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International Mountain Leader Assessment Summer

Course Overview

You must have completed an IML Summer training course prior to this assessment. This assessment takes place over 4 days with 2 or 3 nights in huts and is based in an Alpine region. This is a practical course which allows fitness, leadership, environmental knowledge, route choice, group care, navigation and many other skills to be assessed. Candidates will complete a home paper and present their fact file as part of the assessment. Candidates should arrive for this expedition-based assessment, fit, acclimatised and familiar with all aspects of the syllabus.
The course cost does not include accommodation, meals, hut fees or travel.

These courses are extremely popular. If when you book the courses are already full we will add you to a waiting list and look to add additional places.

Experience Required

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

The Venue and Course Format

The assessment will be based in Samoens.

You will need to meet at 9am on the first morning of the course at:
Lagrange Prestige Les Fermes De Samoens
347 Chemin de Sur la Ville Lieu-Dit Les Beules

At 9am on the first morning, a course welcome and full briefing will take place in the Reception of Les Fermes de Samoens. Please arrive with your logbook/Dlog, first aid certificate, leader’s resource pack, home preparation paper and travel insurance. After a short briefing in the resort, you will head out for a day walk in small teams with a PYB instructor. Please come with a packed rucksack, food and drink and dressed for a day walk in the local area.

The assessment will take place over the following four days / three nights. It will take the form of a 3 day hut based journey with overnights in high mountain huts and gites and a day walk. Please be aware that the day walk may take place on the first or last day of the assessment depending on weather and logistical considerations.

There are a few parking spaces at Les Fermes however it is a 5 minute walk from the main carpark and central area (Tourist Information Centre/Guides Office) in Samoens. Arrangements can be made for any equipment not required for the day/expedition to be left at Les Fermes – Please talk to one of the PYB members of staff when you arrive.

Sheet sleeping bags will be needed for the mountain huts.

The programme may be revised at short notice to take account of weather and other considerations, in such a way as to satisfy the spirit and detail of the International Mountain Leader syllabus.


The map you need for the assessment is Samoens Haut Giffre 3530 T Carte de Randonnee.

The assessment will be finished by 5pm on the last day after results and individual debriefs.

Samoens and the area

There is a range of accommodation options available in Samoens from a great campsite to 5* Hotels. A large supermarket is situated on the outskirts of the village however, there are plenty of small supermarkets (usually open 7am to 8pm), boulangeries and other food shops as well as the usually weekly market. The centre also has a number of outdoor shops, cafes, restaurants, banks and laundrette. A great place to stay!
For further information about the area visit the Office de Tourisme de Samoens.

Pre-requisites for assessment

Candidates 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 here.

Log book/Dlog

You need to bring along a completed logbook/Mountain Training registration number for Dlog that includes evidence of the following:

  • Twenty quality international summer mountain days

  • Further experience as appropriate

  • Record of attendance at a 5 day IML training course

  • Record of pass from speed navigation test (undertaken during the summer training course)

  • Leader Resource Pack - details below

  • Home Preparation Paper - completed - available to download here

  • Prepare two 10 minute Environmental Presentations - details below

  • Route Planning Exercise - completed - available to download here

Fitness and Acclimatisation

Candidates for assessment need to be physically fit for 4 days walking in an Alpine region. As a guide to the level of fitness required, the syllabus states that candidates "must be capable of sustained physical effort over approximately six hours, whilst carrying a 10kg rucksack and gaining between 1300 and 1600m of ascent at the rate of 400 to 500m per hour". The assessment will take place at altitude so candidates need to be suitably acclimatised to operate at approximately 3000m.


As a leader in a foreign country it is desirable to be able to speak a little of the local language. We are not expecting you to go on a crash course but coming equipped with a phrase book or dictionary and a willingness to get stuck in is vital. Leaders will be expected to communicate with hut wardens, book transport and manage a mock rescue in the local language.

