Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Assessment

Putting yourself forward for the MCI assessment is a big step in your career progression. We strive to create a supportive atmosphere for you to perform to your best.

Plas y Brenin

5 Days

Instructor RatioVarious


Plas y Brenin


5 Days

Instructor Ratio


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Let’s face it, booking your MCI assessment feels like a big step… because it is! We have all been there. But if you’re ready to come and demonstrate all you’ve accomplished in your consolidation period, it’s time to book. During the week, we’ll do our best to give you a supported and fair assessment. 

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What to Expect

This five day, Mountain Training accredited programme will be arranged to take account of weather and other considerations, in such a way as to satisfy the spirit and detail of the Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Award syllabus.

Generally the course is run on the following lines:

  • Day One: Taking People Climbing
  • Day Two: Problem solving and improvised rescue
  • Day Three: Mountaineering Day
  • Day Four: Teaching Climbing
  • Day Five: Navigation

Experience Required

Prior to booking the assessment, you must have;

  • Attended a Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor training course
  • Be familiar with the syllabus
  • Logged a minimum of 20 multi pitch climbs at VS 4c or above (since MCI training), a large proportion of which should be on mountain crags and major sea cliffs
  • Logged a minimum of 20 quality mountain days in sole charge of a group (since training)
  • Logged a minimum of 20 rock climbing teaching days with students (since training)
  • A reference from a referee
  • A valid first aid certificate.

Please ensure you have met the above prerequisites before booking. 

How Should I Prepare?

You should be competent and familiar with all aspects of the Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Award Syllabus. You should also complete the Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Award Preparation Paper. You will need to prepare a 5-minute video, of your choice, on an historical or technical topic related to mountaineering or rock climbing. If you would like to discuss your preparedness for the assessment, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

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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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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.