Hill walking and climbing are great activities to do with girls and young women thanks to the decision making skills, confidence and independence they develop. Mountain Training’s qualifications are one way of fulfilling Girlguiding’s instructor requirement so that you can deliver these activities with your group.

Mountain Training qualifications are nationally recognised and a great option for leaders who may want to use their skills and experience to lead or train young people in their role as a Girlguiding volunteer as well as in other spheres. At some levels Mountain Training qualifications are the instructor requirement as the Girlguiding schemes don’t cover the more challenging mountain terrain but instead lead into Mountain Training qualifications.


How to get started:

  1. Select a Mountain Training qualification (use the infographic below to help you choose the right one for you). If you need more help ask your county or region walking adviser.
  2. Read the appropriate walking qualification page.
  3. Create an account on our candidate management system (CMS) or login if you already have one.
  4. Register for the qualification (this costs £65 for most schemes) and join a mountaineering council if required (this costs £16.25-£33.95 depending on the council and type of membership).
  5. Log your experience in DLOG (our digital logbook).
  6. Search for a training course using our course finder.


Girlguiding walking infographic

Girlguiding's Walking Scheme is open to all. If you hold a Level 2 or Level 3 Girlguiding walking qualification it is possible to go directly to a Lowland Leader or Hill and Moorland Leader assessment if you have an appropriate amount of experience, register for the qualification and apply for exemption from training. Click on the warning triangles below for more information.