Climbing Wall Development Instructor


This qualification trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to teach lead climbing skills on indoor or outdoor artificial climbing walls and structures with fixed protection. It builds on the skills gained through either the Climbing Wall Instructor or Rock Climbing Instructor qualifications, one of which must be held in order to access the scheme.

What it’s all about?

Climbing Wall Development Instructors 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, belaying and personal skills)
  • Management and Decision Making (including planning, managing participants, decision making, knowledge and demonstration of techniques)
  • Teaching and Learning Skills
  • The Climbing Wall Environment (including access, etiquette and ethics)

Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Climbing Wall Development Instructor handbook and the onus is on you to be competent in all of them by the time you come to assessment – use the Skills Checklist below to help with this.

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 one 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

CWLA video by the BMC

Prerequisites and Registration

Registration for the Climbing Wall Leading Award is an application process, during which your experience of logged sessions as a Climbing Wall Award holder or Single Pitch Award holder, along with your personal indoor climbing experience, is taken into account.

  • You must have an up to date logbook (preferably DLOG) with evidence of the following:
    • 50 lead routes.
    • Climbed at 3 different major climbing walls.
    • Belayed a lead climber 50 times.
    • 25 lead routes at grade F6a on indoor climbing walls.
    • 20 supervising sessions after passing either Climbing Wall Instructor or Rock Climbing Instructor qualifications. At least 5 of these sessions must have personal reflective comments recorded on DLOG.

    Training typically lasts for one day (minimum 8 hours contact time).

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

  • Log in to the Candidate Management System
  • Register for the Climbing Wall Leading Award scheme (this costs £45)


Training Course Details

Non-Residential Cost – £100.00

One day Climbing Wall Development Instructor Training course based around the Black Mountains. 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

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

1Start 10am
Personal Skills and technical knowledge
Teaching progressions
Risk Assessments and Legal Responsibilities
Problem Avoidance

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 – £100.00

One day Climbing Wall Leading 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 Leading Award assessment, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must have attended a Climbing Wall Leading Award training course (or have been granted exemption)
  • You must be familiar with the syllabus
  • You must have logged a minimum of 100 different lead climbs, at least half of which must be a grade of French 6a or above
  • You must have assisted or observed at least 5 teaching leading sessions delivered by a suitably qualified person
  • 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 Leading 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