Adult Training

Dear Leader,

As you know, circumstances beyond our control have dictated that face to face scouting activities are suspended until further notice. What a fantastic opportunity to use the time that you would usually spend planning and running your meetings to get your training records up to date. 

Some training can be completed online or via workbooks, and if you have already gained the knowledge, and completed the validation activities all you need do is contact your Training Adviser (TA) to discuss the ‘check your knowledge’ topics, show them the evidence of what you have done and discuss how it went. The discussion can’t be face to face just now but you could send documents to your TA in advance by email, then arrange a time for the discussion using something like Microsoft Teams or Skype; a phone call would do the job.

If you don’t know who your TA is, or if you don’t have one, contact your Assistant District Commissioner (Adult Training) to ask. The ADCs’ email addresses are below.

So where to start?

  1. Log onto Compass, click on My Profile and then Training. If you have (or had) other roles it’ll be easier if you click on Show PLP for the role you want to check so you get a list of all the relevant modules. For help with Compass click here. 
  2. First check Getting Started is complete for all your current roles. This is Essential Information, Personal Learning Plan, Tools for the Role (either for Section Leaders, or for Managers and Supporters) and GDPR. If you need to complete the learning, refer to the Learning Methods list to find links to online resources. Work through the elearning, save a copy of the completion certificate and send it to your TA.
  3. The next priority is the Mandatory Ongoing Learning. Scroll down to the bottom of the Personal Learning Plan (PLP) and check that Safety and Safeguarding are in date, and not about to expire. If necessary, go to the online module (details in Learning Methods list), work through the elearning, save a copy of the completion certificate and send it to your TA.
  4. Have a look to see what gaps there are in the ‘Learning Completed’ and ‘Validated On’ columns of your PLP.
  5. If ‘Learning Completed’ is blank in Compass refer to the Learning Methods document to identify any that could be done electronically or by workbook. If you decide to do any electronically, make sure you save a screen-print of the completion certificate. You will need to send this to your TA as evidence you have completed the module.
  6. If ‘Learning Completed’ is populated, but ‘Validated On’ is blank, refer to the Leaders’ Training Guide to find out what you need to do to validate. Given that validation is about putting the learning into practise you will possibly find you have met the requirements anyway – it may be that you just need to collect together the evidence. If not, guess what goes in your next section programme plan!
  7. Contact your TA and agree a time to ‘meet’. You might need to send them some documentation in advance, e.g. your programme, detailed notes for a meeting, instructions for an activity, risk assessment etc.). The meeting can’t be face to face just now, so think about Microsoft Teams, Skype or similar, or if you’re really struggling, a phone call.
  8. Any questions – contact your Training Advisor if you have one, or your ADC (Adult Training). 



ADC Name

ADC Email Address


Tamsin Growden


Kath Gamble


Brian Donoghue

East Lothian

Rosemary Laird


Edinburgh North East

Vince Ridd


Ian Sharp



Nathan Sutcliffe


Mary Dick
Assistant Regional Commissioner (Adult Training)