Walking Group Leader

This award is no longer being offered by Mountain Training Providers.

The remodelled and renamed replacement is the Hill and Moorland Leader.

The major change from the WGL will be that the ‘overnight experience’ section of the syllabus has been removed and a separate Expedition Skills Module has been designed to act as an optional ‘extra’ for those gaining the Leader award. This module will include all forms of camping in terrain appropriate to the ‘leadership’ award held as well as remote supervision of groups, teaching of expedition and navigation skills etc.

These changes will have an impact on those who hold the WGL award, those who have been trained for the WGL and those that have registered for the WGL but have not yet attended a course.

For existing WGL award holders:

After a lot of thought Mountain Training has decided that the best action we can take for the benefit of existing holders of the WGL is that we continue to clearly recognise the validity of your award. On the Candidate Management System you will still be shown as having gained the WGL. We will also undertake administrative work to show that you have also ‘gained’ the new Hill and Moorland Leader award.

This will mean that:
  • You will still be able to operate exactly as before as a holder of the WGL
  • You will have confirmation that Mountain Training recognises that you have demonstrated the competencies required to gain the new Hill and Moorland Leader award and
  • Should you so wish you will be able to undertake the new Expedition Skills Module (two day course) which will explicitly extend the recognised scope of your award to include wild camping in appropriate terrain. The candidate handbook for the Expedition Skills Module can be found here on the Mountain Training website

For candidates who have completed WGL training:

The major change from the WGL will be that the ‘overnight experience’ section of the syllabus has been removed and a separate Expedition Skills Module has been designed to act as an optional ‘extra’ for those gaining the Leader award. As someone who has completed WGL training you have obviously undertaken some training to prepare you for this module.

Mountain Training will automatically convert your current registration for WGL to a registration for the Hill and Moorland Leader award. Your training course will also automatically be recognised as completion of training for Hill and Moorland Leader. Any assessment course that you undertake after 31/3/14 will be run using the new syllabus and guidance notes and will mean that a successful assessment will result in you becoming a Hill and Moorland Leader.

The new award will enable candidates and staff to concentrate on the core skills of leading groups on walks in the uplands of the UK and Ireland. You will also automatically be registered by us for the newly designed Expedition Skills Module which you can elect to take after completion of your Hill and Moorland Leader assessment. This will mean that if you wish you will be able to undertake the new Expedition Skills Module (two day course) which will explicitly extend the recognised scope of your new award to include wild camping in appropriate terrain. The candidate handbook for the Expedition Skills Module can be found here on the mountain-training.org website.

For candidates who have registered for WGL but not yet attended training:

Mountain Training will automatically convert your current registration for WGL to a registration for the Hill and Moorland Leader award. Any training course or assessment course that you undertake after 31/3/14 will be run using the new syllabus and guidance notes.

The new award will still require completion of a training course and also an assessment course but will enable candidates and staff to concentrate on the core skills of leading groups on walks in the uplands of the UK and Ireland. You will also automatically be registered by us for the newly designed Expedition Skills Module which you can elect to take after completion of your Hill and Moorland Leader Award. The candidate handbook for the Expedition Skills module can be found here.

We hope that this information is clear. Should you have any queries about how these changes affect you please read the FAQs page. If you still have questions contact us by emailing info@mountain-training.org using the subject ‘WGL changes’.