Accrediting volunteering

ASDAN offers a variety of programmes and qualifications that can be used to recognise and accredit volunteers’ efforts in a many different settings:

  • Schools and colleges
  • Business volunteering days (CSR)
  • Universities
  • Local authorities
  • Volunteer centres
  • Training organisations
  • Charitable or social enterprises
  • Youth and community groups
  • Sports centres and associations
  • Health organisations

Volunteering Short Courses

The Volunteering Short Courses provide convenient ways to capture, record and recognise the work of volunteers. They can be used by learners aged 13+ in all kinds of settings and could form a part of a 16-19 Study Programme. They contain challenges to help plan and review volunteering activity, along with logs to keep track of the work carried out.

These Short Courses:

  • recognise 10-60 hours of volunteering in any setting
  • are based around a record book for volunteers to complete as they go along
  • require volunteers to collect evidence of their volunteering activities in a portfolio
  • offer volunteers a certificate of achievement, with no external moderation required


Event Volunteering Qualifications are single-unit qualifications, available at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2 and are appropriate for adults and young people aged 14 and over who volunteer their time at an event, such as a:

  • summer play scheme 
  • sports tournament 
  • community festival 
  • general fundraising event 

The aim of these qualifications is to enable volunteers to develop the skills and knowledge needed to make an effective contribution at an event.

Wider Key Skills or Employability can be used to accredit a range of skills and qualities that can be developed through volunteering, such as:

  • Customer service
  • Team working
  • Coping with problems
  • Communication, ICT and numeracy
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Positive attitude to work
  • Experience of the workplace
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Organisational skills