Rock Climbing Development Instructor Assessment
  • Plas y Brenin
  • 3 Days
  • 4 People to 1 instructor

Rock Climbing Development Instructor Assessment

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  • Mountain Training Award
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The Rock Climbing Development Instructor qualification is for experienced instructors wishing to develop a participant's rock climbing proficiency. This development may extend to the teaching of lead climbing. The scope of this new award allows qualified instructors to develop climbers wishing to climb both sport and trad routes.

This is an individual assessment to check you meet the required standard in all aspects of the syllabus.

A training course must have been completed or exemption of training must have been sorted from Mountain Training before you can attend the assessment.

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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

You will be assessed in the following key areas to a greater or lesser extend, during your assessment course.

  1. Technical Competence (including equipment, anchors, belaying, personal skills and background knowledge)
  2. Management and Decision Making (including planning, organising, managing participants, decision making, knowledge and demonstration of techniques, personal safety)
  3. Teaching Skills
  4. The Climbing Environment (including access, conservation, etiquette and ethics)

Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Rock Climbing Development Instructor handbook (downloaded from link below).


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

Day 1

Day: Personal Climbing Competancies on trad and sport climbs at VS 4c and F6a

Day 2

Day: Sport Climbing with Students

Evening: Written Exam Paper

Day 3

Day: Trad Climbing with Students

Experience Required

Post training and before presenting yourself for assessment:

  • You must have logged a minimum of 10 rock climbing teaching days with students at a variety of outdoor venues.
  • You must have led a minimum of 30 single pitch routes using leader placed protection in three different climbing areas at VS 4c or above and recorded them in DLOG.
  • You may include full multi-pitch routes using leader placed protection (up to 50% of the requirement).
  • You must have led a minimum of 30 sport climbs in three different climbing areas at 6a or above and recorded them in DLOG. Up to 50% of this experience can be outside the UK and Ireland.
  • You must have physically attended and completed (i.e. not online) a first aid course which involved a least two full days of sixteen hours of instruction and included an element of assessment.

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.

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

Available Course Dates

Start the booking process by selecting a course date, then adjust your details to suit your requirements.

Course Start Date
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Course Start Date
19th August, 2022
3 Days
Spaces available

*If your course is based at Plas Y Brenin, Capel Curig, residential prices include catering from the morning of your course start date and cover the duration of your course, accommodation starts on the night before your course commences to the morning of the last day of your booking.

This course will help you become

This is the thorough assessment process that you are required to complete and demonstrate you are at the required standard to become a Rock Climbing Development Coach

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