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Training FAQs

Do I have to attend training courses?
That depends on how much you already know and how you prefer to learn. The Scout Association’s Adult Training Scheme takes into account prior experience and existing knowledge and offers various different learning methods. A module is only complete when your Training Adviser validates it for you: attending a training course doesn’t mean that you have completed a module – you will still need to demonstrate to the Training Adviser that you have the knowledge and skills required – but equally you don’t need to attend training if you are already confident that you can do everything required. These are matters you should discuss with your Training Adviser when you are agreeing your Personal Learning Plan (PLP) – Module 2.

How long will my training take?
There is no minimum time: if you already have all of the knowledge and skills required then the only limitation is how much time you and your Training Adviser have available to get the modules validated.  However, by agreeing to take on the role you do commit to complete your training within specified time limits:

The Getting Started Modules 1, 2 and 3 (leader) or 1, 2 and 4 (managers) cover the basic skills required for your role and they must be completed within five months of your Provisional Appointment. You must complete the remaining modules within three years of your appointment.

These time limits can be enforced and if you fail to have the modules validated within the time limits your appointment may be suspended. We do understand that there will sometimes be good reasons as to why you have been unable to do everything within these time limits, but you must ensure if this is the case that your manager is fully aware, so that suitable alterantive arrangements can be made. Ensuring that our leaders are properly trained is very important – it means that parents and young people can have confidence in what we do.

Who is responsible for my training?
As an adult volunteer it is up to you to make sure that you have done all of the training that you need to do. That said, there are plenty of other people who will be there to guide you through the process and remind you of what you need to be doing.

Who is my Line Manager?
For Section Leaders this will be your Group Scout Leader (GSL).  For some managers this will be the District Commissioner (DC).  Your line manager will be able to give you advice on training and will keep an eye on your progress, so they may remind you that you have modules to complete or prompt you to make contact with your Training Adviser. 

What is a Training Adviser?
Your Training Adviser (TA) is an experienced Scouter who will talk to you about what you need to do and how you are going to validate all of the different modules. You will be given your TA’s contact details and you should get in touch with them as soon possible. However, don’t be surprised if your TA contacts you if they have not heard from you within a couple of weeks of your appointment, as they will be keen to get a first meeting arranged.

When and where you meet is up to you and your TA – it will often be at either their house or your house but it’s also fine to meet at a Scout hut, in a café or even at the pub if that’s what suits you both. When you meet your TA it’s always a good idea to arrange a time for your next meeting, to ensure that you keep things moving.

Please do remember that your TA is not responsible for training you or for telling you what training you need to do (though they can point you in the right direction). It is up to you to make your own arrangements for completing the required learning.

What is a Local Training Manager?
Your Local Training Manager is responsible for managing the training provision within your District. If you have any questions before you are told who your TA is, or if you would prefer not to contact your TA for any reason (perhaps because things just aren’t working out with them) do feel free to get in touch with your LTM.

How can I see what training I’ve had validated?
You should keep your own paper record, either in your Adult’s Personal File or on the separate sheet which your Training Adviser provides.  Make sure you ask him or her to sign your paper record for you.   The Local Training Manager and your Training Adviser will ensure that your training record is kept up to date on the Membership Database.  You can access your record on the Membership Database to check your progress.

What Learning Methods are available?
For a module where you feel that you need some additional learning before it can be validated, you have a choice of learning methods: 

  • Courses – details of local courses can be found in the Annual Training Bulletin.
  • Workbooks, e-learning, videos – details of what options are available for each of the modules are provided in the Adults Personal File.
  • One-to-one training sessions. Please ask your Training Adviser or Local Training Manager for details of what might be possible locally.
  • Learning gained from working with your Scouting colleagues 

Most people meet with their own Training Adviser to have modules validated, but any Training Adviser or Training Manager is able to validate modules for you. Please ensure that your own TA knows about modules validated by another Training Advisor.