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Mountain Training Climbing Wall Instructor Climbing Wall Instructor Assessment




£95 per person


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The Climbing Wall Instructor is the nationally recognised award that covers the skills required to safely supervise climbers on purpose built artificial walls and boulders.

We use some of the best walls in the UK, and, naturally for Beyond the Edge, some of the best and most experienced instructors in the UK.

Who is it for ?

The Climbing Wall Instructor assessment is for those who have already completed the two day CWI training course. The scheme is suitable for individuals who have a passion for climbing, and who want to work with groups in the outdoor sector, schools, or in the voluntary sector. It is also useful for individual climbers who want to expand their knowledge and become safer climbers.

Course Overview

The one day Climbing Wall Instructor assessment starts by looking at your personal climbing and then looks at your ability to supervise and teach others.

We use large commercial walls to give you the greatest variety of learning situations.

Course Dates

Tue 1 June Sheffield
Sun 27 June Sheffield
Sat 21 Aug Sheffield
Sat 30 Oct Stoke on Trent
Sun 31 Oct Sheffield

Bespoke Dates & Locations

If there are two or more of you that want assessment or training, or you would like some different dates or a specific location, please contact the office and we will arrange something to suit your diary.

Meeting Point

We meet at 10:00 at The Foundry climbing centre in Sheffield or for Stoke courses at 10:00 at Kilnworx.

Course Format

This one day Climbing Wall Instructor assessment looks at your competence to deliver safe and rewarding climbing sessions as well as demonstrating safe personal climbing. All aspects of the syllabus will be covered at some point over the assessment.
The abseil module is an additional assessment. If you wish to do this, it can be added on the same day at an additional cost.

A typical course looks like:

Introductions. You, us and the course. Following this and possibly a quick look at the home research paper, we will ask you to demonstrate your personal competency before moving onto demonstrating your ability to structure a session and manage a group in a variety of situations.

Whilst this is an assessment, we take every opportunity to develop your skills so that you come away ready to wow your first group with your skills, knowledge and enthusiasm.

Detailed guidance notes on the Climbing Wall Instructor syllabus and a skills check list are available here.

Equipment Required

In addition to your normal climbing clothing, you will need to bring any props or equipment that you would need to run a safe and inspiring climbing and abseiling session for a group. You will also require some money to pay for access to a climbing wall.

Recommended Reading

The Climbing Wall Instructor Handbook contains all the details of the syllabus and the remit of the award. This Handbook can be downloaded from the Mountain Training website.

The official handbook of the Mountain Training Climbing schemes is:
Rock Climbing essential skills & techniques. Libby Peter.
The BMC have a range of useful short videos and articles on a range of climbing issues.


This Beyond the Edge course is non-residential to allow you to select between a thermarest or 5 star hotel as you require. There is lots of accommodation in the Sheffield area to suit a range of budgets. Please contact the office if you would like any advice on accommodation.


Prior to attending the Climbing Wall Instructor assessment you must have:

  • Completed a training course or been granted exemption by Mountain Training.
  • 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 in indoor walls
  • Be confident at climbing routes at Fr4
  • 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.
  • Hold a valid 8 hour first aid certificate relevant to your work as a Climbing Wall Instructor.

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