Climbing Wall Instructor


The Climbing Wall Instructor qualification 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 and Top Roping Module (often run in conjunction with Climbing Wall Instructor training and assessment courses) which is all about supervising abseiling on artificial structures.

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

What it’s all about?

Climbing Wall 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, personal skills and background knowledge)
  • Management and Decision Making (including planning, managing participants, decision making, knowledge and demonstation of techniques and managing other staff)
  • Teaching and Learning Skills
  • The Climbing Environment (including access, etiquette and ethics)

Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Climbing Wall Instructor handbook (which is currently being developed) 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.

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 Instructor 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) – find out why

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

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.

Before you attend a Climbing Wall Instructor training course, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must be registered on the scheme.
  • You must have recorded visits to 3 different climbing walls on at least 15 different occasions; this must include at least one major public wall.
  • You must have led 10 routes at Fr4 on walls.
  • You must have an understanding of the wider sport of climbing.

Climbing Wall Instructor training lasts for 2 days

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. the cost of this is £20.00

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 Instructor assessment based at an appropriate wall. Assessment and further training as appropriate as set out by the syllabus.

Before you attend a Climbing Wall Instructor assessment, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You must have attended a Climbing Wall Instructor (or 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 on 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. At least five of these sessions must have personal reflective comments recorded on DLOG.
  • You must hold a current first aid certificate, minimum 8 hours and relevant to your work as a Climbing Wall Instructor

The Climbing Wall Instructor 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