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MT Train The Trainers

Course Overview

This course aims to develop skills and knowledge in delivering training for any of the award schemes of Mountain Training (though it may also be of relevance to those delivering in house or equivalent schemes). The courses uses a variety of indoor and outdoor contexts in developing the generic skills of the trainer and course director. Attendees will be expected to prepare short presentations prior to the course. This is not an assessed course and no judgement will be made about the abilities of attendees at this event. Attendance will be considered as valuable experience should individuals subsequently apply to Mountain Training for approval as course directors.

Experience Required

Open to MT Award Holders who are working towards becoming course directors and providers.

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Train the Trainers is aimed at existing award holders wishing to develop their skills and knowledge for developing the generic skills of teaching mountaineering activities.

This course builds on current thinking and best practice drawn from experienced practitioners, observations made by Mountain Training (MT) moderators and from courses already tested in the Republic of Ireland. The specialist content brings together all this information, plus the observations made when visiting walking and climbing awards being delivered across Britain, as well as from the UIAA international advisers. Attendees need to hold at least one of the national awards, and whilst experience in delivering skills courses will be an advantage, it is not a pre-requisite.

This will be a valuable experience should individuals subsequently apply for approval as course directors, but no judgement will be made about their abilities at this event.

Focus for the course:

  • Training for the delivery of MT and other schemes

  • Theoretical elements in the context of their applicability to delivery of MT and other schemes

  • To share experience with peers

  • Opportunity to try and experiment with new ideas

Attendee led sessions

The course is designed to provide you with the chance to develop your teaching style and gain some valuable feedback from your peers. We will use aspects of Mountain Training Schemes for this on both days.

On day two you will be delivering practical sessions to mock students. These sessions will be on the hill. They will be followed by feedback.

Scheme handbooks including syllabi can be downloaded from www.mountain-training.org

Course Content

Learning Outcomes for the weekend

  • Be made aware of the variety of learning and teaching styles

  • Understand how to structure appropriate indoor and outdoor teaching sessions or course programs

  • Appreciate how to negotiate an action plan with students for them to undertake

  • Develop an awareness of reflective practise in own teaching style

Content to be include:

  • Learning styles

  • Teaching methods

  • Planning and structure of sessions

  • Feedback / reviewing / action planning



  • Introduction

  • Aims & Objectives

  • How people learn

  • Communication

  • Action planning

  • Giving and receiving feedback and reflective practice

  • Planning Sessions & Courses

  • Attendee planning for following day


  • Introduction

  • Attendees lead practical sessions for mock students

  • Course review

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

Outside looking inwards


Working with Spike and Dave Rudkin.
Very interesting working in small groups with other people watching you teach and give you constructive feedback/criticism in a variety of situations.
Intrinsic/Extrinsic learning and reviewing.
Helps to develop and open your mind to new or different processes.
Awesome! Get on it

Great CPD

Alun Hughes

With six participants and two trainers we were able to disseminate between us a wealth of experience. I would recommend attending this workshop to anybody thinking about delivering a Mountain Training course, irrespective at what level it is.

Quality Informative Course

Ryan Stamp

I attended the above course this weekend, I gave my feedback on the written feedback sheet that Spike gave out after the course.

I would just like to reiterate that I found the course very enjoyable, informative. The course content was excellent with the director and tutor (Mike & Spike) allowing the students to share ideas and working practices with eachother. The course was very student led which for the course and it's participants.

In the precess of the course, day 2 was a teaching day with mock students. The group that I worked with had a trainee from PYB as thier student, her name was Hannah.

Hannah gave some feedback on the sessions at the end of the day, however in the review process at the end of the day I would have liked some more detailed feedback from Hannah on my lesson with her.

Thanks for a great weekend.


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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