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Climbing Wall Award Assessment

Course Overview

This one day assessment covers the main award and the abseil module. You must have completed the CWA training course and CWA abseil module training (included in our CWA training course) prior to assessment.

Experience Required

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Before you book onto a Climbing Wall Award assessment, make sure you have done the following:


  • You must be at least 18 years old

  • You must have attended a Climbing Wall Award training course (or have been granted exemption)

  • You must be familiar with the syllabus

  • You must have logged a minimum of 30 visits to at least three different climbing walls

  • You must have led a minimum of 40 climbs in indoor walls

  • You must be confident at climbing routes at Fr 4

  • You must have assisted in the supervision of at least 15 instructed sessions on at least two different walls including a large public facility in a variety of contexts

  • You must hold a current first aid certificate, minimum 8 hours and relevant to your work as a Climbing Wall Award holder




Course content

This course is a combined CWA with additional Abseil module and will closely follow the syllabus of these schemes. In particular it will look at the practical techniques of group management and personal climbing skills required when leading and supervising groups in climbing walls and on artificial structures.


The centre has two separate climbing walls within its facilities as well as access to a nearby outdoor climbing tower. This enables the whole course to be based from the centre and cover the appropriate areas of the syllabus.


During the course, you may be assessed in any of the key aspects of the syllabus:



  • The climbing wall environment

  • Risk Assessment

  • Group management

  • Injury prevention warming up

  • Bouldering warm up / games

  • Practical use of the wall

  • Equipment

  • Analysing movement and coaching strategies for teaching basic movement skills

  • Structuring sessions

  • Short and long term climbing development

  • Personal climbing / leading

  • Artificial structures

  • Top roping

  • Abseiling

Useful Books

  • Rock Climbing by Libby Peter (MLTUK official publication)
  • The Handbook of Climbing by Fyffe and Peters
  • Reading magazines is also a good way to keep abreast of current issues in the climbing world.  For further information, refer to the BMC - Summit magazine and website



What's Included In The Price?

Whether you choose to stay with us or you have alternative accommodation nearby, the following items are included in the total cost.

    Free tea, coffee or selected hot drinks for the duration of your visit
    Afternoon tea & homemade cakes
    Instruction/coaching
    Equipment hire
    Free (low-speed) wifi access in the bar & dining room
    In course transport
    Railway station pick up & drop off (please call to arrange)
    Parking with CCTV surveillance
    Free use of climbing wall, gym, MTB skills course & rolling pool


    If you choose to stay with us, these items are also included in the total cost:

    Accommodation the night before your course
    Breakfast
    Bar Lunch/packed lunch

Accommodation For This Course

Residential or Non Residential

Your course is based at Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Sports Centre in Capel Curig, North Wales, LL24 0ET.



If you are staying with us,

If you have chosen to add accommodation onto this course or holiday it is usually in the main house in a comfy en-suite room (normally shared with another guest). Each room has tea and coffee making facilities and all bed linen and towels are provided.

This includes accommodation the night before your first day. Your room will be available from 6pm. On your last day you will need to vacate your room by 10am. It is sometimes possible to arrange to stay an extra night please phone 01690 720214 for availability and cost.

Secure storage facilities, showers and toilets are available for you to use on your departure day once you have checked out of your room should you need them, please ask at reception.

Also included if you chosen to add accommodation are all your meals - breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes and a three course evening meal. Please bear in mind an evening meal is not provided on the night before your course or on the last day of your course but our bar will be serving meals from 7.00pm until 8.45pm.




If you are are not staying with us but coming in each day,

If you choose to come in daily for your course or holiday you will need to arrive ready for a 9am welcome talk on the first day. For the rest of your course or holiday you will need to be here for 9.15am. We return from a full day of activity, usually in time for tea and cakes at 5pm (included).

There are more activities from 5.30 - 6.30 on some days of your course or holiday, please check on the first day.

For most of our awards and qualification courses there will be further evening sessions on some days which you need to attend, please check on the first day.

There is an 8pm adventure talk by one of our coaches on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday evenings which you are welcome to come to.

On the final day you will be finished by 5pm.

For courses based on-site our bar will be serving lunches from 12pm until 2pm or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

If your course is based away from the centre then you will need to bring a packed lunch with you. Each evening our bar serves evening meals from 7pm until 8.45pm if you wish to eat here.

You can arrange to have any of the following meals - breakfast, packed lunch and a three course centre dinner, by contacting our customer services team on 01690 720214 or info@pyb.co.uk.

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What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

Candidates are expected to provide all of their own equipment, with the exception of ropes. You should bring normal clothing and equipment suited to climbing with a group on an indoor climbing wall.


You will also need:


  • Lunch bag/box

  • Drinks bottle

  • MT logbook and paperwork


For Climbing Wall Award only - you may also visit a local abseil tower, which is outside so please bring appropriate clothing and footwear.





Not found what you were looking for?

You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides from only £250 per day. They'll tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly.
You can enjoy one to one coaching for that cost or if you get together as a group, depending on the activity, you can split that cost between up to 6 of you. If you are a group we can run any of our courses on a date that suits you and your friends. Or you could just write your own agenda for a week or weekend and we'll price it up for you - with or without accommodation. What's more, just like out normal course fees, our private instructor hire charge covers all your equipment too. Click on the link below to fill in a request form and one of our coaches will call you back (or e-mail if you'd prefer) to discuss things in detail with you.

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