Module 4: Subject matter expert

Use your expertise to deliver specialist training to our volunteers.

From IT to fundraising - deliver fantastic subject-based learning

Module 4 focuses on delivering training in a single subject. By completing it, you can become a qualified trainer in a specialist area, such as 1st Response, camping skills or financial management.

Module 4 is an optional module. To become a trainer, you have to complete one optional module alongside module 1, which is compulsory.

There's no limit to how many training specialisms you can have - you might want to complete module 4 several times so you can deliver training on a variety of subjects.

What topics can I train in?

  • Advocacy - Girlguiding’s advocacy approach, campaigning, decision-making and influencing.
  • Camping skills – pitching, striking and care of all types of tent, site management and outdoor catering. This is a different specialism to Going Away With.
  • Catering - all areas of catering and food preparation within guiding.
  • Challenging behaviour - addressing challenging adult and girl behaviour.
  • Comedy improvisation - exploring exercises and games designed to develop creativity and problem solving.
  • Complaints - managing complaints and concerns within Girlguiding policies and processes.
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award 
  • Financial management - all aspects of financial management including accounts, gift aid, budgeting and financial risk management in line with Girlguiding policy.
  • Food Hygiene 
  • Fundraising - raising money through a variety of fundraising approaches.
  • Going Away With - all aspects of the Going Away With Scheme, with the exception of Travelling Abroad.
  • IT skills - using IT in guiding, and how to use software, such as Excel, Word and Powerpoint.
  • Large-scale events project-managing or participating in running large-scale events, in line with Girlguiding's events guidance.
  • Making music - exploring different ways to use music in your unit.
  • Marketing and communications - branding, communications, promotion, PR, digital and social media, website development, and advertising - including Girlguiding strategy.
  • Membership Growth  
  • Membership systems - using GO and working within Girlguiding’s data protection policy.
  • Outdoor skills – everything from giving Leaders the confidence to take girls outdoors to outdoor safety and expedition skills.
  • Peer education - to help peer educators develop their knowledge, attitude, and skills to take peer education sessions on approved topics to units. 
  • Risk management - Girlguiding’s risk assessment process, contingency planning and health and safety best practice.
  • A Safe Space - Girlguiding's Safety and Safeguarding policy.
  • Science helping leaders provide science experiences in their units.
  • Spirituality - delivering sessions on a range of faiths and cultures and managing sensitive issues that may arise.
  • Trustees and governance - the roles of Trustees and the governance structure of Girlguiding.
  • WAGGGS and international - WAGGGS structures and current initiatives, and bringing the international element into the Girlguiding programme.

Some specialisms require you to hold additional qualifications and prior experience before you start to work towards a training qualification in them.

  • 1st Response - All trainers must have a full first aid certificate. This means it's provided and accredited by an organisation or governing body. The course must be at least 6 hours in duration. Example providers of first aid certificates include St John Ambulance, British Red Cross, British Canoeing, the Football Association, Health and Safety Executive.
  • A Safe Space - Any girlguiding trainer can deliver A Safe Space level 1 workshops. You must hold the current A Safe Space levels 1-3 in order to train on Level 2 and 3. And hold Level 4 in order to train on that. All trainers must have competed A Safe Space e-learning modules 1-3.
  • Travelling Abroad - you must have completed the Travelling Abroad module of the Going Away With Scheme and have experience of taking groups abroad within the last three years.
  • Water safety - you must hold an up-to-date water safety qualification or current Girlguiding water specialist appointment.

Fixed syllabuses

Generally, trainers are encouraged to design and deliver their own topical trainings on the above subjects, using Girlguiding resources as a guide. However, there are some subjects which have a fixed syllabus, and trainers must deliver a set training which covers very specific information. These are:

We have created these set training programmes to ensure consistency across Girlguiding, and to guarantee volunteers are briefed on issues relating to safety and safeguarding in the same way.

What you'll need to do

To begin working on a module 4 topic, you'll need to give details of your area of expertise and - where relevant - qualifications and professional memberships. If you are already a trainer, speak to your Trainer qualification coordinator, and if you are looking to become a trainer please see our information on becoming a trainer.

As you work towards your qualification, you will need to:

  • demonstrate good knowledge of Girlguiding's relevant resources and how to deliver appropriate training in your subject
  • ensure that the appropriate certification - where required - is available to the participants, either from Girlguiding or an awarding body
  • be able to explain to participants how they could extend their knowledge and skills further in this field.

You will also need to show your ongoing development through your Personal Development Plan, which will be reviewed and updated after each training.

Download this module

Our download gives a full list of requirements for this module, as well as tools to help your tutor support you.

Module 4: Subject matter expertise for qualified trainers