What is a PREB Certificate?
A PREB Certificate is a document that is issued to volunteers to recognize skills demonstrated during their volunteer experiences.
Related volunteer hours, activities performed, special achievements or training obtained and comments from volunteers’ supervisors are also included on a PREB Certificate.
Skills listed on the PREB Certificate are informed by the National Occupation Classification Code. The double-sided document measures 8.5” x 11”.
What is PREB-Ontario?
PREB-Ontario is a Volunteer Experience Recognition Program that supports capacity-building for the voluntary sector in Ontario through standardized volunteer recognition practices.
A set of online proprietary tools, PREB-Ontario is used to prepare personalized, official PREB Certificates that recognize volunteers for their skills demonstrated during their volunteer experiences. An adaptation of the national PREB program, PREB-Ontario is a Pan/Parapan Am Games’ Volunteer Legacy Initiative, sponsored by the Government of Ontario.
Using its membership of Volunteer Centres in Ontario, the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN) provides the necessary framework to ensure that non-profits and voluntary organizations are PREB-Ontario certified and qualified to deliver PREB Certificates.
Originally, PREB-Ontario was designed as a resilient and sustainable legacy to deliver personalized, official PREB Certificates to the 23,000 plus volunteers who supported the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
What does PREB mean?
PREB is a French acronym that literally stands for Programme de Reconnaissance des Expériences de Bénévolat, a national Volunteer Experience Recognition Program that originated in Quebec. PREB-Ontario is a version of PREB specifically tailored for the province of Ontario.
What is a Pan Am/Parapan Am Games’ Volunteer Legacy Initiative and why is PREB-Ontario referred to as one?
PREB-Ontario is one of two initiatives that the Government of Ontario launched on April 7, 2014, to support and encourage volunteerism during the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and beyond. It was designed as a resilient and sustainable legacy to deliver personalized, official PREB Certificates to the 23,000 plus volunteers who supported the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. That legacy lives on every time an Ontario volunteer is recognized with a PREB Certificate. That’s the reason why PREB-Ontario is referred to as a Pan Am/Parapan Am Games’ Volunteer Legacy Initiative.
Then, is PREB-Ontario managed by the Government of Ontario?
No. The OVCN developed and implements the PREB-Ontario program which is sponsored by the Government of Ontario.
How does PREB-Ontario recognize volunteers?
Volunteer Centres in Ontario are trained in the use of PREB-Ontario’s set of proprietary online tools and in turn, they hold workshops to certify their respective community-based non-profits and charitable organizations. After completing the workshop, participants become PREB-Ontario certified to issue PREB Certificates to recognize volunteers. Since PREB-Ontario was launched as a Pan Am/Parapan Am Games’ Volunteer Legacy Initiative, the 23,000 plus Games’ volunteers are the first to receive certificates from this new system.
Are there benefits to getting a PREB Certificate from PREB-Ontario?
Of course there are benefits!
The PREB Certificate is ideal for anyone looking to be recognized for their volunteer involvement, but especially for:
- Employment seekers as it provides a formal demonstration of experience, which can help distinguish yourself from others
- Employers as it provides a credible reference and lists skills which are transferrable to the workplace
- Youth as it provides a professional reference which can be usd when applying for scholarships and bursaries
- Voluntary organizations as PREB-Ontario is a new era in volunteer recognition which can help them attract volunteers
As a volunteer, how do I get a PREB Certificate?
PREB Certificates are issued by PREB-Ontario certified non-profit and charitable organizations only. If you volunteer with a PREB-Ontario certified organization, you may receive a PREB-Certificate highlighting your skills demonstrated during your volunteer experience.
If you volunteer at an organization that is not PREB-Ontario certified, and you want to be recognized for the skills demonstrated during your volunteer experience, encourage the organization to contact Volunteer MBC to sign up for an upcoming PREB-Ontario workshop. This way, you and other volunteers can get a personalized, official PREB Certificate; a provincial-level document of volunteer recognition.
Can a volunteer pay for a PREB Certificate?
A PREB Certificate may be given to a volunteer to recognize their demonstrated skills during a volunteer term. It is given free of charge.
Can I get more than one PREB Certificate?
Of course. A volunteer can receive more than one PREB Certificate. Some volunteer experiences may warrant a PREB Certificate - particularly skills-based volunteer experiences - and others may not. If getting a PREB Certificate is important to you, please discuss with your volunteer supervisor prior to taking on a volunteer assignment.