Mountain Training England

Mountain Training England
About Mountain Training England has delivered leadership qualifications in mountaineering and climbing for candidates and centres from England since 1964.

Behind our current name is a considerable history. In 1964 the Mountain Leader Training Board, or MLTB, was formed by the British Mountaineering Council and the Central Council for Physical Recreation. The intention was to establish standards of training and assessment in the competence to lead others in the mountains: the Mountain Leadership Certificate (the MLC), as it was known, was born.

Over the following years the Mountain Leader Training Board took on a leading role in the delivery of the Single Pitch Award (SPA) and helped to develop the Walking Group Leader Award (WGL). In January 2003 the organisation changed its name to Mountain Leader Training England (MLTE) to reflect its client base.

Since then the organisation has helped to launch the Climbing Wall Award and the Climbing Wall Leading Award (now Climbing Wall Instructor and Climbing Wall Development Instructor). The main purposes of Mountain Training England are to register and advise candidates for the awards it delivers; approve and manage suitably qualified and experienced Providers for its courses and to ensure the quality of delivery of training and assessment courses.

In 2012 the organisation became Mountain Training England (MTE) as it changed its name and logo in conjunction with all of the UK Mountain Training organisations, with whom it continues to work to ensure harmonisation of delivery across the UK and Ireland.

The qualifications administered by Mountain Training England are: Mountain Leader, Hill and Moorland Leader, Lowland Leader, the Expedition Skills Module , Rock Climbing Instructor, Climbing Wall Instructor and Climbing Wall Development Instructor.

Staff team

Guy Jarvis

MTE Executive Officer

Telephone: 01690 720121


    Mark Walker

    MTE Development Officer

    Telephone: 01690 720122


      Jon Garside

      Training Officer BMC and MTE

      Telephone: 0161 438 3329


        Impact Report - Summary

        Company information

        Company Name: Mountain Training England
        Company number: 03061504
        Place of registration: England & Wales
        Registered office address: 177-179 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester. M20 2BB
        Email address:
        VAT no: 603629945
        Registered charity number: 1047124
        Directors Mountain Training England is governed by a six-person Board of Directors. The Directors are supported by a Council of members comprised of a wide range of interested bodies.

        dave-f Dave Faulconbridge - Chair
        David became Chair of Mountain Training England in June 2015. Prior to this he was the representative for the Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel and joined MTE in 2007.

        David has worked in outdoor education since starting his career at Outward bound Wales in 1981. He is a qualified Teacher and Youth Worker and has been Head of Oldham’s local authority centre for 20 years. He advises Oldham schools on all aspects of educational visits and adventure activities. He is a member and past Chair of the Outdoor Education Advisers Panel. David is a Mountaineering Instructor with a wide range of outdoor qualifications.

        As Chair his responsibilities currently include representing MTE on the Boards of Mountain Training UK and the Mountain Training Trust, which runs Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Centre.
        Chris Forrest Chris Forrest - Director
        Throughout my career I have enjoyed working at various outdoor centres, including Glenmore Lodge and Plas Y Brenin for over 20 years and the past 8 years I have worked as Chief Instructor for Joint Services Mountain Training Centres (JSMTC).

        From a career of Instructing/ coaching at the highest levels across a wide range of outdoor activities worldwide and working and directing of most mountaineering governing body courses to developing new schemes within paddle sport and skiing.

        From this corporate knowledge I am able to support and share my experience within my role as Board member with Mountain Training.
        Tony Halliwell - Director
        Tony is a Mountaineering Instructor Certificate holder who can be found each year working on winter climbing and mountaineering courses on the west coast of Scotland and leading commercial trips to climb 6,000m peaks in Nepal. He is a provider of Mountain Training courses and also works as a technical advisor for a number of climbing walls/activity centres.

        His outdoor career started in the mid-eighties as a volunteer instructor with Bremex, which was at that time part of the London Borough of Brent’s Youth and Community service. The gradual switch to instructing for a living began in the mid-nineties when he passed his Mountaineering Instructor Award.

        Tony was an executive director of Mountain Training UK from 2014-2017, is a past chair of Association of Mountaineering Instructors and is currently one of the two permanent members of AMI’s professional standards committee.

        He loves big mountains and ice-climbing and can regularly be found clipping bolts on sports-climbing holidays with his wife Amanda who is an International Mountain Leader.
        Rik Payne - BMC Nominated Director
        Rik is the BMC’s nominated director on MTE’s Board, having been involved with the BMC both locally and nationally and was a member of the BMC’s Board up until April 2019. Rik has worked in the outdoor education sector since the 1980s. He is a qualified teacher and holds a number of Mountain Training qualifications. Rik has worked as a freelance instructor at multiple centres and also ran his own business working with clients as diverse as teenagers from gangs in central London to DofE participants from private schools. He eventually took a job with a charity managing an outdoor centre in Kent and subsequently became the Education and Training Manager for the charity overseeing the education standards and adult training courses for nine centres across England and Wales.

        Rik used to live in the “flattest part” of the UK but moved to Sheffield in 2018 where he now works with children with special educational needs. He splits his free time between climbing and walking in the Peak District.

        Mountain Training England meeting minutes

        MTE Annual Report 2016Strategic Plan 2017-2021
        Council of members
      • Association of Heads of Outdoor Centres
      • Association of British Climbing Walls Training Trust
      • Association of Mountaineering Instructors
      • Association for Physical Education
      • British Association of International Mountain Leaders
      • British Association of Mountain Guides
      • British Mountaineering Council
      • Duke of Edinburgh's Award
      • Institute for Outdoor Learning
      • Joint Services Mountain Training Centre
      • Mountain Rescue England and Wales
      • Outdoor Education Advisors Panel
      • Plas y Brenin
      • Scout Association
      • Girlguiding


        Mountain Training England meeting minutes

        MTE Annual Report 2016MTE Strategic Development Plan 2017-21MTE Impact Report Full

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