What is it?

The Community Volunteering Qualifications provide a means to recognise and accredit voluntary and community activities and can aid the recruitment and retention of volunteers, as well as rewarding their contributions within particular organisations or projects. There is also a single-unit event volunteering qualification available at Entry 3 and Levels 1-3.

The qualifications below have been accredited by the regulatory bodies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (Ofqual, DfES and CCEA) and appear in the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

Who is it for?

CVQ is for anyone aged over 14 who chooses to give their time for the benefit of the community without payment. There are no specific candidate entry requirements. However, people may have completed or be working towards:

  • A period of volunteering community action/service or work experience
  • Community or Junior Sports Leaders Awards Level 1 or 2
  • Business employees volunteering in the community
  • Community Education programmes
  • Queen's Scout Award
  • V50 or VImpact Awards
  • Adults volunteering
  • Duke of Edinburgh's Award
  • GCSEs, A Levels or NVQs
  • Learning Champion training
  • Qualifications for Volunteer Skills for Life Assistants

Facts and figures

Important: Please download this communication notice about the withdrawal of CVQ.

At Level 3, 50 UCAS points have been allocated for the Certificate in Community Volunteering and 30 UCAS points for the Award in Community Volunteering.

Download the full list of qualifications (QAN) codes and performance figures for ASDAN qualifications.


The qualifications are unit based and there is a wide choice of units available at each level. Each unit is credit rated; a credit is equivalent to 10 hours notional learning time (not necessarily contact time with a tutor/supervisor). Candidates produce a portfolio of evidence which is internally assessed and externally moderated.

CVQ candidates achieve qualifications by gaining the required number of credits. Candidates need to achieve 6 credits for a full Award (8 credits at Level 3) and 15 credits for the full Certificate, including the mandatory units. Download a list of CVQ units and credits.

Organisations that could offer CVQ include:

  • Schools, colleges, universities and adult education providers
  • Councils for Voluntary Services, Volunteer Centres and Third Sector training organisations
  • Charitable or Social Enterprises
  • Youth and community groups
  • Sports centres and associations
  • Health services
  • Extended schools looking for ways to accredit extra-curricular activities
  • Secure estates and other criminal justice provision

Units and Standards

Download the standards to find out what is required for each unit at Levels 1 and 2 or Level 3. Please note that centres registering to deliver CVQ will be able to access a full copy of the Standards with Guidance, which provides key information on how to interpret and implement the standards. Download sample units from the Standards with Guidance.

Download the Event Volunteering Standards with Guidance for Entry 3Level 1Level 2 or Level 3 (see right).

Event Volunteering qualifications

The single-unit Awards in event volunteering are 20-hour or 30-hour qualifications that are appropriate for both adults and young people aged 14 and over who volunteer their time at an event (for example, a summer play scheme, community festival, sports tournament or general fundraising event). The qualification has been approved by Ofqual, CCEA and DfES, the regulators for qualifications in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

For the purposes of the event volunteering qualification, an event is a significant activity or occurrence that has clearly defined outcomes. The aim of the qualification is to enable volunteers (young people and adults) to develop the skills and knowledge needed to make an effective contribution at an event.

Getting started

If you are not yet registered with ASDAN, your first step is to complete an Application for Centre Registration Form. See the Join section for more information. Current ASDAN centres need to ensure that the qualification is added to their centre's registration.

Following registration, you will be able to purchase candidate registrations and access additional resources and guidance via the members area.

Training and support

All centres running CVQ must have an ASDAN-trained co-ordinator; ASDAN provides introductory training workshops and can arrange in-house training

Centre co-ordinators and assessors from centres registered for CVQ are invited to attend free regional support meetings throughout the year.


After students' portfolios have been internally moderated, centres must register candidates' names for external moderation, which is carried out by post. ASDAN will issue certificates following successful external moderation.

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