Abseil Module

The Abseil Module is an optional module undertaken by those involved in the Climbing Wall Instructor scheme. It's aim is to train and assess people responsible for supervising abseiling on artificial structures. Some Climbing Wall Instructor providers will offer the Abseil Module as part of the main training course if the facility they are planning to use is appropriate.

Is it for me?

As with all Mountain Training qualifications there is a registration process, which is done via the Candidate Management System (CMS).

Registration for the Abseil Module is automatically added to your account when you register for the Climbing Wall Instructor scheme.


Before you attend an Abseil Module training course, make sure you have done the following:
  • You must be registered on the scheme (see above)
  • You must be registered on the Climbing Wall Instructor scheme and have completed the training course.
  • You must have experience of at least 5 abseils from more than one location.

Abseil Module training lasts for 4 hours and will be run by one of our approved providers in the UK or Ireland. Normally this will be part of a Climbing Wall Instructir training course, although occasionally it is run as a stand alone module. A variety of cost packages are available depending on what's included; food, accommodation etc. so you can choose one that's right for you.

You must have attended a Climbing Wall Instructor training course before going onto the Abseil Module training. Likewise for the assessment, the main Climbing Wall Instructor assessment must be completed before going onto the Abseil Module assessment.

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The Syllabus

Abseil Module holders should be competent in the following key areas, all of which will be covered, to a greater or lesser extent, during your training course.
  • Technical Competence (including equipment, belaying, abseiling)
  • Management and Decision Making (including planning, magaging participants, managing other staff, decision making and knowledge and demonstration of techniques)
  • Teaching and Learning Skills
Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Climbing Wall Instructor handbook and the onus is on you to be competent in all of them by the time you come to assessment.

Climbing Wall Instructor handbook


The period between training and assessment varies in length for each person and is an opportunity to develop your skills, paying particular attention to any weaknesses identified during the training course. You can use the excuse 'I'm preparing for assessment' to visit the wall as much as you like! And it's a really good idea to visit as many different walls as possible and try setting up abeiling systems in various different situations.


Before you attend an Abseil and Top Roping Module assessment course, make sure you have done the following:
  • You must have attended an Abseil and Top Roping Module training course
  • You must have passed the Climbing Wall Instructor assessment

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