Project Proficiency Instructions & Information
The goal of the Glenn County 4-H Proficiency program is to give members recognition and rewards in a timely manner and in a variety of ways to meet the diverse needs of today’s youth.
It is also designed to assist youth in measuring themselves against ‘standards of excellence’. Each proficiency is comprised of three skill levels and should be designed to increase in scope and difficulty. The proficiencies are three-fold in purpose:
- To provide youth opportunities to sample a broad array of experiences, measure personal progress, and become self-directed learners.
- To provide a standard of excellence where members are recognized for knowledge and skills they have mastered.
- To provide guidelines for leaders to enhance and expand project content and experiences.
The proficiencies are not a test. Youth should not be quizzed at the end of each 4-H year to determine how much they have learned. The proficiencies should be given to each youth member as a set of goals that they, as individuals, can work toward over one of more years. Completion of all three levels of a proficiency indicates “mastery” of a subject.
The proficiency program is voluntary. Not all youth will find this type of activity rewarding. Many youth enter a project with their own goals. They join to learn a specific skill or group of skills, but not to achieve mastery of a subject. Additionally, not all project leaders will choose to go into such depth of each subject area. Completion of Level I, may be all that is offered by a particular project leader.
We encourage leaders to give proficiency guides to members sometime during the first or second year in a project. At this point, the leader allows the member to determine which skills and/or knowledge areas he or she wants to master. Youth members can work on skills in several levels at the same time. The leader’s job is to check each item in a level when the member has completed it.
For the skill areas which require demonstration, youth members may demonstrate individually to the leader (project or teen), the group, or the club at a local meeting. Members are not required to demonstrate in front of a group as we are measuring master of a subject, not public speaking ability. Some leaders leave time at the end of each project meeting for members to work on their proficiencies.
term, use this time to teach the individual and allow member a month to think about it and review. The youth member will return with the knowledge learned and present it with confidence.
Allow a significant amount of time (one month) to lapse between the time a skill is taught and member demonstrates mastery. This allows time to practice and achieve mastery, not merely reflect on a newly learned skill.
Reward immediately! Recognition is most meaningful when it is presented immediately following a learning experience. Initial and date each item as the member completes the skill. When all items in a level are completed sign the Certificate of Achievement and notify your County 4-H/UCCE Office.
For members to qualify for proficiency awards, they must complete all the requirements below.
1. Have up-to-date and complete enrollment packet and enrollment fees on file at the UCCE Office.
2. Attend 6 out of the 8 club and project meetings.
3. Members must provide 4-H Records to the club leader for project completion verification. Records must include Annual Project Report form for each project a member is applying for a Proficiency Award, and the completed Proficiency Form.
Project Proficiency Instructions
Tips for Leaders
ARTS & CRAFTS Arts & Crafts Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2017
BAKING & BREAD MAKING Baking & Breadmaking Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2014
CAKE DECORATING Cake Decorating Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012
CLOTHING & TEXTILES Clothing and Textiles Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012
COMMUNITY PRIDE Community Pride Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012
CULTURAL ARTS-SPANISH Cultural Arts-Spanish Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012
DAIRY GOATS Dairy Goats Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012
DOG OBEDIENCE Dog Obedience Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012
DUMMY ROPING Dummy Roping Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2017
ELECTRICITY & ELECTRONICS Electricity and Electronics Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012
FARM MACHINERY Farm Machinery Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012
FLORAL DESIGN Floral Design Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012
FOOD PRESERVATION Food Preservation Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012
FOODS & NUTRITION Foods & Nutrition Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012
GRAPHIC ARTS Graphic Arts Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2012
LEATHERCRAFT Leathercraft Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012
NEEDLECRAFTING Needlecrafting Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012
PHOTOGRAPHY-DIGITAL Photography-Digital Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2017
PHOTOGRAPHY-FILM Photography-Film Proficiency Level 1-3 - updated 2017
PYGMY GOATS Pygmy Goat Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2016
SCIENCE LITERACY Science Literacy Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012
SCRAPBOOKING Scrapbooking Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012
SIGN LANGUAGE Sign Language Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012
SMALL ENGINES Small Engines Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012
SPORT SHOOTING Sport Shooting Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012
STAMP COLLECTING Stamp Collecting Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012
TEEN COUNCIL Teen Council Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012
VET SCIENCE Vet Science Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012
WOODWORKING Woodworking Proficiency Level 1-3 - Updated 2012