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) 4-H Administration Course

This 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 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.

We are offering this training session virtually on Zoom so you will be required to have 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. 

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 now offered virtually as well as in-person at Regional trainings.

If you would like to register for a virtual session, you will be required to have 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. 

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

4) NEW - 4-H in Canada Youth Safety Refresher

Launched in the Spring of 2022, the Youth Safety Refresher Course is intended to be a refresher to the Commit to Kids and Youth Safety Training completed at the beginning of your time as a 4-H trained leader.

Every three years, when your Criminal Record Check (CRC) is up for renewal, leaders are required to complete this refresher training to ensure you are confident in applying skills to identify and handle issues related to the abuse of children and youth, and that youth safety at 4-H across Canada remains a top priority in all that we do.

The course will take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete and is entirely self-paced, meaning you are able to save your progress and return to it at any time. The online course is hosted on a platform called Easygenerator.

At the beginning of the year that your CRC is up for renewal you will receive an email notification from the 4-H BC office with a link to access the online course. You will be prompted to create your own profile in Easygenerator and then you may begin the course. To assist you, 4-H Canada has put together a Tips and Tricks document to make your experience as simple and smooth as possible and help to answer any questions you may have about the course content or the platform.

New leaders are not required to complete this training and must first complete their mandatory training courses; Introduction to 4-H, Commit to Kids and 4-H Administration (see above for more information about these courses).

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

Leader Training Guide

For a complete listing of the 4-H BC leader training courses that we have available, please take a look at the 4-H BC Leader Training Guide here: Leader Training Guide

Regional Leadership Training 2022

  • 1) Vancouver Island

    TBA - TBA

  • 2) Fraser Valley

    TBA - TBA

  • 3) Kamloops/Okanagan

    TBA - TBA

  • 4) Kootenays

    TBA - TBA

  • 5) Peace River

    TBA - TBA

  • 6) Central Interior - CANCELLED

    N/A - N/A

  • 8) Yellowhead West

    TBA - TBA

  • Key Leader Training

    Saturday, January 22, 2022 - Virtual - Details & Registration

  • 4-H BC Leadership Symposium 2021

    Friday, October 15 - Sunday, October 17, 2021 - Vernon - Details & Registration