Indoor Climbing Assistant Training and Assessment

The Indoor Climbing Assistant award is a nationally recognised qualification for people interested in supporting qualified instructors with climbing sessions on purpose-built artificial walls and boulders.

This is a one day combined training and assessment course.

Who is it for?

Anyone interested in assisting with core tasks during a climbing session. It is aimed at parents, youth workers, young leaders and teachers who would like to take a more active role in climbing sessions. The minimum age for this course is 16, so it is a good starting point for young leaders who would like to undertake their Climbing Wall Instructor in the future.

As an Indoor Climbing Assistant you will not be qualified to manage groups independently (for that, see Climbing Wall Instructor).

Indoor Climbing Assistant Course Overview

The course will look at the following:

  • The specifics of the climbing wall environment
  • Equipment use and checks
  • Warming up and cooling down
  • Bouldering safe practice
  • Roped climbing safe practice
  • Movement coaching
  • Teaching belaying
  • How to structure a session

You will find more information on the scope of the course in the candidate handbook here.

Indoor Climbing Assistant Course Format

This is a practical course and we’ll spend a lot of time in the climbing wall.

The course begins at 10am with introductions (us, you, the award) and a discussion about your roles and responsibilities as an Indoor Climbing Assistant. From here we’ll head out into the climbing wall to explore safe use, etiquette and other users. Next we’ll cover equipment, including when to use what, checking climbing kit and how to correctly size it to an individual.

After the basics, it’s time to get into the format of running a climbing session, from warm ups through to bouldering, roped climbing and supervising novice belayers.

Towards the end of the day, we’ll look ahead to how you can progress from the award. Before you leave we’ll have individual debriefs where you can ask questions or discuss any points with your trainer.

You will be ready to depart at 17:00.

Course Details

  • Location: Sheffield
  • Cost: £95
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Ratio: 1:6
  • Level: Instructor
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More Information

  • Course Dates
  • Bespoke Dates and Locations

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

  • Meeting Point

    Our Indoor Climbing Assistant course meets at 10:00 at the Foundry Climbing Centre in Sheffield.

  • Equipment Required

    In addition to your normal climbing clothing, you will need to bring your personal climbing equipment and food for the day. A full equipment checklist together with a lot of useful links, recommended reading and other useful information is included in the course joining instructions.

  • Recommended Reading

    We give some suggestions below, but more detailed suggestions together with a host of helpful links and videos are contained in our Climbing Wall Instructor Instructor Training Joining Instructions

    The Indoor Climbing Assistant handbook contains all the details of the syllabus and the remit of the award.

    The official handbook of Mountain Training’s climbing schemes is:
    Rock Climbing essential skills & techniques. Libby Peter.

    The BMC have a range of useful articles and a dedicated video site BMC TV covering a range of climbing issues.

    Mountain Training also have a YouTube channel which is here.

  • Eligibility

    You must be registered on the Indoor Climbing Assistant scheme before attending this course. This costs £20 and can be completed online at:

    You must be at least 16 years old.

    You must have experience in the basic skills (belaying, harness fitting, tying on).

    You must have an up to date logbook (preferably DLOG*) with evidence of:

    • 5 indoor climbing sessions. (There is no personal climbing requirement, you can just belay, but it is useful to have experience of climbing.)
    • Belayed on a minimum of 5 indoor climbing sessions.

    *Some answers to frequently asked DLOG questions can be found on the Mountain Training website here.

  • Accommodation Options

    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.


  • How do I book?

    The best way is via this webpage. Choose the date from the options on the above and then submit your booking and pay the deposit.

    For bespoke events get in touch first so we can check diaries and if required give you a quote. Get in touch by either calling the office on 01142 631 155 or emailing us.

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    You will find all of the most frequently asked questions and their answers on our FAQ webpage.

Course Details

  • Location: Sheffield
  • Cost: £95
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Ratio: 1:6
  • Level: Instructor
Select course date

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