International Mountain Leader Training Summer
  • Plas y Brenin
  • 5 Days
  • 4 People to 1 instructor

International Mountain Leader Training Summer

  • Hike
  • Mountaineering
  • Mountain Training Award


You want to be a Mountain Leader in Europe and further afield. This five day summer training course, based at Plas y Brenin, is your first step to achieving that. You'll have a mix of theory and practical sessions, covering a wide range of topics including; anatomy and physiology, legal liability, altitude, marketing, leadership, rope work, navigation, altimeters, and environmental considerations, as well as covering many other aspects of working with trekking groups in the mountains of the world. You'll also take an assessed, timed navigation test. You'll be learning from some of the best in their field who will also support you to develop an individual action plan (a key part of this course) to help you progress through the next three stages of the qualification. On completion of the summer IML training course, you can progress to the Summer assessment or the Winter training course, both of which are based in the European Alps. This gives you some flexibility to complete the courses most appropriate to you.

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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'll have completed comprehensive training and assessment making the first step towards working as a leader in Europe and further afield. You'll have gained the skills required for leading and educating groups worldwide in summer conditions.


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

You'll Follow the Itinerary Below

Day One

History of IML scheme/BAIML, Briefing for speed navigation test, Speed Navigation Test, Winter training introduction Environmental knowledge and awareness

Day Two

Water Hazards, Introduction to GPS/Technology overseas, Introduction to emergency rope work Mountain weather and climate

Day Three

Mountain Day Expedition Providers Association (EPA)

Day Four

Rope work and fixed equipment, Law and Insurance, Expedition Planning

Day Five

Altitude and Physiology Expedition planning presentations Keeping healthy on expeditions De-briefs Individual action plans – summer assessment and winter training

Experience Required

You should be 18 years old to attend this course. The scheme consists of the following stages:

  • Gain Mountain Leader qualification
  • Log 20 quality international summer mountain days
  • Log 20 quality UK or international winter mountain days
  • Register for International Mountain Leader qualification and have your registration approved
  • Attend IML Summer Training course which includes the IML Timed Navigation Test
  • At this stage candidates can choose to either progress to IML Summer Assessment, or IML Winter Training.

Please note candidates must have passed the IML Timed Navigation Test before attending the IML Summer Assessment. Gain further experience as required before assessment Pass IML Summer Assessment Attend IML Winter Training course before the final Winter IML Assessment, all candidates must have passed the Summer IML Assessment and completed at least 30 quality winter mountain days in total, of which a minimum of ten should be overseas. Pass IML Winter Assessment course and gain IML qualification

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
Course Schedule

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5 Days
Start Date
25th May, 2022
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5 Days
Start Date
17th October, 2022
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This course will help you become

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