Leadership Training

Mandatory Leadership Training

There are three mandatory training sessions that new 4-H leaders must complete. New leaders are required to take these sessions within one year of registering and will be considered on probation until they have completed all three sessions.

1) NEW - 4-H Administration Course

This training session is mandatory for all leaders- new and returning- to complete. Returning leaders: Please complete this training session at your earliest convenience, by the time your Criminal Record Check is up for renewal at the very latest.

This NEW training course will help leaders to learn the administrative ins- and- outs of 4-H leadership. The program will cover topics such as the 4-H BC registration process, the forms and applications that are required for projects, scholarships and awards and the new Youth Safety Policies from 4-H Canada including the Rule of two, incident reporting and activity forms. This course is a requirement for all 4-H BC leaders to take. If you are a new leader in 2021, you must complete this training within a year. If you are a returning leader, please complete the course at your earliest convenience, or at least before your Criminal Record Check is due for renewal (this means you could have up to 2-3 years to take the course).

This training will be online via Zoom and will require an audio and visual set up in order to fully participate. There is a Zoom Etiquette document that is attached to the handouts you will receive upon registration that will provide you more detail on how to get set up.  

Registration for the online training is through Eventbrite. Below is a list of each online training date, including the link to the Eventbrite registration page for each respective date.

Please note: You are welcome to join any one of the training dates you wish, but there is a maximum of 20 spots available for each date. If your preferred date is sold out, please register for your next choice. We will be offering more training opportunities, both online and in-person, in the Fall of 2021.

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 6:30-9:30pm- https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/4-h-bc-administration-leader-training-thursday-march-4th-tickets-126489927779
Monday, March 15 , 2021, 6:30-9:30pm- https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/4-h-bc-administration-leader-training-monday-march-15th-tickets-126490016043


If you have any questions about the 4-H Administration course, or how to register, please contact Lauren Bernardi at lauren.bernardi@gov.bc.ca or at 778-666-0553.

2) Commit to Kids

New in 2020, online Commit to Kids training must be completed by all new leaders within their first year as a registered leader. Course instructions accessed here.

Leaders who have previously completed Put the Child First are not required to complete Commit to Kids.

In future years all leaders will be required to complete a brief Commit to Kids refresher module on the same year that they update their Criminal Record Check. The refresher module has not yet been released.

New leaders who have already created an account through 4-H LEARNS who need to initiate or finish their Commit to Kids Training can follow the log-in instructions here.

3) Introduction to 4-H

In this session, leaders will learn about the history, objectives, and structure of the 4-H program in BC.  The session will provide access to tools and resources that can help 4-H leaders support their members in making the most of the 4-H experience. This training session is currently only offered at in-person Regional trainings.

For a complete listing of the training courses, please refer to the Leader Training Guide here.

Online Training

4-H Awards Program

This is an online training session to help 4-H Leaders learn about the 4-H British Columbia Awards program.

Topics include:

  • Junior Awards
  • Junior Proficiency
  • Senior Awards
  • Grade 11/12 Credits
  • Achievement
  • Planning 4-H Awards Nights


Simply click the link below and log on using your 4-H British Columbia secure site username and password. A registration screen will open and you will be asked to enter some personal details. Once the registration screen is complete you can start the course immediately. The course will take 1-1.5 hours. When you reach the end of the course you will be asked to click FINISH. This will submit your answers and registration information to the Youth Development Staff who will issue your official certificate or seal of completion.

Get started by visiting learning.4hbc.ca

4-H BC Leadership Roundtable and Education Series

The feedback on the leader roundtable series has been very positive so far, so we are adding three new project specific roundtables for 4-H BC leaders!

We will be adding new roundtable sessions for Dairy, Sheep & Goat and Cloverbud leaders. Please see the updated schedule below for dates, times and the registration link. 

In addition to these new roundtables, we are also changing the Foods Leader Roundtable, scheduled for Thursday, March 25, to a session for all non-livestock leaders. We will be dividing non-livestock leaders into breakout rooms to discuss various projects. 

The roundtables are an open space for leaders to share ideas, experiences, tips and activities with each other. We ask that you come to the leader roundtables prepared to share your questions and ideas. As we continue to adapt to virtual learning environments, it is important to us that 4-H BC leaders have the opportunity to learn, connect and strengthen skills to ensure that 4-H members, families, and leaders are continuing to have a positive and meaningful 4-H experience. 

All roundtables and presentations will be on the virtual platform, Zoom, and will require participants to have an audio and visual set up. 

Registration is free of charge through Eventbrite. There are limited spots in each meeting, so if you are interested, be sure to register yourself as soon as possible so you don’t miss out! For more information and to register please follow each link in the schedule below. 

While the project roundtables are only open to the leaders enrolled within the specific project, the engaging virtual meetings presentation is open to all 4-H BC leaders.


1) 4-H BC Awards Coordinator Roundtable - This roundtable is for District Awards Coordinators only.

Tuesday, February 23, 6:30-7:30pm

Register Here

2) 4-H BC Horse Leader Roundtable - This roundtable is for 4-H BC Horse Leaders only.

Wednesday, March 10, 6:30-7:30pm

Register Here

3) *NEW*4-H BC Dairy Leader Roundtable - This roundtable is for 4-H BC Dairy Leaders only.

Thursday, March 18, 6:30-7:30pm

Register Here

4) *NEW*4-H BC Sheep & Goat Leader Roundtable - This roundtable is for 4-H BC Sheep & Goat Leaders only.

Monday, March 22, 6:30-7:30pm

Register Here

5) 4-H BC Non-Livestock Project Leader Roundtable - This roundtable is for all 4-H BC non-livestock Leaders.

Thursday, March 25, 6:30-7:30pm

Register Here

6) *NEW*4-H BC Cloverbud Leader Roundtable - This roundtable is for 4-H BC Cloverbud Leaders only.

Thursday, April 8, 6:30-7:30pm

Register Here

If you have any questions or are having troubles with registration, please reach out to Lauren Bernardi at lauren.bernardi@gov.bc.ca or at 778-666-0553. We hope to see you there!

Regional Leadership Training 2021 - TBA