Pre course preparation

Environmental Presentations – out on the hill

Candidate will be asked to present two informal 10 minute presentations on different environmental topics chosen from the list below. The content of the presentations should be at an appropriate level of knowledge and interest for IML candidates and be able to be delivered whilst on the hill. Candidates should have sufficient understanding of the topic to deliver the presentation fluidly, with limited notes for support and be able to respond to questions.  Each candidate should produce a crib card for their talk (no more than one A4 sheet maximum) that they are able to email out to other candidates.

Presentation Topics:

  • Geology

  • Vegetation

  • Mammals

  • Land use

  • Birds

  • Adventure tourism

  • People

  • History, culture and tradition

  • Natural & National Parks

  • Alpine weather

  • Language

  • Economy

  • Working with Porters and/pack animals

  • Third World Multi Day Trek

  • Glaciation

Leaders Resource Pack

Each candidate must produce a Leaders Resource Pack which details relevant information for them operating as a leader in the area of assessment. It should include information that would assist a leader (or potential replacement leader) working in the assessment area, such as transport information, hut information, emergency information and environmental facts relating to the area. This should be in a format that allows it to be carried during the assessment.


Each course member must have with them and show proof of insurance for the duration of the course on the first morning - i.e. personal accident, rescue and repatriation. You should also have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which will give you reciprocal health care rights.
We strongly recommend that you also take out cancellation cover insurance.

Syllabus and assessment content

The areas of syllabus you will be continually assessed on are as follows:

  • Leadership

  • Navigation

  • 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 and hazard awareness and management in a variety of terrain

  • Organising clients in overnight accommodation

Whilst this is a four day assessment, we will try to provide an opportunity for some training on summer snow patches. Please be aware this is dependent on the availability of a suitable summer snow patch.
At the end of each day, there will be an opportunity for feedback from the assessor.
The assessment will be finished by 5pm on the last day after results and individual debriefs. If candidates are planning to leave the resort to return home on the final day, please be aware that the course will finish at 5pm.

Additional costs

The course fee does not include:

  • Accommodation or meals - this is a non-residential course

  • Travel to and from venue

  • Uplift

Approximate additional expenses that you should expect to pay are:

  • The cost of two nights in a mountain hut

  • Mountain uplift may also be used during the course


If you want to arrange transport with other members of the course, you can put your details on our Travel message board.
Please do not leave your travel arrangements until the last minute as this will inevitably lead to frustration and additional expense.


When staying in mountain huts breakfast and evening meals are included in the hut fees you pay. However you will need to supply lunch and snack food for the duration of the 3 day expedition.


The course will be run by qualified IML's and Guides from Plas y Brenin.

Further information:

Mountain Training website for the syllabus, award scheme information and MTE processes and procedures.

What's Included In The Price?

Whether you choose to stay with us or you have alternative accommodation nearby, the following items are included in the total cost.


    If you choose to stay with us, these items are also included in the total cost:

Accommodation For This Course

IML Summer Assessment

This course is non-residential and does not include any meals or accommodation.
The location for the 2016 IML Summer Assessment is Samoens Haut Giffre French Alps.

You will need to meet at 9am on the first morning of the course at:
Lagrange Prestige Les Fermes De Samoens
347 Chemin de Sur la Ville Lieu-Dit Les Beules

It is possible to book accommodation in the area through Lagrange Holidays, follow the link below and search Les Fermes de Samoens.

follow this link for more details

What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

Candidates are expected to provide all of their own equipment, including emergency hill rope, group shelter and first aid kit. Candidates should bring clothing and equipment for European trekking conditions

  • The map you will need will be the Samoens Haut - Giffre 3530T Carte de Randonnee

Each course member must have with them and show proof of insurance for the duration of the course on the first morning - i.e. personal accident, rescue and repatriation. You should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card, which will give you reciprocal health care rights.
We strongly recommend that you also take out cancellation cover insurance.

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