Living in Northern Ireland?

Joint Award Initiative

In Northern Ireland The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has a Joint Agreement with Gaisce – The President’s Award which enables young people who complete the programme to have a choice of Award certification: a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Certificate, a Gaisce –The President’s Award certificate or an International Award Certificate. When you have completed all sections of your programme just let your Leader know which certificate you would like to receive. If you choose a Gaisce – the President’s Award Certificate at Gold level you will also be offered the opportunity to attend a Gold Award Presentation Ceremony in Dublin Castle. We hope you enjoy taking part in the programme.

Joint Award Initiative Welcome Pack (NI only)

The Joint Award Initiative Welcome Pack (NI only) includes an Award Online account as well as information on completing a Bronze, Silver or Gold programme. The Welcome Pack also includes information on your choice of certification, The Little Book of the Joint Award Initiative, a Keeping Track booklet, Assessor Cards and a Reward Card.

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Joint Award Initiative – Frequently Asked Questions

 

I live in Northern Ireland. Can I receive a Gaisce medal & certificate?

Yes! In Northern Ireland The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has a Joint Agreement with Gaisce – The President’s Award which enables young people who complete their programme to have a choice of Award certification: a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Certificate, a Gaisce – The President’s Award Certificate or an International Award Certificate. When you have completed all sections of your programme just let your Leader know which certificate you would like to receive! It’s up to you which one you’d like to receive!

I live in Dublin. Can I do The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?

No. It doesn’t quite work both ways. Whilst in Northern Ireland The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has a Joint Agreement with Gaisce – The President’s Award which enables young people who complete their programme to have a choice of Award certification (see question above); Gaisce – The President’s Award has no such reciprocal agreement in place at this point in time.

Can I have both a President’s Award and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Certificate?

Unfortunately, no. This is not allowed by the International Award. However, you do not need to select which certificate you want to receive until you have completed all sections of your programme.

If I opt to have a Gaisce – The President’s Award Certificate can I have it presented?

Gold Gaisce – The President’s Award Certificates are usually presented in Dublin Castle by the President of Ireland. At Bronze and Silver levels you can opt to attend a Joint Award Initiative presentation. The venues for these move on each occasion.

Does the President present Award Certificates?

The President of Ireland usually presents Gold Gaisce – The President’s Award Certificates in Dublin.

Where are Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Certificates presented?

Either HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Earl of Wessex attend every Gold Award Presentation. Once you have completed all sections of your programme you can select where you would like your presentation to take place. The choice is Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland, Holyrood Palace, Scotland or St James’s Palace, London.

Where are Gold Gaisce – The President’s Award Certificates presented?

Gold Gaisce – The President’s Award Certificates are usually presented in Dublin Castle by the President of Ireland.

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