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1st4sport Level 1 Certificate in Preparation for Event Volunteering (QCF)

Qualification Number 600/4604/1
Credit Value (Guided Learning Hours) 13 (125)
SFA/LAD Funding Code 600/4604/1
Entry age: 16
Qualification Operational Start Date 30/01/2012
Qualification Review Date 31/12/2017
Certification End Date 31/12/2018
Qualification Specification Download

This qualification is equivalent to Level 2 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)*.

To find out how to apply to deliver this qualification see the How to Apply section. There are no costs involved in applying or becoming a 1st4sport recognised centre.

The 1st4sport Level 1 Certificate in Preparation for Event Volunteering (QCF) is the first qualification on the event volunteering ladder. The qualification is designed to provide learners aged 16 and over with an introduction to the practical and theoretical aspects of event volunteering. The foundation level of knowledge recognised in this qualification will enable them to develop an understanding of safe, ethical and effective event volunteering. Those who complete this Certificate will be able to volunteer at events under the supervision of a more qualified member of staff, whether paid or in a voluntary capacity.

The Skills Funding Agency have decided that this qualification is not eligible for public funding after 31 July 2013; however it may still be delivered and funded, where appropriate, as part of an Apprenticeship.


*Please note there may be exceptions to the above. Further information about the EQF can be found on the EQF Portal.

Learners are required to be at least 16 years of age.

The qualification is divided into the following units:

Unit Title Unit Reference No. GLH Credit
101 Becoming a Volunteer R/503/5919 15 2
102 Knowing about Volunteering at a Public Event J/503/5904 10 1
103 Emergency and Basic Fire Awareness L/503/5904 10 1
104 Public Safety Awareness R/503/5905 10 1
105 Understanding Effective Customer Relations at a Public Event Y/503/5906 10 1
106 Understanding Equality and Diversity H/503/5908 10 1
107 Introduction to Understanding Conflict Resolution in a Public Environment A/503/5915 10 1
108 Developing Team and Interpersonal Skills F/503/5916 20 2
109 Preparing for, Reflecting on and Being a Volunteer L/503/5918 30 3

Unlike many other awarding organisations, which just supply you with the basic qualification standards, we go that extra mile to support you by providing:

  • full and comprehensive Learner Packs, which include a full set of structured learning and assessment tasks to help you deliver and assess the qualification
  • tutor/assessor guidance notes, which include sample answers to support you when assessing your learners
  • online qualification administration, enabling you to process learners quickly and effectively, and making the records we hold on your learners accessible to you at the click of a mouse.

For recognised centres and tutors, the qualification is supported by the following resources:

  • generic administrative guidance and tools for recognised centres
  • Qualification Specification outlining the requirements of delivering and assessing the qualification
  • 1st4sport Level 1 Certificate in Preparation for Event Volunteering (QCF) Tutor/Assessor/Verifier Guidance Pack
  • 1st4sport Level 1 Certificate in Preparation for Event Volunteering (QCF) Tutor/Assessor/Verifier Guidance to Assessment Pack
  • internal and independent assessment tools.

For learners, the qualification is supported by the following resources:

  • 1st4sport Level 1 Certificate in Preparation for Event Volunteering (QCF) Learner Pack
  • internal and independent assessment tools.

Fees are charged per learner and provide registration and certification for the qualification, as well as a 1st4sport Learner Pack, learning resources and certificate. There are no costs involved in applying or becoming a 1st4sport recognised centre. Further information on fees is available from your qualification application form.

Organisations new to 1st4sport

If you are not already a 1st4sport recognised centre, you need to apply to become one. The first step is to check you can meet the Centre Recognition and Qualification Approval Criteria for this qualification and submit the forms to us.

You can find more information on this process by visiting: Five Steps to Becoming a 1st4sport Recognised Centre.

Please note: you will not be able to become recognised or approved until you have confirmed that you can meet these criteria.

Existing 1st4sport recognised centres

If you are already a 1st4sport recognised centre and would like to seek approval to deliver this qualification, please check that your centre can meet the Qualification Approval Criteria.

You can find more information on this process by visiting: Four Steps to Becoming Approved to Deliver an Additional Qualification.

Please note: you will not be able to become approved until you have confirmed that you can meet these criteria.

This qualification sits on the QCF. Further information about the benefits of the framework can be found by visiting the Ofqual website.

All learners being registered for QCF qualifications are required to have a Unique Learner Number (ULN) issued by the Learner Register. To be approved to offer this QCF qualification, you will need to demonstrate that you can access and verify learners’ ULNs with the Learner Register. Find out more about this process from the Learning Records Service website.