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 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 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 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 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.
This is just the beginning..
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 Instructor Award Syllabus. You should also complete the Mountaineering 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.