Walking in the hills is a great way to explore the outdoors, boost your confidence and get some exercise. We know that for people new to hill walking it can be an exciting and slightly daunting prospect which is why we've developed two courses designed to equip you with some basic knowledge and safety skills so that you can participate in more hill and mountain walking in your own time.

Which course is for me?

There are two courses as part of the scheme so you can choose the most appropriate starting point: Hill Skills and Mountain Skills. Both are open to anyone aged 12 or over.

Hill Skills Mountain Skills

Hill Skills

The Hill Skills course is your key to getting started in countryside walking. No previous hill walking experience is required to attend a Hill Skills course because the content of the course is aimed at beginners. If you do have some experience of hill walking but aren’t confident about planning walks, navigating and understanding the equipment required, then the Hill Skills course is an ideal way to learn.

Mountain Skills

The Mountain Skills course is an ideal choice for walkers interested in transferring their walking skills to steep, remote or more mountainous terrain. Ideally, participants will have some basic hill walking experience and have a reasonable level of fitness. Courses are run in the higher mountain areas of the UK and Ireland.

How do I get started?

If you wish to attend either the Hill Skills or Mountain Skills course you need to register with Mountain Training. The registration is a one-off cost which gives you access to either or both courses.

For 12-17 yrs: free
For 18 yrs+: £20
The registration fee includes the following:
  • Access to both courses with any of our approved providers
  • A certificate of attendance for completing either or both courses
  • Lifetime use of our digital logbook (DLOG) for recording all mountain related activities
Adults will also receive, in the post:
  • A copy of the Safety on Mountains book
  • A navigational timing card
BMC Safety on Mountains

The registration fee does not include:
  • The course fee (this is managed by the providers)
  • Equipment needed for participation in the course
  • Personal accident insurance

Attending a course

Courses run by our approved providers are listed on our candidate management system (CMS).

Find a course

The Hill & Mountain Skills Handbook

The handbook contains loads of useful information about what the courses cover. (Click on the image to view or download the handbook.)

Hill and Mountain Skills Handbook


You are about to be redirected to the Candidate Management System (CMS)

Create an account to register for one of our schemes.

Log in to your existing account Learn more about CMS