months then the Training Adviser will notify their Line Manager (Local Training Manager/Leader/GSL) who will decide with the person whether they should apply for a further provisional 5 months.  A new Leader can only re-apply once for the same
Provisional Appointment.

The Training Adviser is responsible for recommending the award of the Wood Badge.  This can take up to 3 years to complete.  Before recommendation the Training Adviser must agree with the learner the first year's ongoing learning.  This must be a minimum of five hours learning per year, calculated over the length of the Warrant.  e.g. a weekend residential course for scouting or a First Aid qualification can be counted. 


After the first year has been agreed,

it is not the Training Adviser's role to monitor ongoing learning.  This will be the responsibility of the learner's line manager (Section Leader/GSL).


An outline of the 36 training modules is available by clicking on this link and is also available from your Local Training Manager.