Providers, Directors and Course Staff Area

This area of the website is for directors, tutors and course staff linked with any scheme provider, administered by Mountain Training Cymru.

Mountain Training Cymru’s (MTC) role is to provide skills training and qualification schemes for individuals, leaders, instructors and coaches of groups participating in mountaineering and related activities, to offer advice and promote good practice among the mountaineering community within Wales.

Mountain Training Cymru shares some policies and procedures with Mountain Training England. This area should provide course directors, staff and tutors with access to policies and guidance to assist with scheme delivery.

Mountain Training Cymru along with Mountain Training England (MTE), Mountain Training Scotland (MTS) and Mountain Training Board Ireland (MTBI) is a full member of Mountain Training UK & Ireland. Mountain Training Cymru, together with the other national training organisations, is the awarding body for the following schemes:


Walking qualifications

  • Lowland Leader
  • Hill and Moorland Leader
  • Camping Leader
  • Mountain Leader


Climbing qualifications

  • Climbing Wall Instructor (including Abseil Module)
  • Climbing Wall Development Instructor
  • Rock Climbing Instructor
  • Rock Climbing Development Instructor
  • Indoor Climbing Assistant


Skills Schemes

  • Hill & Mountain Skills
  • Rock Skills


Executive Officer for Mountain Training Cymru

Simon Patton is the Executive Officer for Mountain Training Cymru and works part-time for the board. Any course issues or concerns should be addressed to the Executive Officer.

Simon Patton

Executive Officer Mountain Training Cymru

Telephone: 01690 720272

Mountain Training Cymru

Mountain Training Cymru is a registered company and has six voluntary company directors which make up the board. Additionally, Mountain Training Cymru has a members’ council which meets three times a year to help shape the strategic direction of the organisation and acts as a forum among the hill walking, climbing and mountaineering community in Wales with particular interest in leadership activities. For more information: Mountain Training Cymru

Board of Directors

Chair: Andy Newton
Treasurer: Emily Scott
Director: Andy Bevan
Director: Bryn Williams
Director: Allan Gibbs
Director: Rich Jones


Council Members:

Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres
Association of Mountaineering Instructors
British Association of International Mountain Leaders
British Mountaineering Council Cymru
British Mountain Guides
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Cymru
Girlguiding Cymru
North Wales Mountain Rescue Association
Outdoor Education Advisors Panel for Wales
Plas y Brenin (Mountain Training Trust)
Ramblers Cymru
Scouts Cymru


Council Observers:

British Mountaineering Council
Institute for Outdoor Learning
Joint Services Mountain Training Centres
Mountain Training United Kingdom and Ireland
Natural Resources Wales
Wales Activity Tourism Organisation/Adventure Smart
Y Bartneriaeth Awyr Agored / The Outdoor Partnership