MIA FAQs

1/ There are places on an upcoming Mountaineering Instructor Award training course, can I book on?

If you have not received an email from Mountain Training confirming that you have been accepted on the scheme, you should not book onto a training course. For more information on how to apply to register for this award please visit this page Mountaineering Instructor Award.

2/ I've been climbing for years, does all of my experience count?

Yes, although at least 10 of your multi-pitch routes at VS 4C or above should have been within the last 12 months.

3/ Why do I need to have climbed sport routes?

This came as part of a review of the Mountaineering Instructor scheme in 2009. It was felt that candidates should have a broad knowledge of all aspects of UK rock climbing, of which sport climbing is a major part.

4/ What counts as a 'group' for the group Quality Mountain Days?

Broadly speaking, any Quality Mountain Day when you were in charge of the group and making the decisions counts. Ideally this will have been in a work capacity as opposed to just being out with friends.
Days when you were out shadowing another instructor do not count because you were not ultimately in control.

5/ Is the application fee refundable?

No. Although if you reapply within six months, your application will be reconsidered at no extra cost.

6/ Can I apply for exemption from Mountaineering Instructor Award training?

No. There is no exemption from training.

7/ How many referees do I need for my registration application? Who can I use as a referee?

You will need to include a reference from at least 1 referee. The ideal referee will be someone who is prepared to endorse the registration application, preferably a Mountaineering Instructor, Guide or training board approved provider. A long term climbing partner or suitable employer would also be considered as an appropriate referee. To request a referee go to your DLOG, click on the Referees tab and then the Request Referee button. Enter the individuals email address or candidate number and they will be sent an email asking them to provide you with a reference. Please note they must hold an award with us.