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Mountain Assessor Training Workshop

Course Overview

This two day workshops identify and develop the skills required to assess others in a mountain context. The programme examines the generic skills of assessing through theoretical presentations and practical application. Open to Mountain Training providers and holders of ML, WGL and SPA awards.

Experience Required

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

What we cover

The two day course is both indoor and outdoor based. We intend to look at the following areas:

  • Models for successful assessment
  • The assessment process
  • Requirements of the training boards
  • A variety of training and assessment schemes
  • Briefings
  • Assessment styles
  • Observation
  • Candidate understanding
  • Feedback
  • Supporting evidence/information and results

The second day involves a mock assessment with 'volunteer candidates'. These will be people who are working towards a Governing Body qualification. An experienced assessor will ensure that the vital elements for successful assessment are considered.

Useful Books

You may find the following books useful:
  • Hillwalking by Steve Long (MLTUK official publication)
  • Leading and Managing Groups in the Outdoors by K.Ogilvie

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.

    Free tea, coffee or selected hot drinks for the duration of your visit
    Afternoon tea & homemade cakes
    Equipment hire
    Free (low-speed) wifi access in the bar & dining room
    In course transport
    Railway station pick up & drop off (please call to arrange)
    Parking with CCTV surveillance
    Free use of climbing wall, gym, MTB skills course & rolling pool

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

    Accommodation the night before your course
    Accommodation during your course
    Breakfast & evening meal
    Bar Lunch/packed lunch

Accommodation For This Course

Plas y Brenin Main House

Your course is based at Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Sports Centre in Capel Curig, North Wales, LL24 0ET.

If you are staying with us,

If you have chosen to add accommodation onto this course or holiday it is usually in the main house in a comfy en-suite room (normally shared with another guest). Each room has tea and coffee making facilities and all bed linen and towels are provided.

This includes accommodation the night before your first day. Your room will be available from 6pm. On your last day you will need to vacate your room by 10am. It is sometimes possible to arrange to stay an extra night please phone 01690 720214 for availability and cost.

Secure storage facilities, showers and toilets are available for you to use on your departure day once you have checked out of your room should you need them, please ask at reception.

Also included, if you chosen to add accommodation, are all your meals - breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes and a three course evening meal. Please bear in mind an evening meal is not provided on the night before your course or on the last day of your course but our bar will be serving meals from 7.00pm until 8.45pm.

If you are are not staying with us but coming in each day,

If you choose to come in daily for your course or holiday you will need to arrive ready for a 9am welcome talk on the first day. For the rest of your course or holiday you will need to be here for 9.15am. We return from a full day of activity, usually in time for tea and cakes at 5pm (included).

There are more activities from 5.30 - 6.30 on some days of your course or holiday, please check on the first day.

For most of our awards and qualification courses there will be further evening sessions on some days which you need to attend, please check on the first day.

There is an 8pm adventure talk by one of our coaches on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday evenings which you are welcome to come to. Find out more about the upcoming talks here.

On the final day you will be finished by 5pm.

For courses based on-site our bar will be serving lunches from 12pm until 2pm or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

If your course is based away from the centre then you will need to bring a packed lunch with you. Each evening our bar serves evening meals from 7pm until 8.45pm if you wish to eat here.

You can arrange to have any of the following meals - breakfast, packed lunch and a three course centre dinner, by contacting our customer services team on 01690 720214 or

follow this link for more details

What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

Please come equipped to be out in the mountains and at crags whatever the weather.

You will also need:

  • Lunch bag/box

  • Drinks bottle

  • MT syllabus'

  • OS Explorer No 17 1:25,000 Snowdon & Conwy Valley (ideally laminated if not bring a map case) (Can be purchased from our shop)

  • Fine permanent pen (for writing on laminated maps)

Customer Reviews For This Course

Very informative and helpful

Gareth Jones

Mike and Paul ran a very well planned out course which gave plenty of information for those who plan to assess in a mountain environment. I found it practically helpful to further my understanding of the assessment and feedback process which will be great as I am working toward my MIA and training and assessing mountain leader and single pitch awards.
Personal thank you to Paul who passed on some valuable knowledge which will defiantly come in handy.

A thoroughly worthwhile and enjoyable 2 days

Andy Pope

I learned a lot in a friendly and structured enviroment, not only from the instructor but also from the other attendees. I particularly liked the balance of 'classroom theory' and outside practical sessions and the ability to learn by doing / observing the assessment of tasks on the hill. Many thanks must also go out to the 2 brave volunteers (who are preparing for their ML assessment) who came out on the second day for us to practice on - again I found this very useful and very thought provoking.
My only (relatively minor) improvement point concerns the quality of the information that I received prior to attending the course in terms of what I was expected to do in preparation etc. I would have found a more postive 'not a lot' reassuring.
Hopefully PyB will continue to run this course along these lines and thankyou again to Carlo and his team.

Good Practical Development course

Owen Williams

Went on the course as part of my CPD and came away with lots of new ideas on assessing and strategies as well as consolidating my existing knowledge and skills.

The Tutors were knowledgeable and experienced and gave not only good in the field instruction and guidance but also good feedback to help me develop my skills.

Added to good accommodation and facilities a great all round course.

Not found what you were looking for?

You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides from only £250 per day. They'll tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly.
You can enjoy one to one coaching for that cost or if you get together as a group, depending on the activity, you can split that cost between up to 6 of you. If you are a group we can run any of our courses on a date that suits you and your friends. Or you could just write your own agenda for a week or weekend and we'll price it up for you - with or without accommodation. What's more, just like out normal course fees, our private instructor hire charge covers all your equipment too. Click on the link below to fill in a request form and one of our coaches will call you back (or e-mail if you'd prefer) to discuss things in detail with you.

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