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What is Validation? 


Validation is the process where you show that you can put your knowledge and skills about the topics covered in a module into practice in your current  role in Scouting. You will need to validate all of the modules required for your role, regardless of whether you have gained skills through learning or through previous experience.

There are several different validation methods for each module; when starting the module, you will determine, with your Training Adviser, which is most appropriate method for this module. Validation should reflect the activities of your normal Scouting role and should be backed up by evidence. The different aspects of your role, for example running meetings, planning programmes, leading and managing others, will show your abilities and knowledge. 


Validation is essential for every module in the Adult Training Scheme.


Validation methods

There are a number of methods of validation, for example:

·        A visit from your Training Adviser to observe you carrying out an activity

·        A written or verbal statement to your Training Adviser from an observer

·        Paperwork created for the role such as programme plans, letters to parents, instructions for activities and risk assessments

·        Notes from activities or meetings

·        Obtaining a qualification, such as a first aid certificate or nights away permit

·        Completing a  questionnaire

·        Discussion with your Training Adviser

·        Photos of a validation activity

·        Videos of a validation activity

·        Presentations to adults or young people in Scouting.

These are just some examples of validation methods. There are other methods, or variations of these that you might want to use. These can be agreed between you and your Training Adviser.

Validation evidence

In order to validate each module, you will need to produce evidence that shows that you have completed the agreed task(s) and met the validation criteria. The Adult’s Personal File (APF) gives examples of evidence for each module you might wish to use in completing your validation. This list is not exhaustive and should be used to generate ideas and agree how validation will be carried out with your Training Adviser.


Once validation criteria and evidence have been agreed, you will gather the appropriate evidence. When you next meet with your Training Adviser you present that evidence and be prepared to discuss your experiences and to reflect on this with them . When sufficient and suitable evidence has been presented, the module will be validated  by the Training advisor.

The validation criteria for each module are shown in the Adult Personal file. For some modules, the specified criteria must be completed by all roles; in other cases, there are both general validation criteria that apply to all roles and specific criterial that are relevant to certain roles. If you are not sure about what criteria apply to your role, please discuss this with your Training Adviser. In some instances, it will also depend on the learner’s agreed role description whether certain criteria apply.

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