Why do The Duke of Ed?

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Get involved with something different and achieve something worthwhile through The Duke of Ed.

You will be able to:

You’ll get recognition for doing many of the activities you already do. You can also choose new activities that you’ve always wanted to do.

When you successfully complete an Award level you will receive an internationally recognised certificate and badge.


Read stories about young people who've completed The Duke of Ed, or hear about the experiences and thoughts of participants completing the Award in the latest video from the Queensland Award Operating Authority.

It can help you find a job

The Duke of Ed is increasingly recognised by employers so it can even help you get a job.

You will gain experience in many of the skills employers look for: communication, problem solving, initiative, organisation, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

You will also be seen as someone with a range of interests, who actively participates in their community and who shows perseverance and commitment.

Earn credits towards your QCE

The Duke of Ed is a recognised course of study for the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), which is usually awarded at the end of Year 12. You can earn up to 4 credits—1 for Bronze, 1 for Silver and 2 for Gold.

To earn credit points for your QCE, you must complete your Award while you are in Years 10–12 and provide the Queensland Award Operating Authority with your Learner Unique Identifier (LUI).

It is recognised throughout the world

The Duke of Ed is part of an international program running in 140 countries and is the largest structured youth development program in Australia.

The Award is recognised interstate and overseas.

Apply for The Duke of Ed and become part of an international community.