qualification supports you to
lead Rainbows, Brownies, Guides
or Senior Section units. You
need to be over 16 to start work
on the qualification, although
you can't become a Leader until you
As a Unit Leader you learn and develop skills on the job and
through formal and informal training sessions. You are also supported by a Mentor, who will be an experienced
What does it involve?
There are four modules, completed practically rather than through
tests or examinations. They can be completed, and in any order:
- Module 1. Your role in
- Module 2. Your role in
- Module 3. Your role in safety and unit administration
Safety is covered by showing you can effectively communicate
with parents and the local community, and that the unit's
programme is carried out in a safe environment. Unit administration
refers to your responsibility for unit funds.
- Module 4. Your role in managing the unit
This is optional for Assistant Leaders but mandatory for Unit Leaders.
Good unit management is measured here by maintaining effective record-keeping
systems and ensuring that effective communication takes place locally.
Achieving the Leadership Qualification
- You need to gather evidence to gain the
qualification e.g programme schedules, letters to parents,
records of discussions
had with your Mentor and so on. This could include details of what worked and
what didn't, and what you might change in the future.
- Your Mentor will sign off the completed modules. Any member,
from a Young Leader or Unit Helper to the girls in your unit,
can sign off the different parts of a module if they see you
perform the requirement.
- It should take around six months. Throughout the qualification
any relevant prior knowledge, skill or experience will be accredited,
including any work on the Young Leader Qualification.
When your Mentor has signed off all the modules required,
your workbook and any evidence will be sent to the person appointed
by the County to ensure the Mentor has met a common standard.
This is not a check on you - it's to ensure your Mentor has
helped you in the most appropriate way.
At your final meeting with
your Mentor, your Commissioner
may also be present. After the
meeting your Commissioner will
log onto Go! to end your 'Leader
in Training' role and add the
Leader or Assistant Leader role,
as appropriate. You will also
receive a Leadership
Qualification certificate and
badge, and a Training and
Activity Centre voucher. If you
are under 18, you will need to
wait until your 18th birthday to
be a Unit Leader or Leader.
For further information get
the Leadership Qualification
pack, which is available through
Can things I did for my Young Leader Qualification count
towards my Leadership Qualification if I take a break?
It will depend on how long a gap there
has been. If it is a long time, say over several years,
you may need to repeat some training. Talk to your Mentor about
what you can remember doing. Remember, guiding is constantly
developing and it is important to stay up to date.
Do I need to start the Leadership Qualification straight
after the Young Leader Qualification?
No, you can carry on helping as a Young Leader until you're 18.
How do I get a Mentor?
You'll be allocated a suitable Mentor when you tell
your Commissioner you want to complete the Leadership Qualification.