Mountain Training England Skills and Training Fund

Explaining the fund

Notice - 18th April 2024: After 3 successful years of funding many people to access our award schemes, the Mountain Training England Board have decided to pause the process whilst we review our systems and processes to make sure we can continue to support as many candidates as we can provide funding to.  No applications will be considered before the end of the review and new information will be posted here when the review is completed.


This fund supports people from ethnically diverse backgrounds who face barriers to participation and are therefore significantly under-represented and less engaged with all Mountain Training qualifications, and skills courses. Empowering more independent walkers and climbers from these groups into leadership roles is in line with our vision:

To promote a diverse and active outdoor society, supported by inspirational leaders, instructors and coaches. Inspiring more diverse participants to lead, coach and role model

The aim of the fund is to help people who are in need of support to gain skills and qualification training and assessment by part-funding the cost of courses.

A black hiker looking thoughtful as she walks through lowland terrain with a group

Eligibility criteria

The fund is open to individual people from ethnically diverse backgrounds. The funding is set aside to support people who are not in a position to afford the full cost of a course.

Applicants can apply for up to 50% of the median course cost

What’s not included :

  • The registration fee – this a one-off fee for each qualification. It is the only fee candidates pay to Mountain Training. The registration fee pays for the maintenance and development of the Candidate Management System and the Digital Logbook. There is no registration fee for the skills schemes.
  • First aid courses – having a first aid qualification is a requirement of assessment courses. The cost of attending a first aid course is not included in our offer.
  • Travel, accommodation and food costs during the course.
  • Climbing wall entry fees, if applicable.
A man of central Asian heritage wearing a helmet and waterproofs prepares to start scrambling

Screening and approval process

Applications can be made at any time.

We aim to respond with a decision within 4 weeks of the date of application.

Once granted, the course applied for must be attended within the timeframe given in the application. Course evaluations must be submitted within two weeks of the course date.

How to apply

Complete of application form.

Grants will be paid on completion of the course applied for (irrespective of outcome) and receipt of a completed course evaluation and claim form.

Median course costs

Mountain Training course providers set their own course costs.

Course costs vary depending on whether courses are residential or non-residential and other factors such as kit hire and transport. With the aim of making access to funding as equitable as possible we award up to 50% of the median course cost. Median course costs are calculated annually.

Course type Median course cost
Hill Skills £130
Mountain Skills £145
Rock Skills Introduction £80
Rock Skills Intermediate £170
Rock Skills Learn to Lead Sport Climbs £215
Rock Skills Learn to Lead Trad Climbs £222.50
Indoor Climbing Assistant £79
Climbing Wall Instructor training £160
Climbing Wall Instructor assessment £110
Abseil Module training £55
Abseil Module assessment £55
Climbing Wall Development Instructor training £117
Climbing Wall Development Instructor assessment £117
Rock Climbing Instructor training £239
Rock Climbing Instructor assessment £189.50
Rock Climbing Development Instructor training £400
Rock Climbing Development Instructor assessment £397.50
Foundation Coach training £100
Foundation Coach assessment £100
Development Coach training £189.50
Development Coach assessment £200
Camping Leader £95
Lowland Leader training £155
Lowland Leader assessment £157.50
Hill and Moorland Leader training £240
Hill and Moorland Leader assessment £250
Mountain Leader training £410
Mountain Leader assessment £412.50