Mountain Leader Summer Assessment

The Mountain Leader scheme is designed for you if you want to lead groups in the mountains, hills and moorlands of the UK and Ireland. Mountain Leaders operate the length and breadth of the country with all sorts of groups of people.

Plas Y Brenin

5 Days

Instructor Ratio6:1


Plas Y Brenin


5 Days

Instructor Ratio


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This is a five-day Mountain Leader assessment course that will really test your leadership skills in the hills. You’ll need to show that you have all the skills needed to lead groups safely on mountain walks; including strong navigation skills, leadership ability and environmental knowledge. Within the week you’ll take in a three-day expedition with wild camping out in beautiful Snowdonia as your experience on our Mountain Leader training course and consolidation period is put to the test.

The Objectives 

  • To assess your previous learning on a Mountain Leader training course and time spent consolidating skills and gaining experience, 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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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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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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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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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.