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What is the Mountain Training Association?


The Mountain Training Association is a voluntary membership organisation set up by Mountain Training in 2005 to support people working towards their qualifications and develop people who already have them.

Now well established with over 4,000 members it is the nationally recognised membership organisation for climbing, walking and mountain leaders in the UK and Ireland.

Whether you're planning to attend a training course, have got your assessment coming up, already work/volunteer in the outdoor industry, or just want to stay informed, in touch and up to date, the Mountain Training Association has something for you; supporting you through your qualification journey and for the rest of your outdoor career.

Mission


The Mountain Training Association’s overarching aim is to provide support and development opportunities to enable our members to excel.

We are committed to fostering progression and encouraging good practice so that others can enjoy professionally-led activities.

Our vision is to continue leading the way in this field and to widen recognition from within the outdoor industry.


Key aims

    • Promote good practice and professionalism.
    • Lead the way in providing quality personal development opportunities.
    • Develop a growing supply of valuable resources.
    • Provide a hub for communication and networking.
    • Build mutually beneficial links with other outdoor organisations.
    • Provide a structure for members to contribute to Mountain Training.

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What’s in it for you?

As soon as you join, you will be able to take advantage of a whole host of association benefits. Update, refresh and broaden your skills by attending UK-wide accredited CPD workshops and training events, find walking and climbing partners and gain access to a wide range of special gear deals, trade discounts, exclusively discounted insurance and special association publications. MTA gear deals are ALWAYS A MINIMUM OF 15% OFF with some offerings at a FANTASTIC 25-30% off! So whether it’s t-shirts, tents or trainers you need, paying full price is a thing of the past. The association also provides a link between you the candidate and Mountain Training beyond obtaining an award and for the rest of your career so you can stay up to date with the latest developments regarding qualifications and the industry as a whole.

View our full range of benefits here.

Find out what MTA means to some of our members here.
 
“An amazing network of like-minded people”- Branwen Mcbride, 2016
 
 
“The workshops I’ve done have been brilliant, and have definitely made me a better leader” – Alex Kendall, 2016
 

How much does it cost?

Membership is only £34 per year (that's only £2.83 a month!) and to save you the hassle of logging into your Mountain Training account and paying your membership manually each year you now have the option to renew your membership by direct debit. To join the Mountain Training Association, simply log in to your Mountain Training account and purchase from the Membership tab. Alternatively, click here to go straight there.

MTA FAQs




Who can join?

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If you can answer YES to any of the following questions then you are eligible to join the Mountain Training Association and begin enjoying the many benefits that come with membership.

Have you:

  • just registered for a Mountain Training award?

  • completed a training course for one of the Mountain Training award schemes?

  • passed an assessment and hold a Mountain Training qualification?

  • used your Mountain Training qualification for work or in a volunteer capacity?

  • completed an award and you're now keen to undertake a new one?



The Mountain Training Association provides continued support and development opportunities for Mountain Training candidates who have registered for an award scheme and provides a link between you the candidate and Mountain Training for the rest of your outdoor career. Members are either working towards a Mountain Training award or already hold qualifications and are actively working in the outdoors, so when you join you can be at any stage in your qualification journey; just registered, completed a training course or using your award/s for outdoor work.

Members come from a wide variety of backgrounds; some work full time in the outdoors as freelance professionals or run their own business, others work in full time education, outdoor centres or climbing walls as managers or staff. Many are involved in DofE and volunteer with schools, Girl Guides and Scouts and some seek the qualifications for personal competence.

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If you have registered for any of the following awards you are eligible to become a member of the association:

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Many higher award holders also choose to join the Mountain Training Association in addition to being members of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI), British Association of International Mountain Leaders (BAIML) and/or British Mountain Guides (BMG).

We hope candidates who register for the Hill & Mountain skills scheme will in the future choose to undergo an award scheme, at which point they will become eligible to join the Mountain Training Association.

If you are a paid up member of the association your membership status will show in the membership tab in your online Mountain Training account and you will also have access to the members area via the Membership Tools tab in your account. Alternatively, you can access the MEMBERS AREA here.




Our members

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Members of the Mountain Training Association come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some work full time in the outdoors as freelance professionals or run their own business, others work in full time education, outdoor centres or climbing walls as managers or staff. Many are involved in DofE and volunteer with schools, Girl Guides and Scouts and some seek the awards for personal competence. Members are either working towards a Mountain Training award (trainee members) or already hold qualifications and are actively working in the outdoors (full members).

Full members of the Mountain Training Association hold one or more of Mountain Trainings' nationally recognised awards having completed training, consolidation and assessment. They are passionate about the activities they provide and are committed to continued personal development (CPD) demonstrating the benefits of ongoing experience and enhanced skills, so not only are they qualified, they also have the support to stay up to date with good practice.

Member stories

Click on the boxes below to read the interviews in full:

Alex Kendall Ali Evans profile Cath Sinclair profile Alex Frood profile Branwen Mcbride profile Kirstie Tempest profile

Find out what MTA means to some of our members by clicking here.

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Looking for a leader or instructor?

Find a Leader
Are you looking for a qualified outdoor instructor or leader anywhere in the UK? Then look no further and search our Find a Leader database to find the right person for you.

Members listed in our Find a Leader search facility hold nationally-recognised awards and have been subject to a rigorous training and assessment process. Members also undertake continued personal development to ensure their skills and experience are up to date.

Our members can maximise your experience in the UK hills and mountains and are able to provide indoor and outdoor climbing experiences at the right level for you. So whether you need a leader or instructor to enhance your personal skills or lead a group in lowland, hill or mountain terrain during summer or winter, or you are looking for an instructor or coach to improve your climbing skills and ability or run an indoor or outdoor climbing session, then you’ve come to the right place. Have a browse and find qualified instructors by award, region, person or activity.