Mountain leader assessment course

Mountain leader assessment course

Mountain leader assessment course

Mountain leader assessment course

Mountain Leader Assessment course

Mountain Leader Assessment course

Why do your Mountain Leader Assessment course with Climb365

We base our courses in the heart of the Lake District fells and aim to spend as much time as possible on the mountains rather than in a classroom.
We see the assessment process as a continuous one where there is scope for learning and readjustment of ideas while being assessed.

We aim to give you as many opportunities as possible to showcase your skills and believe strongly in leaving space within the assessment process to show improvement in skill level. We hope that you will leave the assessment having improved your mountain leadership skills and having learnt and built upon your skills.

All our staff are highly qualified (Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor or Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor) and have many years’ experience in Mountain Leader courses as well as working with groups of young people in the outdoors.

The course will cover the Assessment syllabus of the Mountain Leader scheme and is Mountain Training recognised and approved.

We run our Mountain Leader assessment course with a 3-day, a 2-night expedition.

There will be practical, discussion-based or lecture sessions in the evenings and we shall review the home paper which you will have completed before attending the course.

The courses will start at 9.00 a.m on the first day and finish at tea time (around 4 pm) on the last day.

Our course accommodation is based at “Great Tower”, this is a dedicated training facility based near Windermere.

The building is part of Great Tower Scout and is a great building in lovely grounds just south of Bowness on Windermere. It’s a brilliant comfortable venue for our Mountain Leader training courses.

The accommodation is available from 4 pm on the evening before the course. This enables you to arrive and get settled in ready for the course to start the next morning.  The accommodation is self-catering and has a kitchen.

Candidate Requirements

Attended a Mountain Leader training course (or have been granted an exemption)
Be familiar with the syllabus.
Have completed and logged a minimum of 40 quality mountain days in at least three different upland areas.
Eight nights camping, three of which must be wild camping. Please see the scheme handbook for a wild camping definition.
Hold a current first aid certificate, minimum 16 hours and relevant to the work of a Mountain Leader.
It is not essential for candidates to hold a reference to complete the assessment.

This link will take you to the Mountain Training page where the syllabus is and checklists etc to help you whilst preparing for your assessment.

Course programme

Summer Mountain Leader assessment programme

Day 1

Meet at 9.00 am home paper and first-aid certificate.
Assessment of basic navigation and group leadership skills.
Evening: a review of the home paper.

Day 2

Security on steep ground.
Assessment of route choice over steep ground, party management, emergency rope use techniques and group leadership skills.
Emergency first aid scenarios.

Day 3

3-day 2-night expedition using 1:25000, 1:50000 and sometimes 1:40000 maps.
Day and night navigation.
We aim to assess:
use of compass and bearings, timing and pacing to estimate distance covered, contour interpretation, navigation techniques, night navigation, poor visibility navigation, camp craft, first aid emergency scenarios, group leadership, steep ground route choice and party management.

Day 4

Expedition continued.
Day and night navigation covering all or some of the aspects above.

Day 5

We aim to be back off the hill by lunchtime.
Individual debriefs and the final result.


We hope to be finished by 3 pm at the end of the course.

You will be expected to provide your own tent, stove and food for the expedition.

Monday 25th to Friday 29th November
Monday 2nd  to Friday 6th December

Monday 23rd to Friday 27th March
Monday 13th to Friday 17th April
Monday 25th to Friday 29th May there is self-catering accommodation option on this course
Monday 27th to Friday 31st July
Monday 26th to Friday 30th October
Monday 7th to Friday 11th December

Total course cost is £400 non-residential for the 5-day course

Total course cost is £455 for the 5-day course

This includes self-catering accommodation on the Sun evening before the course starts on Monday morning. We use the centre for Monday and Tuesday and then leave for the expedition on Wednesday morning.

Wednesday and Thursday eve we are out wild camping on the Three-day, two-night expedition.

We normally do our debriefs in a cafe with a slap-up brunch breakfast.

You can simply book online and fill in the booking form all in one go.

We use world pay to make things safe and as easy as possible for you.

Once you have booked online, you will receive a confirmation email for your booking with all the arrangements for your activity.

If you would like to email or chat please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

For this course, you must be registered with the Moutain Training and fulfil the experience requirements of 20 quality mountain days.
The Moutain Training can be contacted on 01690 720314 or go to their website

Dear Stuart
Just a quick email to thank you very much for the Mountain Leader course this week. I thought the course was really excellent. Very well run in an enthusiastic, friendly and inclusive way. We covered a lot of ground (literally) in the week, and it was a great training course for the Mountain Leader Assessment. It was very thorough, including Night Nav and a 2-day Expedition, and it was all great fun, despite challenging weather conditions. Thanks all to the team: Paul, Bryan, Mark and yourself.

Steve, 2019
“Huge thanks to Stuart and Brian for an enjoyable, challenging ML assessment involving varied routes through spectacular scenery. I was most impressed by your knowledge, rigour and patience, and genuinely feel I learned as much from the experience as I did from my ML training. Couldn’t recommend Climb365 more, Jamie Hamilton, Scotland.
Jamie, Sept 2017
Thanks so much for last week. I enjoyed it so much, learnt loads and have once again been inspired by the mountains. Cheers for making it as relaxed as possible for an assessment! It makes a massive difference and people perform so much better when they feel comfortable. You certainly have a gift of making people feel at ease and helping people get the most from every opportunity. I will certainly recommend Climb365 to anyone and everyone 😊 Please pass on my thanks to Bob and Brian who were both fantastic instructors and made the experience really positive. And of course a big thanks to Fly for keeping us entertained and showing us the way! I look forward to using the qualification and I hope that I cross paths with climb 365 in the future. Thanks again Best wishes Sarah
Sarah Assessment June 2016
Hi Stuart, I just want to say a massive thank you to you, Brian and Bob. I had a great week despite the defer. I thought the way you explained it to me was very professional, and I felt pretty good after. You’re a great bloke. I will work hard over the next couple of months and be in touch soon. Thanks again.
Dan May 2016 Mountain Leader Assessment
Hi Stu, Firstly – thank you very much for a brilliant ML Course.
Assessments are always slightly nerve-racking, but you made the whole thing very laid back and put us all at ease. So…the good, the bad and the ugly!
The good – you immediately put me (and I think the others) at ease. When we were walking along you engaged us with conversation which was a brilliant way to look at how we would truly be with clients (rather than just focussing on the map and navigation). The accommodation was brilliant, having your own room at the end of the day is really nice; and it being quiet is also great.
The bad and the ugly – I honestly can’t think of anything negative to say. Alex had a more formal style but was equally engaging and he was really flexible and made the best of the day.
Rosie 2015 Mountain Leader Assessment