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Project Proficiency

Project Proficiency Information Sheet

(Project Proficiencies are not required; they are purely voluntary)

Club listing for Proficiencies any year
Club listing for Proficiencies Final any year
Project Proficiency Information Final

Objectives~maintain a balance between learning and competition

Policy~1st year members may apply for1 proficiency level, 2nd year and up may apply for two proficiencies

Proficiencies are optional for leaders and members

Judging Standards~members are judged on skill and knowledge by their project leader

One compiled list per club will be accepted by the UCCE office

Requirements~turn in application to club by the club’s due date

Deadlines~Club lists are due to the UCCE office April 30 to apply and August 15 to complete

No changes can be made after deadline dates

In an attempt to recognize more 4-H members for their project efforts, Mendocino County 4-H offers a Project Proficiency Program. This program is designed to commend members for the knowledge and skills they learn during the course of their projects. There are three or four levels of competency for most projects. The terms used are usually Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced or by number
Level One, Level Two, etc.

Each member must complete at least 80% of the required guidelines and obtain the Project Proficiency record with their project leader’s signature.



A 4-H member can only obtain two proficiencies per 4-H  calendar year; however,  the member does not need to be currently enrolled in the project to sign up for that proficiency.The member must have completed the project during their 4-H career. If the member is not currently enrolled in the project, they must have  a current leader (within the county)of the project administer the proficiency test. All
4-H members must report intent to complete the proficiency by the dates met by their club as well as report the completion of the proficiency by the date set by the their club. All reporting is done on a club basis. (Mendocino County Council, October 1, 2011) All clubs must have their lists turned in by the deadline set by Mendocino County 4-H Council.


Proficiency levels are judged 100% on the knowledge or skill demonstrated by the member. A  member should show progress in development during the course of the project. Progress should be in relationship to 1) member’s ability and 2)  size or scope of project knowledge.

All applicants start with beginning level proficiency and will progress at their own pace. Members, second year and above, are limited to two medals a year. They may decide to receive two medals in one project or to work on separate projects. Members will not be allowed to add projects in the Proficiency Program after the enrollment has closed, nor will they be allowed to “challenge up.”They will only be considered for the level they have signed up for.


A member wishing to achieve a project proficiency level has the responsibility to make it known to the project leader. Clubs may have different mechanisms regarding the collection of names of proficiency applicants. Please contact your Community Leader or designated leader to find out how your  club handles turning in the record of names to the County Office. The Community Leader or designated leader then turns the Club Records in to the 4-H office by the April 30 deadline. Members work on guidelines at their own speed. You will be tested or evaluated on your selected project by your individual project leader. Each club’s designated leader will turn in the list of those who completed proficiencies to the 4-H office by August 15 deadline members receive medal(s) they have earned during the club’s awards program.



To maintain a balance between learning about projects and competing for awards. This program provided the Mendocino County 4-H Council with a  method of recognizing 4-H members for their accomplishments. Project Proficiencies also allow members to be recognized for their individual accomplishments. Completed proficiencies also help strengthen record books

 REQUIREMENTS: (may vary from Club to Club)

1.   Sign up for the Project Proficiency you want to strive for. Submit your form to the club by their due date. Clubs will then submit a complete list to the UCCE Office by April 30.

2. Complete the requirements listed for the level.

3.   Submit your completed Project Proficiency Level with leader’s initials and date to your club’s Community Leader or designated leader by the club due date. List of completed proficiencies are to be submitted to UCCE office by August 15.


1.   Turn in your application to your club’s designated leader by the clubs’ due date; prior to April 30 (if your club uses this procedure)

2.   Completed Proficiency Forms must be turned in to your designated leader by the clubs’ due date (prior to August 15 of the year applied).

Rev 5/2/17