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  Rock Climbing Instructor Training


Peak District


£215 per person


3 days

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The Rock Climbing Instructor award is the nationally recognised award that covers the skills required to safely supervise groups in the single pitch crag environment and climbing walls.

In Apr 2018 the award changed its name from Single Pitch Award to Rock Climbing Instructor in alignment with the renaming of the other climbing awards administered by Mountain Training. The award is very similar and assessment is almost identical to the SPA. Candidates who hold SPA training need no conversion to be assessed under the new award name.

The course is suitable for climbers 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, demonstrating rock climbing good practice.

At the end of the course you will receive detailed feedback on any areas that you may need to improve on together with an action plan and a realistic timetable to assessment.

Course Dates
Following the Government announcement on 28 May we are now making a phased reopening. Private individual and small group bookings are now available.  We are expecting to be able to run Mountain Training courses from July.

Wed 15 – Fri 17 Jul
Sat 1 – Mon 3 Aug
Thu 3 – Sat 5 Sept
Fri 9 – Sun 11 Oct
Wed 18 – Fri 20 Nov

Bespoke Dates & Locations

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

Course Format

The course is largely practical in nature and will be spent at two different crags and an indoor wall.

A typical outline of the three days is:
Day 1 – Introductions, you, us, Mountain Training and the course. After some discussion on the climbing environment (access, organisations,etiquette, and environmental issues) we head out to a local crag. We look at personal skills in ascent and descent and the equipment that we use for this, group management and some of the soft skills useful for different types of groups.

Day 2 We spend a day at a local climbing wall to cover working in this different environment and the opportunities and challenges it presents.

Day 3 – We head to the crag and polish the skills learnt the previous day. We consider some typical scenarios of what might go wrong, the importance of avoidance but in extremis, how as a Rock Climbing Instructor you can solve them.

At the end of the course, we will give individual feedback and help you to develop an action plan, including a realistic date for assessment.

Meeting Point

We meet at 09:00 at The Sir William hotel in Grindleford. Grindleford has good bus and train links to Sheffield and a good train link to Manchester.


In addition to your normal climbing clothing (including waterproofs), you will need to bring your personal climbing equipment and food for the day. A suggested equipment checklist together with some tips and links to gear reviews is in the 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 Rock Climbing Instructor Training Joining Instructions

The Rock Climbing Instructor Award 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.


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 Hope Valley and we recommend The Sir William which offers BtE clients a discounted rate (code given on booking) and we often start courses from here. There are other local pubs, B&B’s and also YHA’s in the villages of Hathersage, Eyam and Castleton. Popular campsites include North Lees under Stanage Edge and Pindale Farm


Before attending a Rock Climbing Instructor training course, you must be registered on the RCI scheme and must have led at least 15 graded rock climbs with traditional protection, at least 15 climbing wall routes and at least 5 outdoor bolt protected sport climbs.


This is relatively straightforward and can be completed online at:
Here you can also find short videos explaining the award and other useful resources.

To register, you must be a member of a mountaineering council (eg British Mountaineering Council, Mountaineering Scotland).

Please note you must register with Mountain Training specifically for the RCI scheme, in addition to other awards you may have registered for.

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