Licensed Operators


Licensed Operators

What is a Licensed Operator (Award Unit)?

The National Award Authority licenses ‘Operators’ to conduct the Award Program. They are commonly known as Licensed Operatorsand are responsible for delivering the Award to Participants. Licensed Operators can be:

  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Tertiary Institutions
  • Community Organizations
  • Sporting or Social Clubs
  • Companies
  • A group of interested parents who form their own association

Licensed Operators then appoint Award Coordinators who becomes the main contact and the ones who guide Participants on their Award journey.

Why become a Licensed Operator? 
Being a Licensed Operator means that you are forming a partnership with the largest pursuit of youth development in the world – The International Award for Young People.
The flexibility and sustainability of The Award has allowed for steady growth over the 52 years that it has successfully operated. It is now home to over 140 countries and touches the lives of more than 8 million young people.

So what are the benefits to my organization?

  • The International Award for Young People Nigeria is an affordable program, providing tangible support in terms of experience, promotional materials, equipment and training.
  • The structure often compliments programs and activities schools and various groups already offer to young people and provides a way of recognizing these efforts and at the same time without consuming resources.
  • The Award also offers a framework to develop the important skills that we believe young people should definitely have, including skill development, group participation, confidence, self-esteem, leadership, fitness, and community connection.
  • Being an Award Unit also allows you the opportunity to connect with other organizations, schools and community groups in your area and around the world, through national events, social media sites Twitter and Facebook, and a monthly newsletter detailing the latest news and stories.
  • There are officers and volunteers, offering local support and assistance where possible, so no Licensed Operator is left isolated.
  • The Award offers a volunteering framework for staff, and offers the opportunity for young people to connect with other adults within the community in a productive way
  • You will be able to connect with our international network and open up opportunities for professional development and the exchange of information
  • As an Award Unit, The Award allows a framework to create an environment of social inclusion for your Participants. This enhances The Award experience for your young people and impacts positively on their personal development.

And what do I get out of it personally?
Award Leaders are the adult volunteers who manage The Award on behalf of the Award Unit.
As a volunteer, the opportunity to enhance the lives of young people is endless. If you sign up your group/organization to become an Award Unit, you might decide to become the Award Leader

How do I get involved?
If you’d like to know how to become a Licensed Operator, you need to contact the Award Office and one of the great Award staff will help you out

NB:It is the responsibility of the Award Unit that relevant child protection requirements are observed for each adult who may work unsupervised with an Award Participant under the age of 18 years.

Award Leaders


Award Leaders

Our work is hugely supported by Volunteer Award Leaders who play a vital role in ensuring that young people get the best out of their Award. An Award Leaders is an adult volunteer who has undergone the required training, who is the contact and mentor for an Award Group.
There are different categories of the Award leadership. These are:

  • Award Coordinators
  • Assessors
  • Supervisors


We work together with Volunteers to ensure that the young people in Nigeria get a quality experiential experience as they go through the Award Program.

Who is an Award Coordinator?
Award Coordinators are adult volunteer or paid staff who is the key contact in a licensed operating unit responsible for setting up and running the Award. They are the frontline of The Award Program, playing one of the most fundamental roles – that of developing the Participants who are actively involved. Without them there simply would be no Award!

Each licensed Operator must appoint an Award Coordinator. A Coordinator is a Volunteer who is the main contact for the Licensed Operator, and is responsible for running The Award Program in that organization. In large organizations there may be other volunteers who assist in the running of the Program – these people are usually called Assistant Coordinators or Assistant Leaders.

As an Award Coordinator, your role is to engage young people in the program, and encourage and inspire participants throughout their Award journey.

Coordinators could be anyone from a teacher to a sporting coach to a Cadet leader, as long as they are appointed by a Licensed Operator.
Award Coordinators Roles and Responsibilities

Who is an Assessor?

An Assessor is an adult volunteer identified by an Award Leader who assesses a participant’s chosen activity in any section of the Award and completes the record book to verify they have achieved the requirements of the Award. They assist young person with their Award. For each Section of The Award (Physical Recreation, Skill, e.t.c), a participant will need at least one Assessor to help guide them throughout their Award. In some instances, a participant will require more than one Assessor per Section to ensure that each activity has been completed.

Assessors must have experience and/or qualifications in the activity chosen by the young person. They must be suitably skilled to assess a Participant’s activity, write a report at the completion of that activity, and sign off the Participant’s records to verify the participant has achieved the requirements of The Award. In most circumstances, an Assessor should not be an immediate family member. An Assessor can assess more than one Participant. They may also be qualified to assess across multiple activities and/or sections. Please note that a Coordinator can also be an Assessor.

