SPA skills refresher

Use workshops to help you develop


Whether you’re working through a qualification, keen to learn something new or looking for some CPD, Mountain Training Association workshops are a great opportunity to get together with likeminded walkers and climbers. They are your chance to get additional input into your development so if there’s something you’re struggling with or something you want to try, find a workshop near you.

Most workshops are run by experienced trainers and some are peer-led and they’re all open to all members, regardless of where you live. (Occasionally some specialist workshops have prerequisites and if so they will be stated in the description.)
 
“Two CPD days I've been on recently were a look at management of Wild Ennerdale with Friends of the Lake District, and a bird ID course in the Brecon Beacons. They were both excellent and totally backed up my belief that a good leader in the outdoors has a responsibility to try and learn as much as possible about the landscape and nature, and to pass that knowledge on.

The workshops I've done have been brilliant, and have definitely made me a better leader.”- Alex Kendall
 
Here’s a summary of workshops for the rest of the year, roughly divided by topic: indoor climbing, outdoor climbing or walking. This might not be the most up to date list as new workshops are added all the time but it gives you a good idea of what’s available. The most up to date list can be found on our candidate management system - click on the purple Mountain Training Association badge to view all workshops that MTA members can attend.

Indoor climbing

Date Workshop Location
Tues 11th October RSA Level 2 – Route setter training course Harrogate Climbing Centre
Sat 15th October Climbing tactics: physical and mental Kendal Wall
Sat 15th October Climbing Wall Leading Award refresher Big Rock, Reading
Sat 15th October Working at height awareness and rope access techniques for climbing walls Marjon Climbing Wall, Plymouth
Sun 16th October Route setting for kids Marjon Climbing Wall, Plymouth
Sun 16th October Coaching climbing movement Kendal Wall
Tues 18th October RSA Level 1 – Boulder setter Awesome Walls Sheffield
Tues 1st November Leadership workshop Castle Climbing Centre, London
Sat 26th November FREE South East CPD Day – slimbing skills refresher (CWA & SPA) Kent Scouts Activity Centre
Sat 3rd December Climbing tactics: physical and mental Kendal Wall
Sun 4th December Coaching climbing movement Kendal Wall
Tues 6th December Climbing wall masterclass Kendal Wall
Thur 15th December Problem avoidance and solving skills Boulders, Cardiff

Outdoor climbing

Date Workshop Location
Sat 22nd October Ropes and rock – staying safe at the crag North Wales
Sun 23rd October Single to multi-pitch climbing – the next steps in personal climbing North Wales
Sun 23rd October FREE North East CPD Day – SPA refresher, navigation and livestock awareness Scugdale
Tues 1st November Leadership workshop Castle Climbing Centre, London
Fri 4th November Boost your confidence in climbing North Wales
Sat 5th November Dartmoor Hill Farming Dartmoor
Wed 16th November The Mountain Leader, the Mountaineering Instructor and the Environment Plas y Brenin

Walking

Date Workshop Location
Fri 7th October Contour Masterclass Langdale Valley
Sat 15th October Glaciation of North Wales North Wales
Sun 16th October The Mountain Environment North Wales
Sat 22nd October Lowland Leader Navigation Refresher The Chilterns
Tue 1st November Leadership workshop Castle Climbing Centre, London
Sat 5th November Dartmoor Hill Farming Dartmoor
Sat 12th November 1:50k and beyond: navigation at different scales Edale
Wed 16th November The Mountain Leader, the Mountaineering Instructor and the Environment Plas y Brenin
Wed 16th November FREE Footpath awareness day Ben Nevis
Sat 26th November Navigation and Poor Visibility Navigation North Wales
Sat 26th November FREE South East CPD Day – Ideas for teaching navigation Kent Scouts Activity Centre
Sat 26th November FREE South East CPD Day – Climbing skills refresher (CWA & SPA) Kent Scouts Activity Centre
Sat 26th November FREE South East CPD Day – Access and Environment for Leaders Kent Scouts Activity Centre
Sun 27th November ML Hazards of steep ground refresher North Wales
Sun 4th December Contour Masterclass North Wales
Wed 7th December Winter scrambling masterclass Langdale Valley
Mon 12th December Expedition Leadership North Wales
Wed 14th December Expedition Leadership Ambleside
Thur 15th December Expedition Leadership Edale
Sat 17th December Expedition Leadership Watford

 
“This was the absolute clear benefit of the day for me- I’ve spent time looking at bird identification books and found it a pretty dull and questionable activity. This workshop on the other hand had so much to offer in terms of expert guidance, natural environment, a walk in the hills and good company- not bad when you consider it was free! It’s a great way to gain some first class knowledge and inspiration in a short space of time. I take my hat off to the people who go to the effort of organising such events and giving others access to their wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm. I would recommend these workshops to anybody embarking on a walking award or just wanting to improve their knowledge in a specific area- just keep an eye on the Workshops page on the website”.- Richard Westlake (Mountain & Moorland Birds)