The Mountain Training Climbing Wall Instructor and Abseil course enables holders to supervise climbers on indoor and outdoor artificial bouldering venues and indoor and outdoor climbing walls. It is ideal for people who work at climbing walls or at venues with permanent or mobile climbing towers.

This award does not include the skills and techniques required to teach lead climbing. This course syllabus includes group management, bouldering, injury prevention, belaying techniques, personal climbing skills, coaching movement skills, equipment and climbing wall etiquette.


2 days (Non-residential)

Pre-course requirements include:

  • Be at least 17 years old (18 at assessment).
  • Have at least 6 months of experience of using a variety of climbing walls.
  • Have an interest in climbing and in supervising groups on climbing walls.
  • Be a member of a mountaineering council.
  • Be registered on the scheme.
  • Have recorded visits to 3 different climbing walls on at least 15 different occasions; this must include at least one major public wall.
  • Have led 10 routes at Fr 4 on walls.
  • Have an understanding of the wider sport of climbing.

Candidates must complete a Climbing Wall Instructor training course before attending an Abseil Module training course.


1 day

Pre-course requirements include:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have attended a Climbing Wall Instructor training course (or have been granted exemption).
  • Be familiar with the syllabus.
  • Have logged a minimum of 30 visits to at least three different climbing walls.
  • Have led a minimum of 40 climbs on climbing walls.
  • Be confident at leading routes at Fr 4.
  • 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.
  • Hold a current first aid certificate, minimum 8 hours and relevant to your work as a Climbing Wall Instructor holder.

Candidates must pass a Climbing Wall Instructor assessment course before attending an Abseil Module assessment course.

For dates, prices and booking information please visit the Awesome Walls website.

For further information about this award visit the Mountain Training website Climbing Wall Instructor and Abseil Module section.

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