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Doing the Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is an internationally recognized program for young people, building their skills to equip them for life and work. By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development.

The choice to do the Award is entirely voluntary and every Award is different. Each Participant chooses what activities they want to take part in for each Section. It is a very personal program that offers young people a structure to fulfil their passions and ambitions in a way that suits them. Apart from the requirements for each Section, and the safety training requirements for the Adventurous Journey Section, the activities a Participant chooses to undertake is entirely up to them. They have the freedom to progress through the Award according to their personal needs and abilities. There are no limits to watch you can achieve!

Key steps in the Award process

1) Find an Award Centre or Open Award Centre

2) Register Online Record Book(ORB) and select an Award level

3) Discuss your section activities with your Award Leader and plan your Award program

4) Notify your Award Leader of your Assessor

5) Set S.M.A.R.T goals with your Assessors to be achieved

6) Start logging hours for each of your activities

7) When you have finished the requirements for your activities, ensure your Assessors writes areport and signs-off on your record

8) Submit your Online Record Book to your Award Leader

9) Await final assessment and sign-off

10)Await further review from China National Award Office

11)Congratulations on completing your Award

Getting started

1. FIND an Award Centre or Open Award Centre

To find out the qualified Award Centre (AC) or Open Award Centre (OAC) in the your school or community then join the Award program. You can find the qualified AC's and OAC's updated list in www.intawardchina.cn web site.

2. REGISTE your participation

For new Participants starting the Award, after identifying a suitable Award Centre, they must register online to the Online Record Book (ORB)

For Participants under the age of 18, parental or guardian consent must be obtained before the registration can be accepted by an Award Centre or Open Award Centre. This can be obtained either manually or electronically via the ORB registration form.

To obtain parental consent electronically, select  my parent/guardian will confirm consent by email. Submission of the registration form will trigger a consent email to the parent nominated in the registration form.

To obtain parental consent via a paper form, select my parent/guardian will complete and sign the parent/guardian consent form and download and print the resulting PDF document for completion by parent/guardian.

An Award Leader will be appointed by the Award Centre or Open Award Centre to each Participant, who will guide and assist them through the Award.

3. DESIGN your Award program

Now it’s time to design your Award program. This is where you start planning your activities, goals and who you’reactivity Assessors will be.

For information, requirements and ideas on activities, you can do for each section go to below "Sections in Detail".

You do not need to commence each activity at the beginning of your Award. It is common for Participants to identify their major activity (the one they will do for the longest duration)and start on that one first. However, Your Award Leader and Assessor must agree on the activities you have selected.

Section in Details: The guide you in identifying each section activities detail, you can download the below information:

Voluntary Service

Physical Recreation


Adventurous Journey

Gold Residential Project (Only for Gold Level)

4. FIND activity assessors

For each section of the Award, Participants and Award Leaders work together to find a suitable activity assessors to guide each activity. The assessor needs to be a subject matter expert, with sufficient familiarity in the activity to guide and to mentor the Participants progress towards their goal. assessors must be:

* 18 years of age or older
* More skilled, experienced or qualified in the activity than the Participant
* Not an immediate family member
* Able to oversee your progress
* Willing to write a report outlining your achievement
* Approved by your Award Leader (Award Centre) before they commence their role

Roles and reponsibilities of Assessors

5. SET S.M.A.R.T goals

Participants, with support from their Award Leaders and Assessors, need to set a personal goal for each of their selected activities. To assist with this, Participants should create SMART goals for each component of the Award, which helps them grow and develop.

SMART stand for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timed. Participant goals should be follow the SMART Goal principles. Download the detail of the SMART Goal

6. START: Check with the Award Leaders to ensure all necessary steps have been completed

* Check with your Award Leader that your activities are compliant.
* Make sure your Award Leader approves your Assessors before they commence their role and before you start doing the section activities.
* Keep your Award Leader updated.
* You are now ready to start your activity and recording your participation

Updated 2020.03