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Pathfinder Leadership Programme courses are now available online. Candidates can register on this site and progress their course work online with easy electronic feedback from counselors.




Programme Details

The Master Guide (MG) Ministry is one of the leadership programs that the General Conference Youth Ministries Department uses to train people for youth leadership. The Master Guide provide assistance to the Adventurer, Pathfinders or Youth Ministries of the local church and/or conference in leadership training, discipleship and outreach endeavours.

In the South England Conference, once the Master Guide course is completed, the Pathfinder Leadership Programme is the continuing education programme for already invested Master Guides replacing the PLA/APLA/PIA. It follows the lead of the North American Division (in collaboration with the General Conference) to design a certification that meets the needs of the Master Guide in future service to the Adventurer, Pathfinder and Youth Ministries in the local church and/or conference.

It is a curriculum of learning designed to provide role specific training for adult Pathfinder club staff members. It is important for all church workers, both professional and volunteer, to continue to learn, to be familiar with current trends and to make training part of their life style. The purpose of the Pathfinder Leadership Programme is to provide the framework for that life- long training.

The seminars and related fieldwork are organized into certification programs and is designed to allow flexibility in many areas.

The South England Conference Pathfinder Leadership Programme now comprises of four certifications – Pathfinder Leadership Certification (PLC), Pathfinder Staff Leadership Certification (PSLC), Pathfinder Training and Assessment Certification (PTAC) and Pathfinder Outdoor Leadership Certification (POLC).

The PLC focuses on the skills that enable the leader to work with the Pathfinders in the club in service to each other and the community. The PSLC focuses on the skills that enable the leader to work with the staff in the club, helping them to be better leaders to the Pathfinders in ministry. The PTAC focusses on training leaders to deliver ongoing training and to assist with the Conference club assessment process. The POLC focuses on the skills needed to take young people in the outdoors effectively and creatively. The PLC, PSLC and POLC certifications include the same Outdoor Education and Wilderness Survival seminars. Along with the PTAC, the Orientation day attendance is essential and the completion of a portfolio of evidence of club participation, personal and club improvement during the year of the course and an evaluation in the two months after the course is completed.

Once you have decided which certification suits you best in collaboration with your Pathfinder Director and/or Pastor, simply register your interest on this website by completing the online application form and follow the steps to start your course for this year. The course comprises of seminars, assignments and required field work and support days before completion.

PLC or PLSC, Which Course is right for you?

Pathfinder Leadership Certification (PLC) or Pathfinder Staff Leadership Certification (PSLC) or Pathfinder Training and Assessment Certification (PTAC) or Pathfinder Outdoor Leadership Certification (POLC)?

The Pathfinder Leadership Certification is for those who are invested Master Guides as continuing education in the field of leadership.
It is intended to provide a deeper understanding of the ministry of Pathfinders. It looks at the Pathfinder Club as a whole and the individual classes as ministry agents, the role of the Pathfinder Counsellor, the relationships that exist in club leadership and explores creative ways to witness to the Pathfinders and beyond.

The Pathfinder Staff Leadership Certification is for those who are involved and interested in managing the Pathfinder Club. It is intended to provide a deeper understanding of staff support and leadership. It covers the essential areas of recruiting, training, maintaining and appreciating staff, as well as dealing with the diverse nature of the staff pool in our current society.

The Pathfinder Training and Assessment Certification is for those who are seeking to provide training such as the Basic Staff Training to other staff members and to engage with the assessment process in clubs to a high standard. It is intended to provide you with the skills and theoretical knowledge base to administer the training and assessment to club staff.

The Pathfinder Outdoor Leadership Certification is for those desiring to lead young people in the outdoors. It includes the basic qualifications of the Lowland Leader Award and includes the Outdoor First Aid Certificate. It also challenges you to extend your learning by completing additional honours in the outdoors and provides you with the Wilderness Master Award.

The PLC, PSLC and POLC certifications include seminars on Outdoor Education and Wilderness Survival skills – meaningful for the work with young people in the outdoors.

Which one is for you?

It depends on what you already know and practice in your club, what the training needs are in your club, or what the practical needs are for your club. Most importantly, pray. Pray that God will guide you to the ministry for the Pathfinders in your club and to your role with them.

PLC PSLC PTAC POLC Any
My club does no witnessing
I have no clue about Pathfinder witnessing
My club does some witnessing but I am new to club leadership
I am a newly invested Master Guide but have little club leadership experience
I have been appointed as the club leader for this year
I am an experienced Master Guide but the club is undergoing leadership issues
I have already completed the PLA programme
I am an invested Master Guide but have not been active for the last 3 years
I have been asked to be a counsellor in my club as an invested Master Guide but I have been inactive in my current club
I have completed the APLA/PIA programme
In my professional career, I have already undertaken leadership and management training
I wish to develop new skills in the outdoors
I need to be involved in the assessment of other clubs in my area, which will help me to be more creative in my club
There is no one in my club that can help my Pathfinders and Adventurers experience the outdoors