Welcome to the Pathfinder Specialist Award (PSA), the highest level of Pathfinder leadership training.  The PSA has been introduced as a specialist-level training package for all Pathfinder leaders and staff members throughout the South Pacific Division as from April 1, 2010.

The PSA enables all training participants to develop a specialist understanding of the philosophy and practice of Pathfindering by focusing on one or more of the different leadership areas. It provides comprehensive and quality training in various aspects of club structure and function, spiritual formation, programming, indoor and outdoor activity coordination, Occupational Health and Safety as well as involvement in Conference/Mission events.

The specialty areas offered include:

  • Specialty 1 - Outdoor Leadership
  • Specialty 2 - Administration & Human Relations
  • Specialty 3 - Camping
  • Specialty 4 - Church & Community
  • Specialty 5 - Creativity
  • Specialty 6 - Drill & Marching
  • Specialty 7 - Recreation

The PSA is a combination of four "outdoor" units from the former Pathfinder Basic training program which were not included in the current Pathfinder Leadership Award (PLA) as well as material from the former PLA training program. The PSA also includes various advanced specialty streams that were originally offered in the former Advanced Pathfinder Leadership Award (APLA) which has ceased to exist as of January 1, 2010.  As such, the PSA is a training package that will specifically equip leaders to become specialists in one or more of seven specific areas of Pathfinder ministry including: Outdoor Leadership, Administration and Human Relations, Camping, Church and Community, Creativity, Drill and Marching and Recreation.


The former Advanced Pathfinder Leadership Award (APLA) program was originally designed to be the highest level training package for District Directors (in Australia and New Zealand) and Area Coordinators (Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Island territories) as well as experienced Pathfinder club leaders who wished to continue to develop specialized skills in Pathfinder leadership. Upon completion of the APLA training, participants were considered to have become senior level Pathfinder Leaders who would function as staff at Conference/Mission level or in a local club.

However, due to changes in the outdoor industry in Australia and New Zealand, new government accredited training units needed to be introduced particularly in regard to the outdoor specialty of the APLA. This need was the catalyst that sparked the development of the PSA. The other specialty areas of PSA - Administration and Human relations, Camping, Church and Community, Creativity, Drill and Marching and Recreation - are essentially similar to the original requirements in APLA; however some resources have been upgraded.


The resources for this curriculum have been tailored to address the geographical and cultural diversity within the South Pacific Division, particularly in Specialty 1 - Outdoor Leadership.  This material is either government- or terrain-specific to that region and therefore it is in the best interest of Pathfinder leaders to work with the approved teaching units for their territories. 

Please click on the links below according to your respective territory:

PSA resource documents for the AUC

PSA resource documents for the NZPUC

PSA resource documents for the PNGUM & TPUM - Coming soon!