'The Hill Skills course is your key to getting started in countryside walking. There is no experience of hill walking required to attend a Hill Skills course because the content of the course is aimed at beginners.'

Scheme handbook

Hill and Mountain Skills Handbook

Course Providers

All courses must be delivered by an approved course provider. For course provider responsibilities please see the Skills Scheme Quality Manual area.

Participant Registration

  • At least 10 years old.
  • An interest in increasing personal hill walking experience

Minimum Course Duration

  • 16 hours.
  • Delivered in a 2 or 3 day programme.

Course Size

  • 1 participant minimum (temporary change)
  • 16 participants maximum (with 2 approved tutors)

Staffing Ratio

  • 1 staff: 8 participants

Course Tutor Experience

The courses are delivered by approved course tutors only, who are all experienced Mountain Training award holders and work on behalf of the course provider. Please see Course Tutor Requirements in the Skills Scheme Quality Manual for further guidance.

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