Getting started
Registration for the Mountaineering Instructor Award is an application process and you need to meet the following prerequisites:
  • You must hold the Mountain Leader qualification
  • You must have gained 20 quality mountain days as a leader since becoming a Mountain Leader, and logged them in DLOG
  • You must have led 30 named multi-pitch rock climbs of minimum VS 4c standard in at least 3 of the main climbing areas of the UK and Ireland, and logged them in DLOG
  • You must have led 10 sport climbs at or above French grade 6a and logged them in DLOG
  • There should also be a reference in the Referee tab of your DLOG, in support of your registration application
If you can meet all of the above requirements, here's what to do next:
  • Log in to our Candidate Management System
  • Register for the Mountaineering Instructor Award scheme (this costs £77)
  • Notify Mountain Training (via the 'Send to Mountain Training' button on the 'Share' tab in DLOG) that your DLOG is ready to be reviewed
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You will be notified by email by 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.

Mountaineering Instructor Award candidate handbook

Mountaineering Instructor Award Handbook

Not quite right?

If this doesn't sound like the right qualification for you, consider the following: You could also read through our 'Which scheme is right for me?' page.
Training course bookings must not be made until your Mountaineering Instructor Award registration application has been approved by Mountain Training.

There are three providers of MIA training: Glenmore Lodge, Plas y Brenin and Tollymore. Courses are delivered in a continuous nine-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.

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The Syllabus

Mountaineering Instructor Award holders should be competent in the following key areas.
  • Personal summer mountaineering
  • Summer mountaineering instruction
  • Rock climbing instruction
  • Problem solving and rescue skills
  • National awards and local accreditation schemes
  • The mountain environment
  • Development and history of mountaineering
  • Assessment of risk and its application
Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Mountaineering Instructor candidate handbook and the onus is on you to be competent in all of them by the time you come to assessment.
Consolidation The period between training and assessment (often referred to as the consolidation period) varies in length for each person. The Mountaineering Instructor Award syllabus is extensive and you should make every effort to develop your skills, paying particular attention to any weaknesses identified during the training course.

We have carried out some research into candidates' preparation for MIA assessment in an effort to identify what helps candidates be successful. A summary and the full report can be found here: Preparing for your assessment - research results.

The Book - Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing has been written specifically for people working their way through Mountain Training's climbing schemes and it's packed with colourful diagrams, photographs and simple language. It covers the full spectrum of modern climbing practice including movement skills, knots, bouldering, sport, trad and indoor climbing as well as risk management and problem solving.

Rock Climbing

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Association of Mountaineering Instructors

AMI supports trainee and qualified Mountaineering Instructors and offers a range of workshops to assist with their development as well as a quarterly magazine, gear deals/discounts and an insurance deal. After you have completed Mountaineering Instructor Award training you will be invited to join AMI as an trainee member for free until the end of the membership year (31st March).


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E-learning modules can be accessed through the 'Awards & Training' tab of your CMS account.

Mountain weather

Weather elearning slide

Created by the Met Office for Mountain Training, this free module is packed full of useful information about weather systems, forecasts and how to use this information as a leader to plan your journey. The module takes approximately 1 hour to complete and is available to anyone who has registered on one of our schemes.


Geology elearning slide

These three modules are free for members of the Mountain Training Association - they have been developed in partnership with Paul Gannon, author of the Rock Trails series of books.

Mountain building
This module covers a basic understanding of mountain building and plate tectonics.

Mountain landscapes and rock types
This module covers a basic understanding of various rock types and how they appear in the landscape.

Mountain destruction
This module explores the ways in which weathering and erosion slowly dismantle mountain ranges and should help you spot signs of the on-going processes of mountain destruction.
Assessment Before you book onto a Mountaineering Instructor Award assessment, make sure you have done the following:
  • You must have attended a Mountaineering Instructor Award training course
  • You must be familiar with the syllabus
  • You must have logged a minimum of 20 multi pitch climbs at VS 4c or above (since MIA training), a large proportion of which should be on mountain crags and major sea cliffs
  • You must have logged a minimum of 20 quality mountain days in sole charge of a group (since training)
  • You must have logged a minimum of 20 rock climbing teaching days with students (since training)
  • You must have a reference from a referee
  • 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
The Mountaineering Instructor Award assessment is 5 days long.

Assessments are run by either Glenmore Lodge, Plas y Brenin or Tollymore.

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