What is the National Volunteer Certificate?

The National Volunteer standards were developed by Volunteer Service Managers to provide a framework for induction education for volunteers. The aim is to improve consistency and standardisation in volunteer induction and enable volunteers to develop within their volunteering role. Completion of induction supports the process for ensuring that volunteers are safe in the environment in which they will be volunteering.

  • There are 6 core standards which all volunteers are encouraged to achieve as they start their volunteer journey. Successful completion of these 6 core standards will enable the volunteer to claim the National Volunteer Certificate.
  • The standards have been also been mapped to the outcomes of the National Care Certificate used in the preparation of support workers in health and care settings. They will provide some underpinning knowledge for this should volunteers choose to move into a health or care based career.
  • There are additional optional modules available which may not be needed by all volunteers but can support those in more specific roles. It is anticipated that the optional standards will be added to over time to enhance the preparation of more volunteering roles.

Guidance on how to achieve the 6 core standards can be found in the info section or by clicking here.