Mountaineering Instructor Certificate

This award is all about instructing mountaineering and climbing skills in the winter. It builds on the skills acquired in both the Mountaineering Instructor Award and Winter Mountain Leader awards; both of which candidates must hold to access the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate scheme. The MIC is considered the minimum standard for those instructing the skills of snow and ice climbing and is an extensively used professional award.

Is it for me?

Registration for the MIC is an application process and all candidates must satisfy the following conditions:
  • You must hold the Mountaineering Instructor Award
  • You must have gained 20 days experience teaching/leading post MIA assessment. These days must be logged in DLOG
  • You must hold the Winter Mountain Leader award
  • You must have gained 20 winter quality mountain days as a leader, at least half of which must have been gained post-Winter Mountain Leader assessment. These days must be logged in DLOG
  • You must have led winter climbs at Grade III or above
  • You must have logged (in DLOG) at least 10 routes at Grade II or above and at least 10 at Grade III or above in a minimum of three main mountain areas of the UK
  • There must be a reference in the Referee tab of your DLOG, supporting your application, preferably a Mountaineering Instructor, Guide or training board approved provider. A long term climbing partner or suitable employer would also be considered as an appropriate referee. The referee should be able to endorse the candidate’s suitability as a potential winter Mountaineering Instructor and vouch for the accuracy of the application. It is therefore vitally important that potential referees have an overview of the climbing and work experience of an applicant.
If you can tick all of the above boxes, here's what to do next:
  • Log in to the Candidate Management System.
  • Register for the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate scheme (this costs £79).
  • Notify Mountain Training (via the SEND TO MT button in DLOG) that your DLOG is ready to be reviewed.
Training course bookings must not be made until your Mountaineering Instructor Certificate registration application has been approved by Mountain Training.

You will be notified by email from Mountain Training with the result of your application. Applications with less than the minimum experience cannot be approved.

The registration fee is non-refundable. However, if your application is not successful, you will receive feedback on how best to fulfil the experience requirements and your registration application will be held open for six months, during which you can submit an updated record at no extra cost.

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Before you book onto an MIC training course your registration application must have been approved by Mountain Training.

There are two Providers of MIC training (Glenmore Lodge and Plas y Brenin). Courses are delivered in a continuous five-day block. At the end of the training course feedback and advice on consolidation will be given individually. In order to assist this process candidates must present a completed logbook at the start of the course. The training course includes knowledge and skills not assessed on the final course. For this reason there is no exemption from training.

How to prepare for your MIC training

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Mountaineering Instructor Certificate Handbook

The Syllabus

Mountaineering Instructor Certificate holders should be competent in the following key areas.
  • National awards
  • Personal winter mountaineering
  • Winter mountaineering instruction
  • Winter climbing instruction
  • Assessment of risk and its application
Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Mountaineering Instructor Handbook and the onus is on you to be competent in all of them by the time you come to assessment.

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The period between training and assessment varies in length for each person and it is an opportunity to develop your skills, paying particular attention to any weaknesses identified during the training course. You will also need to log a number of climbs and days with groups during this period (see below for the prerequisites for assessment).


Before you book onto a Mountaineering Instructor Award assessment, make sure you have done the following:
  • You must have attended an MIC training course
  • You must be familiar with the syllabus
  • You must have logged a minimum of 10 days in the mountains managing parties in winter conditions
  • You must have logged a minimum of 5 days climbing experience at Grade III or above
  • You must have physically attended and completed (i.e. not online) a first aid course which involved at least two full days or sixteen hours of instruction and included an element of assessment

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Mountaineering Instructor Certificate profiles

Lou Reynolds
Lou Reynolds - Mountaineering Instructor Certificate holder