Outdoor Courses

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Climbing Award

The Climbing Wall Award trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to supervise climbers on purpose built artificial climbing walls and boulders. It is ideal for people who work at climbing walls or at venues with permanent or mobile climbing towers.

The Climbing Wall Award does not include the skills and techniques required to teach lead climbing.

The prerequisites for registration are as follows:

  • You must be at least 17 years old (18 at assessment)
  • You should have at least 6 months of experience of using a variety of climbing walls
  • You should have an interest in climbing and in supervising groups on climbing walls
  • You must be a member of a mountaineering council: BMC, Mountaineering Scotland or Mountaineering Ireland (you can join one when you register if you’re not already a member)

Training

Before you book onto a Climbing Wall Award training course, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must be registered on the scheme
  • You must have recorded visits to 3 different climbing walls on at least 15 different occasions; this must include at least one major public wall
  • You must have led routes on walls
  • You must have an understanding of the wider sport of climbing and ideally have climbed outdoors.

The Syllabus

Climbing Wall Award holders should be competent in the following key areas, all of which will be covered, to a greater or lesser extent, during your training course.

  • Technical Competence
  • The Climbing Wall Environment
  • Supervision

Assessment

Before you book onto a Climbing Wall Award assessment, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You must have attended a Climbing Wall Award training course (or have been granted exemption)
  • You must be familiar with the syllabus
  • You must have logged a minimum of 30 visits to at least three different climbing walls
  • You must have led a minimum of 40 climbs in indoor walls
  • You must be confident at climbing routes at Fr 4
  • You must have assisted in the supervision of at least 15 instructed sessions on at least two different walls including a large public facility in a variety of contexts
  • You must hold a current first aid certificate, minimum 8 hours and relevant to your work as a Climbing Wall Award holder

The Climbing Wall Award assessment is a minimum of 6 hours.

Single Pitch

This award is all about supervising safe climbing and abseiling sessions on single pitch crags. Whether you’re a parent, a volunteer or an outdoor centre instructor, the Single Pitch Award has been designed to maintain high standards of supervision so that people can enjoy safe sessions in this increasingly popular sport.

The prerequisites for registration are as follows:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You should have at least 12 months of rock climbing experience
  • You should have an interest in supervising novice climbing groups
  • You must be a member of a mountaineering council: BMC, Mountaineering Scotland or Mountaineering Ireland (you can join one when you register if you’re not already a member)

Training

Before you book onto a Single Pitch Award training course, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must be registered on the scheme
  • You must have led 15 routes on single pitch crags using leader-placed protection

The Syllabus

Single Pitch Award holders should be competent in the following key areas, all of which will be covered, to a greater or lesser extent, during your training course.

  • Technical Competence (including equipment, anchors, belaying, abseiling, personal climbing skills, background knowledge
  • The Climbing Environment (including access, conservation, etiquitte)
  • Supervision (including organisation, group management, supervising the session, personal safety and children and vulnerable persons)

Assessment

Before you book onto a Single Pitch Award assessment, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must have attended a Single Pitch Award training course or been granted exemption
  • You must have logged a minimum of 40 lead climbs, outdoors on leader-placed protection (a substantial number of these must be at least Severe grade at on a variety of rock types)
  • You must be proficient in the use of climbing walls
  • You must have assisted in the supervision of approximately 20 instructed sessions at a variety of locations, some outside and some inside (a session is a half day or evening)
  • You must hold a current first aid certificate, minimum 16 hours and relevant to your work as a Single Pitch Award holder

The Single Pitch Award assessment is 2 days long (approx. 20 hours).

Mountain Leader

The Mountain Leader scheme is designed for people who want to lead groups in the mountains, hills and moorlands of the UK and Ireland. If you love being out in the mountains and want to share your enthusiasm with others, become a Mountain Leader and you’ll never look back (unless you’re checking your group’s still there!).

The prerequisites for registration are as follows:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You should have at least a year’s worth of experience of mountain walking
  • You should have an interest in leading groups in the mountains
  • You must be a member of a mountaineering council: BMC, Mountaineering Scotland or Mountaineering Ireland (you can join one when you register if you’re not already a member)

Training

Before you book onto a Mountain Leader training course, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must be registered on the scheme
  • You must have recorded a minimum of 20 Quality Mountain Days (ideally on DLOG) which can have taken place at any point (pre- or post-registration)

The Syllabus

Mountain Leaders should be competent in the following key areas, all of which will be covered, to a greater or lesser extent, during your six day training course.

  • Group management
  • Navigation
  • Access and the environment
  • Hazards (including steep ground and rivers) and emergency procedures
  • Equipment
  • Expedition skills
  • Weather
  • Background knowledge

Assessment

Before you book onto a Mountain Leader assessment, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must have attended a Mountain Leader training course (or have been granted exemption)
  • You must be familiar with the syllabus
  • You must have logged a minimum of 40 Quality Mountain Days in three different regions of the UK and Ireland
  • You must hold a current first aid certificate, minimum 16 hours and relevant to your work as a Mountain Leader
  • You must have logged at least 8 nights camping, including at least 4 nights wild camping

The Mountain Leader assessment is 5 days long and includes a two night expedition.