You'll be assessed on all aspects of rock climbing and mountaineering in summer conditions, in the UK and Ireland over five days. You'll need to demonstrate the skills, judgement and decision making covered in the Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Award Syllabus to a team of assessors.
To be successful, you'll demonstrate that you have the skills, judgement and decision making covered in the Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Award Syllabus.
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
The five day programme will be arranged to take account of weather and other considerations, in such a way as to satisfy the spirit and detail of the Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Award syllabus.
Generally the course is run on the following lines
Day One: Taking People Climbing
Day One Evening: Theory Paper
Day Two:Problem solving and improvised rescue
Day Two evening: Presentation
Day Three: Mountaineering Day
Day Four: Teaching Climbing
Day Five: Navigation
Prior to booking the assessment, you must have;
Attended a Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Award training course
Be familiar with the syllabus Logged a minimum of 20 multi pitch climbs at VS 4c or above (since MIA training), a large proportion of which should be on mountain crags and major sea cliffs
Logged a minimum of 20 quality mountain days in sole charge of a group (since training)
Logged a minimum of 20 rock climbing teaching days with students (since training)
A reference from a referee
A valid first aid certificate.
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.
We want to help you to achieve your goals so comfortable accommodation (with WIFI included) and home-cooked food are part of the deal if you've booked accommodation with us - you don't need to think about sorting this out for yourself. We'll can also a arrange station pick up & drop off if you're travelling by train.
As this is an assessment, you're expected to be self-sufficient for equipment (access to our extensive range is the norm on our courses for future reference). All ropes used will be supplied by Plas y Brenin. Your mock students can borrow technical equipment from our kit store on the Teaching Climbing day.
You should be practised, competent and familiar with all aspects of the Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Award Syllabus. You should also complete the Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Award Preparation Paper. You should prepare a 10-minute lecture, of your choice, on an historical or technical topic related to mountaineering or rock climbing. In most cases, you'll deliver this to other assessment candidates so it should be pitched at a level that's informative and interesting to this peer group. If you're planning a PowerPoint presentation, you'll need to bring your own laptop and know how to set up and operate this with a multimedia projector.