The term ‘mountaineering’ covers a whole host of activities including multi-pitch climbing, winter climbing, scrambling, skiing and Alpine climbing. It can broadly be described as the ascent of hills and mountains where the use of technical equipment is essential for either hands or feet. As far as Mountain Training is concerned, the Mountaineering Instructor Scheme has two levels; the Award and the Certificate.

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Mountaineering Instructor Award >

This Award is for use by instructors wishing to teach all aspects of summer mountaineering in the UK and Ireland. Included in the Award are elements of teaching climbing (including lead climbing) and scrambling in the mountains, rescue procedures and higher standard personal skills such as navigation and climbing. The Award follows on from the Mountain Leader Award (which is a prerequisite) and is a natural progression for those who have completed the Single Pitch Award.

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Mountaineering Instructor Certificate >

This is the highest level of award offered by Mountain Training. It builds on the skills developed through the Mountaineering Instructor Award and Winter Mountain Leader to include the instruction of snow and ice climbing, and winter scrambling. Individuals are involved in teaching winter mountaineering in often challenging conditions and can be considered something of a technical expert in all aspects of mountaineering in the UK and Ireland.

As higher level awards, both the Mountaineering Instructor Award and Mountaineering Instructor Certificate include elements of training and assessment that are necessary for those directing and working on schemes such as the Mountain Leader and Winter Mountain Leader respectively.

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