Rock Climbing Development Instructor training

“To inspire, enable and develop people in walking, climbing and mountaineering through the provision of nationally and internationally recognised skills training and leadership qualifications.”

Mountain Training

Climb365 has been a registered provider of Mountain Training courses since 2006.

We provide the Mountain LeaderRock Climbing Instructor and the recently introduced Rock Climbing Development Instructor training and assessment courses.

In addition, Stuart works as one of a small team of regional moderators, quality-assuring and providing advice and support to other providers of Mountain Training courses.

Whilst moderating, Stuart meets a vast number of experienced providers and course directors, sharing up to date information and best practice.  Our courses reflect this level of experience, being rich in content, current best practice and are professionally delivered.

Rock Climbing Development Instructor training course

The Rock Climbing Development Instructor qualification is for experienced instructors wishing to develop a participant’s rock climbing proficiency. This development may extend to lead climbing.

A qualified Rock Climbing Development Instructor can operate on single pitch trad and sport crags, indoor and outdoor bouldering venues, climbing walls and towers.

Mountain Training registration

Registration for the Rock Climbing Development Instructor scheme is an application process and you need to meet the following prerequisites:

  • You must be a qualified Rock Climbing Instructor.
  • You must have delivered a minimum of 20 days as a Rock Climbing Instructor at a variety of venues and with a variety of groups, recorded in DLOG.
  • You must have led a minimum of 60 named single pitch routes using leader placed protection in three different climbing areas at VS 4c or above and logged them in DLOG. You may include full multi-pitch routes using leader placed protection (up to 50% of the requirement).
  • You must have led a minimum of 60 sport climbs in three different climbing areas at 6a or above and logged them in DLOG. Up to 50% of this experience can be outside the UK and Ireland.

If you can meet all of the above requirements, here’s what to do next:

  • Log in to our Candidate Management System
  • Register for the Rock Climbing Development Instructor scheme (this costs £59) – please note it can take up to 30 days for your registration to be approved.
  • Notify Mountain Training (via the ‘Send to Mountain Training’ button on the ‘Share’ tab in DLOG) that your DLOG is ready to be reviewed

A technical officer will then review your experience in DLOG and if it meets the minimum requirements, you will be notified by email that your registration on the scheme has been approved.

Applications with less than the minimum experience cannot be approved.

If your application is not successful, you will receive feedback on how best to fulfil the experience requirements and your registration application will be held open until your successful registration.

Helpful Rock Climbing Development Instructor links

Rock Climbing Development Instructor handbook

Rock Climbing Development Instructor skills checklist

Rock Climbing Development Instructor frequently asked questions

Bouldering guidance

Support for people with additional needs

Mountain Training is committed to ensuring that everyone has equal opportunity to attend our courses.

Leadership qualifications are equally open to all who can demonstrate their competency outlined in the scheme syllabus.

Please follow this link to read more info:

Why do your Rock Climbing Development Instructor training course with Climb365?

Climb365 has been a Mountain Training provider courses since 2006 and we draw on a wealth of experience.

Stuart Climb365The courses will be jointly delivered by Stuart Carter and John Kettle who is a registered course director.
Stuart is also a moderator for Mountain Training and brings great depth to the course and deeper knowledge of the range of schemes available within Mountain Training.

“I did my Mountain Leader training with Stu and Bryan at Climb365 and I couldn’t recommend them highly enough. Their knowledge and rapport with candidates was top class even when the weather was grim. I felt happy to be out and learning really useful skills.”……. Paul Tierney (Record Wainwright holder)

John is an extremely highly regarded coach and Mountain climbing Instructor and holds the Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor qualification.  John is also a provider of the

UK’s Coaching Awards and delivers nationally recognized CPD for coaches, and has also published a book on climbing technique.“What John has done for myjohnkettleclimbing.jpg climbing in just a couple of hours has completely revolutionized the way I think about moving on rock. I jumped literally two grades overnight and I now have a far deeper understanding of what really makes a skilled climber. If I were to think about all I’ve spent on climbing gear over the years then I’d consider a few sessions with John to be my wisest investment. Being coached by John is like being coached by Yoda” ……. Mike sport and trad climber, on his way from 6b to 7b

We bring to the course not only a vast level of training and coaching experience but we also run many actual sessions for real climbers, both new to lead climbing or progressing through the grades.

As a result of this, we deliver courses that are practical, simple and give you effective skills to develop your rock climbing sessions.

We have spent a lot of time analysing best practice and strive to for excellence throughout our courses.

We aim to deliver courses in a clear and thought-through style, that is progressive and structured and yet flexible enough to allow discussion and new ideas. We understand that candidates have different learning styles and we aim to deliver our courses to reflect this.


We run the Rock Climbing Development Instructor courses as non-residential. That way we can meet candidates at the crag and spend more time at the venue.

We do have a friendly dog on our courses called “fly”, if you do not like dog’s please let us know and we won’t bring him along.

Rock Climbing Development Instructor training course outline

The course will be delivered over 4 days and in an ideal world, we will run the program as below, of course, we might vary the plan to make the best of the weather.

Below is a guide to the programme but we will tailor the course to the applicants attending, whilst ensuring the syllabus is covered.

Day 1: Based indoors at a climbing wall.

Morning: Introduction to coaching theory, (Mosstons theory, how to teach),
Afternoon: practical, leading, clip-drop Pysch, soft catch belaying, good falling, bouldering, route reading.

Day2: Sport climbing

Personal skills am/teaching skills pm. warm-ups, equipping and stripping routes, managing lower-offs, redpointing, cows tails/clipping in hard.

Day 3: Trad rock climbing

Personal skills day – climbing competence, belays, pace, gear, ropework. Leading to inspire. Environmental awareness/crag impact.

Day 4: Teaching skills day

Teaching/supervising leading, teaching progressions, session planning, structuring delivery, problem avoidance/solutions


Fri 27th to Mon 30th August 2021

Rock Climbing Development Instructor training course cost £400

There will an entry fee for the climbing wall to pay on the day we use the wall.

How to book

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 course.

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

Course notes

Further info to follow: