Mountain Leader Summer Assessment

Complete your Mountain Leader Assessment with us. We are an experienced and friendly team who have years of experience. We create an atmosphere where you can enjoy yourself, perform at your best and learn loads during the week.

Plas y Brenin

5 Days

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Plas y Brenin


5 Days

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This is a five-day Mountain Leader assessment course.  Within the week you’ll take in a three-day expedition with wild camping out in beautiful Snowdonia as you use the experience gained on our Mountain Leader training course and during your consolidation period.

We create a positive and relaxed an assessment environment so that you’re able to perform at your best.  We will assess you against the Mountain Training accredited syllabus of the award whilst looking for opportunities to develop your skills when we can.

You’ll need to show that you can lead groups safely on mountain walks; including strong navigation skills, leadership ability and environmental knowledge.   Our job is to create the best environment we can for you to demonstrate your skills.

The Objectives 

  • To have a fun five days, and some nights!, together exploring the mountains of Eryri (Snowdonia).
  • To assess you against the syllabus requirements.
  • To become qualified as a Mountain Leader.

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What to Expect

You’ll have two quality mountain days with theoretical evening sessions in the centre including a paper exercise, then we’ll go out on a three-day expedition.

Experience Required

Before you book onto a Mountain Leader assessment, make sure you have done the following:

  • Completed a Mountain Leader training course (or have been granted exemption) and a consolidation period prior this assessment.
  • Familiarised yourself with the syllabus
  • Logged a minimum of 40 Quality Mountain Days in three different regions of the UK and Ireland
  • Gained a current first aid certificate, minimum 16 hours and relevant to your work as a Mountain Leader
  • Logged at least 8 nights camping, including at least 4 nights wild camping

How Should I Prepare?

You should spend some time consolidating your Mountain Leader Training by following the action plan you drew up during that course. You will need to meet the pre-requirements for the assessment course as outlined in Experience Required. We recommend you that you treat the 40 quality mountain days as a minimum.

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Note: Our instructors will assess any safety equipment you bring with you. If they consider it to be below the required standard, you will be asked to use equipment provided by Plas y Brenin.

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Why Plas y Brenin?

Plas y Brenin is at the forefront of outdoor instruction. Whether you are starting a career in the outdoors, or just want to take an adventure holiday, PYB is the place for you.

We inspire explorers. We train trainers. We’re internationally recognised. We’ve been around since 1798, with our earliest guests including Queen Victoria. Since then, we’ve focussed on providing the best customer experience, working alongside some of the greatest, 007 included.

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Expert Tuition

You’ll receive expert supervision from fully qualified and psyched instructors, creating the perfect environment to learn and enjoy something new!

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Explore Eryri

Your experience will take place in the heart of the extraordinary Eryri National Park. Our National Outdoor Centre features accommodation, a bar, dining, and more. And while you’re here, why not check out some local gems?

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Develop a Passion

Everyone at Plas y Brenin, from staff to visitors, is excited about adventures and inspired to get outside. Our guests return year after year to experience all that North Wales offers.