Single Pitch Award

Overview

This award is all about supervising safe climbing and abseiling sessions on single pitch crags. Whether you’re a parent, a volunteer or an outdoor centre instructor, the Single Pitch Award has been designed to maintain high standards of supervision so that people can enjoy safe sessions in this increasingly popular sport.


What it’s all about?

Single Pitch Award holders should be competent in the following key areas, all of which will be covered, to a greater or lesser extent, during your training course.

  • Technical Competence (including equipment, anchors, belaying, abseiling, personal climbing skills, background knowledge
  • The Climbing Environment (including access, conservation, etiquitte)
  • Supervision (including organisation, group management, supervising the session, personal safety and children and vulnerable persons)

Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Single Pitch Award Handbook and the onus is on you to be competent in all of them by the time you come to assessment

Each area of the syllabus will be covered in detail empowering you to get out and feel confident that you can deliver a safe, enjoyable experience for a wide range of participants.

There are four stages in the scheme;

  1. Attend a two day training course
  2. Complete a consolidation period to increase your experience and knowledge.
  3. Attend and complete a two day assessment course.
  4. Continue to stay current and up to date

Prerequisites and Registration

If you wish to attend a Single Pitch Award course you need to register with Mountain Training. The registration is a one-off cost which gives you access to the Single Pitch Award.

The prerequisites for registration are as follows:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You should have at least 12 months of rock climbing experience
  • You should have an interest in supervising novice climbing groups
  • You must be a member of a mountaineering council: BMC, Mountaineering Scotland or Mountaineering Ireland (you can join one when you register if you’re not already a member)

If you can tick all of the above boxes, here’s what to do next:

  1. Create an account on our Candidate Management System or log in if you already have one.
  2. Register for the Single Pitch Award scheme (this costs £44)

If you are uncertain or would like to discuss any aspect of this then please get in touch and we will be able to offer advice and guidance. We strongly advise you to read the syllabus prior to attending the course. There are also a series of FAQ’s on Mountain Trainings website.

Training Course Details

Non-Residential Cost £150.00

Two day Single Pitch Award Training course based at two suitable crags and a climbing Wall. It covers all aspects of the syllabus as set out in the handbook and delivered by our team of passionate and professional instructors, who are all experienced in the delivery of the course but also working within the scope of the scheme.

Residential Cost
We do not organise residential options for our climbing courses but if you need advice for local venues please get in touch

Course Program
The program will normally follow this format but changes may be made to make the best use of venues and weather conditions.

Please ensure you have all your kit ready to go. Don’t forget you need to have organized lunch.

DayMorningDaytimeEvening
1Start 9am
Introductions
Personal Skills and technical knowledge Equipment and its use Legal ResponsibilitiesClimbing Wall Use
2Start 9am
Risk Assessments
Working With Groups Problem Avoidance
Debriefs

Course Close
We will aim to finish by 6pm on the final day to allow time for people to travel home.

Kit List
You will need the following items for the course…

  • oHarness
  • oRock Shoes
  • oBelay device and Karabiner
  • oHelmet
  • oLead climbing rope and rack

N.B. A full kit list will be provided when you book your course.

Assessment Course Details

Non-Residential Cost £150.00

Two day Single Pitch Award Training course based at two suitable crags and a climbing Wall. Assessment and further training as appropriate as set out by the syllabus.

Before you book onto a Single Pitch Award assessment, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must have attended a Single Pitch Award training course or been granted exemption
  • You must have logged a minimum of 40 lead climbs, outdoors on leader-placed protection (a substantial number of these must be at least Severe grade at on a variety of rock types)
  • You must be proficient in the use of climbing walls
  • You must have assisted in the supervision of approximately 20 instructed sessions at a variety of locations, some outside and some inside (a session is a half day or evening)
  • You must hold a current first aid certificate, minimum 16 hours and relevant to your work as a Single Pitch Award holder

The Single Pitch Award assessment is 2 days long (approx. 20 hours).

Residential Cost
We do not organise residential options for our climbing courses but if you need advice for local venues please get in touch

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