Getting started
When you register for either the Lowland Leader or Hill and Moorland Leader scheme you'll automatically be registered for the Expedition Skills Module.

To get started on the Expedition Skills Module you need to meet the following prerequisites:
  • You must check that you are registered for the module on the Candidate Management System (CMS)
  • You must have passed a Lowland Leader or Hill and Moorland Leader assessment
  • You must have logged an absolute minimum of 10 overnight camps; ideally in a variety of contexts
  • You must have assisted with at least two group camps (these can be included in your 10 personal camps)
  • You must have a valid 16 hour first aid certificate, relevant to your work as a walking leader

Expedition Skills Module candidate handbook

The Expedition Skills Module handbook has full details about the scheme including the syllabus and supporting guidance notes.

Expedition Skills Module Handbook

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If this doesn't sound like the right qualification for you, consider the Mountain Leader scheme instead.

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Training and assessment
The Expedition Skills Module is a combined training and assessment course, typically lasting 2 days with at least one overnight camp. This means that at the end of the course, your attendance will be recorded as either:
  • Pass (you have shown an appropriate level of competence and have sufficient experience) or
  • Not yet completed (you are not yet proficient in certain aspects of the syllabus or lack experience). You will be given an action plan to help you work towards completion.
A variety of cost packages are available for the course depending on what's included; food, accommodation etc. so you can choose one that's right for you.

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The Syllabus

If you have completed the Expedition Skills Module you should be competent in the following key areas, all of which will be covered, to a greater or lesser extent, during the two day course.
  • Equipment
  • Food and cooking
  • Planning and leadership
  • Training and supervising expedition groups
Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Expedition Skills Module Handbook. As with all Mountain Training qualifications, 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.

Support and development

The Mountain Training Association

Join the Mountain Training Association and be part of a community of like-minded people on our schemes. The Association offers a range of workshops for trainee and qualified leaders and coaches across the disciplines, as well as a quarterly magazine, gear deals/discounts, a monthly newsletter and an insurance deal. You can join the Association at any point after you have registered on one of Mountain Training's leadership/coaching schemes.

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The Book - Hill Walking

Hill Walking has been written specifically for people pursuing Mountain Training's leadership qualifications and it includes essential tips and information for those who wish to lead in the hills as well as being a useful learning aid for recreational walkers. The book is split into three parts: Getting Around in the Hills, The Upland Environment and Group Management. Its functional design with easy-reference pages, striking illustrations and images make this book an indispensable guide to the skills required for summer hill walking.

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