Mandatory Ongoing Learning

Mandatory Ongoing Learning has always been important to The Scout Association to keep all its members safe. In POR version Sept 2020, the rules and guidance were enhanced and in places extended. More tools were made available to enable Line Managers to monitor this to ensure all their volunteers stay up-to-date.

Mandatory Ongoing Learning (MOL) refers to:

Safety – Required within 5 months of starting, complete module SFTY which produces a certificate, then renew every 3 years

Safeguarding – Required within 5 months of starting, complete module SAFE which produces a certificate, then renew every 3 years

First Aid – Required within first 3 years, Minimum Module 10 (or 10a/10b) (one day) then renew every 3 years

All membership roles have to do Safety and Safeguarding training and renewals. Roles that require a Wood-badge have to do First Aid training and renewals. Volunteers in other roles can opt to do the First Aid training and opt whether to renew it.


Knowing when to renew

Line managers are responsible for ensuring their team is up-to-date (POR 3.43.i, 4.50.i and 5.40.i).

Other teams support them in making this happen; HQ email people 30 days before they need their Safety and Safeguarding renewed, Dorset Adult Training may invite volunteers to First Aid training events.

The line manager is emailed by HQ if it goes overdue. If it goes overdue, line managers should use Mutually Agreed Restrictions until the renewal is completed. No volunteer can attend a Nights Away if their Safety or Safeguarding training has expired.


How do they do the renewal training?

Safety and Safeguarding are online modules and can be found on the Learners Hub (scroll to the bottom). If a member of your team cannot use online training or is uncomfortable with it, organise someone to sit with them and take them through. Any problems, please contact your Local Training Manager.

First Aid can be renewed within scouting or externally. If renewing within scouting, see the Training Calendar and search on ’10’. If the volunteer renews externally, ask them to send a photo or scan of their certificate to


How to know your team’s renewal dates

Firstly, not all renewal durations will be 3 years whilst we are in transition period until the end of 2021. The previous renewal period was 5 years and these were altered on a sliding scale to ensure no individual was immediately impacted by the change from 5 years.

There are two options to find out your team’s renewal dates. You can search online in Compass and read the info on the screen. This works well if its small numbers becoming due.

The alternative is to use the Compliance Assistant which gives you an excel report of your whole team, highlighting anything overdue and anything coming up. This can be run by GSLs, DCs, DDCs, CTM, LTMs, CC, DCCs, Appointment Secretaries and Group/District/County administrators. County Office runs this for DCs every two weeks.

Alternatively, you can encourage individuals to check their own record on Compass.

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