International Mountain Leader Assessment Summer
  • Alpine
  • 4 Days
  • 8 People to 1 instructor

International Mountain Leader Assessment Summer

  • Hike
  • Mountain Training Award
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Your assessment takes place over four days, it will take the form of a 3 day hut based journey with overnights in high mountain huts and gites and a day walk. You'll be assessed on your practical application of leadership, environmental knowledge, route choice, group care, navigation and many other skills, as well as your fitness. You'll also complete a home paper, prepare two 10 minute 'on the hill' environmental presentations, a route planning exercise and present your Leader's resource file. You'll need to be at the top of your game for this expedition-based assessment - fit, acclimatised and familiar with all aspects of the syllabus. Please come with a packed rucksack, food and drink and dressed for a day walk in the local area. You'll also need with you your logbook/DLog, first aid certificate, leader’s resource pack, home preparation paper and travel insurance.

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Can I book privately?

Yes. If you would like to book a private course then give us a call to discuss your needs.

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The Objectives

The International Mountain Leader scheme (IML) provides comprehensive training and assessment for individuals who aspire to work as leaders in Europe and further afield. It integrates training, experience and assessment in a variety of realistic situations. The scheme provides training and assessment in the skills required for leading and educating groups worldwide in summer conditions and also on easy snow-covered, rolling, Nordic-type terrain in the “middle mountains” in winter conditions.


* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.

There'll be a course welcome and full briefing at 9.00am . The assessment is based in Switzerland - Villars sur Ollon - Vaud. Please arrive with your logbook/Dlog, leader's resource pack, home preparation paper and travel insurance

After this you'll head out for a day walk in small teams with an instructor. The areas of syllabus you will be continually assessed on are



Broad environmental knowledge

Client care in a variety of environments

Personal movement skills and fitness

Response to emergency scenarios

Emergency use of rope to include dealing with fixed equipment

Route choice, hazard awareness and management in a variety of terrain

Organising clients in overnight accommodation

Whilst this is a 4 day assessment, we will try to provide an opportunity for some training on summer snow patches, subject to availability of a suitable summer snow patch

At the end of each day, there is an opportunity for feedback from the assessor

Experience Required

You must have;

  • Completed an IML Summer training course and successfully passed your TIMED NAVIGATION TEST
  • Gained further experience as required before assessment
  • You should be 18 years old to attend this course.
  • You also need to be familiar with, and prepared to demonstrate all aspects of the International Mountain Leader syllabus.
  • A copy of the syllabus can be downloaded from the Mountain Training website.

Why Choose Plas y Brenin?

Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.

If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the residential price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself.

When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.

This course is non-residential so you're expected to provide your own food, travel and accommodation. This course will be based in Switzerland - Villars sur Ollon - Vaud.. You need to meet the assessors at 9.00am on the first morning of the course.

What do I need to bring?
Equipment List
How should I prepare?
Preparation guide

Available Course Dates

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This course will help you become

ready to attend your IML winter training course or IML winter assessment course if IML winter training course has been attended.

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