Key info

Must be a qualified: Development Coach
Registration is an application process and requires approval from Mountain Training UK & Ireland
Training: 3 days, spread over 3 months, delivered to a fixed training cohort each year
Assessment: Bespoke, includes an interview and practical coaching assessment

Average time from training to passing assessment: Currently unknown (new qualification)

Ideal for: Experienced climbing coaches who want to design, plan, deliver and review bespoke interventions to help climbers make tangible improvements and achieve mid to long term goals.

Entry requirements


To register
  • You must be a qualified Development Coach
  • You must have a substantial depth and breadth of personal climbing experience, and provide evidence of having successfully climbed (onsight) up to 7a within your climbing career.
  • You must have delivered over 200 hours of relevant coaching and logged these sessions (ideally in DLOG) in order to provide evidence of the quantity and quality of coaching.
  • You must have completed FUNdamentals of Climbing 1, 2 and 3, and Physical Training 1.
  • You must have attended (or be able to demonstrate equivalent training and experience to) the Physical Training 2 course.
  • You must have attended (or be able to demonstrate equivalent training and experience to) the Mental Skills Training course - specification of course content to follow.
  • You must provide evidence of appropriate (and current) first aid and safeguarding training.
  • There must be a reference in the Referee tab of your DLOG, in support of your registration application.
  • You must complete the Performance Coach Registration application form
  • You must log in to your account and register for the Performance Coach qualification (cost £95)
To join a training cohort
  • Your Performance Coach registration must have been approved.

To book an assessment course

  • Your portfolio must have been approved by your mentor (more info in the Courses section below).

Performance Coach training incorporates three one-day courses delivered to a fixed cohort of candidates each year.

Like any other Mountain Training qualification, the training will focus on the elements of the syllabus that coaches may struggle to develop on their own. Unlike other qualifications, the training is a developmental scheme in itself, with a series of sessions attended over several months, with mentored practical assignments in between.



Training course 1: PLAN:
Assignment 1: Evidence based profile of two climbers
Assignment 2: Complete a self audit (SWOT) of current coaching skills

Training course 2: DO:
Assignment 3: Develop profiles into training plans and deliver
Assignment 4: Critically observe and feedback on two other coaches

Training course 3: REVIEW:
Assignment 5: Review and reflect self audit



  • Personal and professional development
  • Physical training
  • Skill acquisition
  • Psychology



Following completion of all three Performance Coach training courses, candidates are required to create a portfolio as part of the assessment application process.

The 'portfolio' is not necessarily written, but candidates need to evidence the depth and breadth of their coaching experience, and developmental learning throughout the pathway. We have no interest in favouring the written word, not discriminating against those who find written evidence is not their strength. Hence, portfolios will be accepted as audio and video recordings as well as written documents. The import thing is to work with a mentor to ensure your portfolio represents your depth and breadth of coaching, and demonstrates you have the skills and experience to fulfil the syllabus.



Once your portfolio has been approved by your mentor, and your application has been agreed by a member of the training and assessment team, you may proceed to book an assessment. Each assessment is a bespoke and holistic process and will include an interview of your experience and progress, as well as a final practical (observed) coaching session with a long-term client/climber.

You will be assessed against the syllabus competencies in the candidate handbook. At the end of the assessment you will receive one of two results:

  • Pass
  • Defer (requires reassessment)
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