As an Award Assessor, you also play a crucial role in the success of The Award Program. Your role is to engage with Participants, and offer guidance, mentoring and encouragement as they undertake the Section of The Award that you are assessing.
Assessor Roles and Responsibilities

Who is a Supervisor?
Supervisors are suitably qualified and/or experienced volunteers who are responsible for a group’s safety throughout their practice and qualifying adventurous journey. They play a critical role in implementing and overseeing the arrangements concerning the safety of participants when they are undertaking their Adventurous Journeys. The Supervisor can be a different person for each journey, and there can also be more than one Supervisor for each journey.

In most circumstances, a Supervisor should not be an immediate family member. Please contact the Award Office for further information requirements in relation to undertaking Adventurous Journeys.
Supervisor Roles and Responsibilities

For Parents/Guardians


For Parents/Guardians

The International Award for Young People Nigeria is the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Nigeria and a member of the International Award Foundation, the world’s leading youth achievement award that brings together practical experiences to create committed global citizens through the provision of a balanced program that challenges and equips young people with positive life skills. It is a positive challenge for both parents and young people. It is a fantastic program that gives a structure for young people aged 14 – 24 to realize their ambitions and to change their world.


The Award believes in ten philosophies which state that The Award is:

  1. Available to everyone
  2. About experiencing, connecting and developing
  3. Not a competition
  4. Flexible
  5. Balanced
  6. Progressive
  7. About personal achievement
  8. A marathon, not a sprint
  9. Voluntary
  10. Fun

Parents are one of the biggest champions of the Award Program. They are enthusiastic about the impact that the Award Program has on the lives of their children. The Award has been seen to:

  • Provide a simple, meaningful framework for self-development
  • Build self-confidence, and providing leadership opportunities for young people
  • Provide recognition for young people in the extra-curricular sphere of the school environment
  • Enable young people to have an internationally recognized certificate for tertiary education application, GAP year opportunities as well as first job applications.

We would love to see your child enrol…
Have a look at the FAQ section to find out more.



Why should my son or daughter enrol in the Award Program?
The Award Program is a holistic program for young people providing them with a simple structure to plan their own development. It is a useful for them to include in their applications to tertiary institutions and in the work place.

Will the Award help my child get into university?
Universities are increasingly looking for young people who have been holistically involved in their school years. In an increasingly competitive environment for spaces at university, the Award provides the edge.

Is the Award only operational in Nigeria?
No, There are over 140 countries around the world that are licensed to run the Award Program. A Bronze, Silver and/or Gold Certificate is a great addition to GAP Year applications, especially in the UK, where the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is well known.

How old does my child have to be?
Between the ages of 14 and 24.

Where is the Award operated?
In schools, youth organizations, community youth groups, residential youth facilities and correctional centers nationally.

What do I do, if I don’t know whether the Award Program operates at the school my child it at?
You can contact the Award Office.

Is there a specific time/date to enrol?
No, you can enrol at any time of the year. It is best to be part of a group of young people doing it, if you can. It helps with motivation and support.

How old does my child have to be for each Level?
For Bronze, you must be at least 14 years old, For Silver, you must be at least 15 years old, For Gold, you must be at least 16 years old

What is the broad outline of the Award Program?
Your child will need to be actively involved in COMMUNITY SERVICE, developing a NEW SKILL, taking part in PHYSICAL RECREATION (Sport) and doing an ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY.

What do I do if my child is unsure of what they can do for each of the sections of the Award Program?
Be in touch with the Award Leader at your child’s school or be in touch with our Award Office to find out who the Award Leader is.

Can my child count activities s/he has been involved in before enrolling, towards a level?
No, only activities that you take part in from the time you have enrolled can count. This is a requirement internationally.

What is the enrolment fee?
The participants enrolment fee covers basic costs of administration including your record book, certificate, badge and the visits that our staff do to the different parts of the country to support the Award.

How does my child enrol?
If the Award Program is operating in his/her school, or another community youth groups, be in touch with your Award Leader who will assist you with the process. To find out who your Award Leader is, get in touch with the Award Office. Your child will need to complete an enrolment form, signed by you and pay the enrolment fee before you are deemed to be a participant.

Where do I pay the enrolment fee?
Payment is made at the Award Office through your Award Leader

What happens once my child enrols?
He/she needs to get going with achieving the requirements of the Award. Remember it is a marathon, not a sprint. Your child will receive his/her login details to the online record book, which summarizes the requirements of each section of the Award, depending on what level they are on. The record book needs to be completed by relevant adult supervisors of activities (sport coaches; hike leaders etc) to reflect what was done for each section. The record book needs to be signed by this adult who was responsible for each activity that they are involved in. The Record Book should be kept in a safe place.

Is there “Life After Gold”?
Yes there is! The Award Holders Association (AHA) is active in a number of areas in the country. Those who remain active with the organization are considered for International opportunities through the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.