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We need more people who can step up and help others to complete their training, whether that's as informal Training Mentors or appointed Personal Leader Advisors - as it stands, we have about 20 people involved in these roles right now, but over 1,000 Rovers and RAs who need assistance.

If this interests you, but you don’t think you have the skills or knowledge to help others, don’t worry! There’s a course that will teach you everything you need to know, and an annual conference to keep you up to date. Plus all the other PLAs in the Rover Section who you can fall back on for support.

The PLA Course, is generally attended by Rovers and Leaders who have completed their Woodbadge and are well at home in completing Scout training courses. This usually means that there is a lot of fun and games included in the course, as well as the official curriculum:

  • eLearning
  • Induction processes
  • Lots of focus on the training workbooks
  • Mentoring methods
  • Course tutoring

Of course, you don't need to complete the course to be effective in the Training Mentor role, but it does help you to understand the training scheme in general, and the workbooks in particular.

Nationally Recognised Qualifications

The PLA Course is mapped to two units from the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110)

  • Plan, Organise and Facilitate Work-Based Learning (TAEDEL402A)
  • Mentoring in the Workplace (TAEDEL404A)

This means that you will receive these qualifications after successfully completing the course.


There are no prerequisites to attend the PLA Course.
To be appointed to the official position of Personal Leader Advisor, you will need to:

  • Hold a Woodbadge (Ideally the Rover Woodbadge)
  • Complete the Training of Trainers - Personal Leader Advisor course.
  • Be recommended by your Region Chairman or District Commissioner to the State Commissioner for Rovers as suitable.
  • Be willing to attend the annual Training Support Conference.


In 2015, the course fee is $60.
The Rover Training Team reimburses the course fee on successful completion of the course.

How do I apply?

Send a complete TR1 (Adult Training Application) Form to the Training Office at the Victorian Scout Centre,

or Apply Online Here!

Who do I contact for more information?

The Victorian Rover Council Training Officer - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Your District Leader - Adult Training Support
The Training Enquiry Page