Covid-19 (Coronavirus) updates

Training and Validation

Date: 6th Apr 2020 Author: Cathryn Atkinson

You, our adult volunteers are at the heart of Scouting, and we want to make sure you have the skills to deliver a safe, good quality programme.


In these unprecedented times we wanted to share with you ways in which you can make sure you can do this without being able to attend face to face learning.


The Module Matrix tells you the alternative ways in which you can complete the learning for some of the modules, by e-learning or workbooks.  You can also use the check your knowledge sections in the Adult Personal File to check whether you feel confident to move to validation.


Learning is not necessary for any module if you can demonstrate your prior knowledge and ability to validate the module without it.


How can I provide evidence for validation? 

  • Discussion with your Training Adviser, in person or by ‘phone/Skype or similar
  • A report from an observer about an activity you completed; this can be written, e-mail or verbal
  • Paperwork such as programme plans, letters to parents, instructions for activities, risk assessments, notes from activities or meetings
  • Photos or videos of a validation activity
  • Obtaining a qualification, such as a first aid certificate or nights away permit
  • Completing a questionnaire
  • A visit from a Training Adviser to see you carrying out an activity
  • Presentations to adults or young people in Scouting


Your Training Adviser (TA) will answer your questions and advise what you need to do to validate modules. If you don’t have a TA please contact your Local Training Manager in the first instance.


If you are still stuck please contact Alison Fell, County Training Manager at or David Marsh, County Training Administrator at

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls