Climbing Wall Award


The Climbing Wall Award trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to supervise climbers on purpose built artificial climbing walls and boulders. It is ideal for people who work at climbing walls or at venues with permanent or mobile climbing towers. There is also an optional Abseil Module (often run in conjunction with the Climbing Wall Award) which is all about supervising abseiling in climbing walls.

The Climbing Wall Award does not include the skills and techniques required to teach lead climbing.

What it’s all about?

Climbing Wall 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 The Climbing Wall Environment Supervision Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Climbing Wall 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 one day assessment course.
  4. Continue to stay current and up to date

Prerequisites and Registration

If you wish to attend a Climbing Wall Award course you need to register with Mountain Training. The registration is a one-off cost which gives you access to the Climbing Wall award and the Abseil Module.

The prerequisites for registration are as follows:

  • You must be at least 17 years old (18 at assessment)
  • You should have at least 6 months of experience of using a variety of climbing walls
  • You should have an interest in climbing and in supervising groups on climbing walls
  • 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:

  • Create an account on our Candidate Management System or log in if you already have one.
  • Register for the Climbing Wall 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 – £140.00

Two day Climbing Wall Award Training course is based at two appropriate Climbing Walls. 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.
On day one please ensure you have all your kit ready to go. Don’t forget you need to have organized lunch.

1Start 10am
Personal Skills and technical knowledge
Equipment and its use
Equipment and its use
Finish 6pm
2Leaders Equipment
Legal Responsibilities
Working With Groups
Problem Avoidance
Abseil Module (optional)

The Abseil module is optional so you will need to decide if you want to partake in the course as well.

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…

  • Harness
  • Rock Shoes
  • Belay device and Karabiner
  • Helmet
  • Lead climbing rope and quick draws

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

Assessment Course Details

Non-Residential Cost – £95.00

One day Climbing Wall Award assessment based at an appropriate wall. Assessment and further training as appropriate as set out by the syllabus.

Before you book onto a Climbing Wall Award assessment, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You must have attended a Climbing Wall Award training course (or have been granted exemption)
  • You must be familiar with the syllabus
  • You must have logged a minimum of 30 visits to at least three different climbing walls
  • You must have led a minimum of 40 climbs in indoor walls
  • You must be confident at climbing routes at Fr 4
  • You must have assisted in the supervision of at least 15 instructed sessions on at least two different walls including a large public facility in a variety of contexts
  • You must hold a current first aid certificate, minimum 8 hours and relevant to your work as a Climbing Wall Award holder

The Climbing Wall Award assessment is a minimum of 6 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

Dates / Availability

Can’t Find What You Want?

If you can’t find exactly what you want, get in touch. We can discuss your requirements and build a course around your needs! Give us a call on 07979 337751 or use our online enquiry form HERE