Rock Climbing Development Instructor

This scheme is not currently live and will be launched in spring 2019. The information on this page is intended to give potential candidates an understanding of how the scheme will work and may be subject to minor changes prior to launch.

The Rock Climbing Development Instructor qualification is for experienced instructors wishing to develop a participant’s rock climbing proficiency. This development may extend to lead climbing.

Is it for me?

The prerequisites for registration are as follows:
  • You must be a qualified Rock Climbing Instructor.
  • You must have delivered a minimum of 20 days as a Rock Climbing Instructor at a variety of venues and with a variety of groups, recorded in DLOG.
  • You must have led a minimum of 60 named single pitch routes using leader placed protection in three different climbing areas at VS 4c or above and logged them in DLOG. You may include full multi-pitch routes using leader placed protection (up to 50% of the requirement).
  • You must have led a minimum of 60 sport climbs in three different climbing areas at 6a or above and logged them in DLOG. Up to 50% of this experience can be outside the UK and Ireland.
Once your experience is recorded in DLOG you are required to;
  • Register for the Rock Climbing Development Instructor scheme through CMS - this is not currently available. It will be £57 when the scheme is launched.
  • Notify Mountain Training (via the ‘Send To Mountain Training’ button on the ‘Share’ tab in DLOG) that your DLOG is ready to be reviewed.
A technical officer will then review your experience in DLOG and if it meets the minimum requirements, you will be notified by email that your registration on the scheme has been approved.

Applications with less than the minimum experience cannot be approved.

If your application is not successful, you will receive feedback on how best to fulfil the experience requirements and your registration application will be held open until your successful registration.

Training

Before you book onto a Rock Climbing Development Instructor training course, make sure you have done the following:
  • You must be registered on the scheme.
Rock Climbing Development Instructor training lasts for 4 days and will be run by one of our approved providers in the UK or Ireland. A variety of cost packages are available depending on what's included; food, accommodation etc. so you can choose one that's right for you.

Rock Climbing Development Instructor

The Syllabus

Rock Climbing Development Instructors 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, personal skills, background knowledge)
  • Management and Decision Making (including planning, organising, managing other staff, managing participants, knowledge and demonstration of techniques, personal safety)
  • Teaching Skills
  • The Climbing Environment (including access, conservation, etiquitte and ethics)
Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Rock Climbing Development Instructor handbook which is currently being developed and the onus is on you to be competent in all of them by the time you come to assessment.

Consolidation

The period between training and assessment varies in length for each person and is an opportunity to develop your skills, paying particular attention to any weaknesses identified during the training course.

Assessment

Post training and before presenting yourself for assessment:
  • You must have logged a minimum of 10 rock climbing teaching days with students at a variety of outdoor venues.
  • You must have led a minimum of 30 single pitch routes using leader placed protection in three different climbing areas at VS 4c or above and recorded them in DLOG. You may include full multi-pitch routes using leader placed protection (up to 50% of the requirement).
  • You must have led a minimum of 30 sport climbs in three different climbing areas at 6a or above and recorded them in DLOG. Up to 50% of this experience can be outside the UK and Ireland.
  • You must have physically attended and completed (i.e. not online) a first aid course which involved at least two full days or sixteen hours of instruction and included an element of assessment.
The Rock Climbing Instructor assessment is 3 days long.

Assessments are run by one of our approved providers and a variety of cost packages are available, depending on what's included; food, accommodation etc. so you can choose one that's right for you.

Support and Development

Join the Mountain Training Association and be part of a community of like-minded people on our schemes. The Association offers a range of workshops for trainee and qualified leaders and coaches across the disciplines, as well as a quarterly magazine, gear deals/discounts, a monthly newsletter and an insurance deal. You can join the Association at any point after you have registered on one of Mountain Training's leadership/coaching schemes.
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The Scope of the Scheme

A qualified Rock Climbing Development Instructor can:
  • Develop individuals to lead rock climbs in a single pitch environment using leader placed (traditional climbing) and equipped (sport climbing) protection.

Terrain

A qualified Rock Climbing Development Instructor can operate on:
  • Single pitch* trad and sport crags.
  • Indoor and outdoor bouldering venues.
  • Climbing walls and towers.
*See Appendix 1 for a definition of a single pitch crag.

Exclusions

The scheme does not cover:
  • General mountaineering.
  • Multi-pitch rock climbing.
  • Access to tidal sea cliffs or any other location where retreat is not easily possible.