Post Number: 61
|Posted on Sunday, November 17, 2002 - 07:13 pm: ||
The Cadet Proficiency Program
The Cadet Proficiency Program is an integral part of the total St. John Ambulance youth program. It encourages Cadets and Crusaders to deepen and broaden their interests, talents and skills in many areas. Certificates, badges, and the Grand Priorís Badge, give recognition to St. John youth who have committed time and effort to meet the required standards.
This manual has been designed to meet the needs of Youth Officers in guiding their members through the Proficiency Program. It is a series of outlines to be used as guidelines by the experts who act as instructors or evaluators for the candidates.
The format of each Proficiency Subject outline is : Objective(s), Prerequisites, Instructors/Evaluators, References and materials, Content, Duration, Certification, Counterfoil for the Instructorís/Evaluatorís signature
The Cadet Officer is not expected to instruct or evaluate candidates in more than a few Proficiencies. Instead, resource people from the surrounding community may volunteer their time and knowledge to help candidates in their Proficiency work. Suggestions for possible Instructors and Evaluators are listed in each outline. Cadet Officers may know of many other suitable resources within their communities. The outlines in this manual are to be used as guidelines for these community experts, indicating what St. John Ambulance expects of the individual Cadet or Crusader in each subject. The exact content and method of teaching is left to the Instructor/Evaluator.
Every youth member must be given the opportunity to work towards the highest of all the Cadet awards - The Grand Priorís Badge. This award is highly regarded and is presented, in some provinces, by the Lieutenant-Governor. It is the only Cadet merit award badge which may be worn on the St. John Ambulance uniform as long as the individual is a member of the Brigade.
The following are the requirements of Cadets/Crusaders wishing to qualify for the Grand Priorís Badge:
- Completion of a total of twelve Proficiency Subjects. At least one proficiency in each of the above categories must be completed.
- Knowledge of the Order is a compulsory category.
- No more than four subjects may be completed in a calendar year.
- The Grand Priorís Badge will not normally be awarded until a Cadet/Crusader has a minimum of three years membership in good standing.
- Youth who have qualified in a Proficiency Subject prior to becoming a Cadet/Crusader are permitted to include their training up to two years before their enrolment date.
- Certificates will not be awarded prior to the youthís official enrolment, or after their 21st birthday.
- In the case of candidates with disabilities, some proficiencies might require special consideration. In some cases, the Instructor/Evaluator should decide the acceptable level for certification or the suitability of the proficiency requirement(s).