About Mountain Training

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Mountain Training’s aim is to educate and train people in walking, climbing and mountaineering. To make this a reality, we have developed a range of nationally-recognised mountain leadership, instruction and coaching awards, as well as skills courses.

Our awards and skills courses are run by approved Providers who are scattered all around the UK and Ireland. When you book onto a course, they’re the ones who will train and assess you, teach you how to climb, navigate, lead etc. Our awards would be worthless if we didn’t have them, so we like them a lot.

On a day to day basis, Mountain Training is run by a small staff team based in North Wales, Aviemore, Manchester and Northern Ireland. There are also quite a few volunteers who represent the interests of outdoor and educational organisations and help to steer Mountain Training at a strategic level. Without these volunteers, we’d find it a lot harder to do what we do.

When we’re not busy creating awards and ensuring the quality of our courses, Mountain Training also provide:
  • advice on safety in the outdoor industry
  • a range of publications to support the awards, available from our shop
  • opportunities for Continued Personal Development through the Mountain Training Association
If that's not enough, find out more about Mountain Training.

National Guidelines

The National Guidelines are useful for anyone with a responsibility for climbing, walking and mountaineering related activities. The document offers advice and guidance on the full spectrum of considerations including operational guidelines, the ‘four ways to competence’ and the responsibilities of the provider, leader and participant.

If you want to know more about competence, risk assessments and the principles of safety management, the National Guidelines is the place to look.

National Guidelines