Key info

Min. age for the course: 16

Course length: 1 day

Ideal for: Young people looking to take the first step on the pathway to becoming an instructor, volunteers and parents who want to get more involved with the delivery of climbing sessions.


Indoor Climbing Assistant courses delivered by Mountain Training England are regulated by Ofqual.

Entry requirements

To register
  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Have an interest in assisting qualified instructors on indoor climbing walls.
  • You must create an account on our system and register for the Indoor Climbing Assistant qualification (cost: £25)
To book a combined training and assessment course
  • You must be registered on the Indoor Climbing Assistant qualification.
  • You must have experience in the basic skills (belaying, harness fitting, tying on).
  • You must have recorded (ideally on DLOG*):
    • 5 indoor climbing sessions. (There is no personal climbing requirement. You can just belay, but it is useful to have experience climbing.)
    • Experience of belaying on a minimum of 5 indoor climbing sessions.

*DLOG is the digital logbook on our system, which you will be able to access once you have registered on a qualification.


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The course involves one day (or potentially two evenings) of training and ongoing assessment in a supportive learning environment.


Your experience prior to attending the course will have a huge impact on the result and you should try to be as fully prepared as possible.


The course will be delivered by one of our approved providers in a public or private climbing wall in the UK or Ireland. Most courses are non-residential although some providers offer a residential option so you can choose one that's right for you.



Technical competence (equipment, belaying, personal skills and background knowledge)

Management and decision making (managing participants under supervision, demonstrations and understanding your role)

Teaching and learning skills

The climbing environment (access, etiquette and ethics)


At the end of the course you will receive one of three results:

  • Pass
  • Defer
  • Fail


Beyond the course

Our membership association (Mountain Training Association) offers peer-led learning opportunities and formal workshops on a range of topics, from coaching climbing movement to lead climbing skills, to help you develop following the course.

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