Leadership qualification

Join our team of inspirational leaders by learning how to run a high-quality unit, provide a great programme and support your girls

To become a leader, you'll need to complete our Leadership qualification.

Without our 80,000 leaders, guiding simply wouldn't happen. Being a leader is one of our most rewarding roles as you get to work directly with girls, supporting them and helping them to grow into confident young women.

Who can complete this qualification?

You can start working towards your Leadership qualification when you are 16. However, you can only become a leader once you are 18. While working towards your Leadership qualification you will be referred to as a leader in training.

What will I learn?

The first three modules of our Leadership qualification are compulsory. After you complete them, you will be qualified as an assistant leader and will be awarded your Leadership qualification. You will be listed as 'Assistant leader' on GO.

  • Module 1: Your role in our programme - covers planning and delivering a high quality programme specific to the section (Rainbows, Brownies, Guides or Rangers) you want to work with.
  • Module 2: Your role in Girlguiding - covers making or renewing your Promise, contributing to meetings at a local level and getting involved in local guiding.
  • Module 3: Your role in safety and unit administration - covers safety requirements within the unit, effective communication with parents and the local community, and your responsibility for managing unit funds.

Once you’ve gained your basic Leadership qualification, you can complete module 4 to become a leader. Anyone who completes all four modules, will be listed as 'leader' on GO.

  • Module 4: Your role in managing the unit - this module is optional for assistant leaders but is required for unit leaders. It covers managing record-keeping systems and effective communication in your area.

Download modules 1 and 4 for those who have completed their Leadership qualification (PDF).

Moving section

We have updated the process for qualified leaders who would like to lead a different section.

Instead of doing module 1 again, you can now work through a checklist with your mentor or local commissioner.

Download the module 1 checklist
Download the guidance for commissioners and mentors

How long will it take?

There is no set time for completion of the Leadership qualification, but it generally takes about six months to complete. 

What training and support will I get?

Everyone who undertakes our Leadership qualification is assigned a mentor - a qualified leader who will guide you through the syllabus and support you by answering any questions you may have.

Our Being a leader videos are also designed to help provide an introduction to a unit role in Girlguiding.

As part of the Leadership qualification, you will also need to attend 1st Response (first aid) training and A Safe Space training on safeguarding.

How will I be assessed?

The Leadership qualification is a competency-based qualification. This means that you will need to plan and run meetings to achieve it, demonstrating that you have the skills and experience required to be an effective leader.

For each element of the qualification, you'll have to submit evidence of your progress. This may take various forms, including:

  • training certificates
  • written notes
  • minutes from local meetings
  • completed forms
  • correspondence
  • photos
  • discussions with your mentor.

Elements of the qualification can be signed off by various people - such as your unit leader, a parent or your mentor. Once your mentor is happy that all elements have been completed, she will submit your Leadership qualification folder to an internal Verifier. This person will check through your folder, before a certificate of completion is issued and your role on GO is updated.

Are you completing your Leadership qualification whilst your unit is meeting online? Download our risk images to identify the hazards you may come across during an in-person event, and discuss them with your mentor.
An indoor unit meeting.
A camping trip.
A meeting in the park.
An end-of-term party.


How do I apply?

Speak to your local commissioner or unit leader to find out more. If you decide to take on the qualification, they will assign you a mentor to guide you through the process.

Any questions?

If you need support or advice with our training, please contact [email protected].