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Climbing Wall Award Training / Climbing Wall Instructor Training

Course Overview

This two day training course focuses on party supervision, safety and coaching movement skills. The module on group abseils will also be covered. You must be registered on the Climbing Wall Award scheme Mountain Training prior to attending this course and have the required experience.

Experience Required

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Pre-requisites for the training course

Mountain Training (MT) strictly requires that all students are registered prior to commencing the course. They will not recognise completion of the course by non-registered participants. Ensure your DLOG (online logbook with Mountain Training) is fully completed with your experience. Before attending the training course you should have climbed on artificial structures on at least fifteen occasions, visited at least three different walls and have successfully led climbs on walls.

Course content

This two day course is a combined CWA with additional Abseil module and will closely follow the syllabus of these schemes. In particular it will look at the practical techniques of group management and personal climbing skills required when leading and supervising groups in climbing walls and on artificial structures. The course will concentrate on areas that the board feels it is difficult for candidates to learn on their own.

The centre has two separate climbing walls within its facilities as well as access to a nearby outdoor climbing tower. This enables the whole course to be based from the centre and cover the appropriate areas of the syllabus.

During the two days the following aspects of the syllabus will be covered:

  • The climbing wall environment
  • Risk Assessment
  • Group management
  • Injury prevention warming up
  • Bouldering warm up / games
  • Practical use of the wall
  • Equipment
  • Analysing movement and coaching strategies for teaching basic movement skills
  • Structuring sessions
  • Short and long term climbing development
  • Personal climbing / leading
  • Artificial structures
  • Top roping
  • Abseiling

In addition, there will be some classroom sessions, covering some of the more theoretical aspects of the syllabus where we intend to look at the following areas:

  • Responsibilities and legal aspects
  • Background information i.e: climbing wall development, competition climbing, the role of the BMC

Useful Books

  • Rock Climbing by Libby Peter (MLTUK official publication)
  • The Handbook of Climbing by Fyffe and Peters
  • Complete Guide to Rope Techniques by Nigel Shepherd
  • Reading magazines is also a good way to keep abreast of current issues in the climbing world. For further information, refer to the BMC - Summit magazine and website

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?

  • Personal climbing clothing

  • Rockshoes

  • Harness

  • Belay device

  • Prussik loops

  • Helmet

  • Chalk bag

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Approach shoes or similar

  • Drinks bottle

  • Flask

  • Lunch bag/box

  • Rucksack

  • Personal first aid kit

  • MT Logbook and registration for award

Plus for SPA Training you will also need:

  • Climbing rack (or any hardwear you have)

  • Walking boots

Plas y Brenin will provide all ropes for use during the course. If you plan to climbing in your free time you will need your own ropes.

At this level we expect students to have most of their own equipment. It is possible to borrow the following items from our equipment stores:

  • Rockshoes

  • Harness

  • Belay device

  • Helmet

  • Chalk bag

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Rucksack

  • Walking boots

  • Climbing rack

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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