Mountain Training courses

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

Rock Climbing Development Instructor

Rock Climbing Development Instructor training course

What is the Rock Climbing Development Instructor?

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.

Scope of the Scheme
A qualified Rock Climbing Development Instructor can:
Develop individuals to lead rock climbs in a single pitch environment using leader placed (traditional climbing) and equipped (sport climbing) protection.

A qualified Rock Climbing Development Instructor can operate on:
Single pitch trad and sport crags.
Indoor and outdoor bouldering venues.
Climbing walls & towers.

The scheme does not cover:
General mountaineering.
Multi-pitch rock climbing.
Access to tidal sea cliffs or any other location where the retreat is not easily possible.

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

We have been a provider of Rock Climbing Instructor and Mountain Leader courses for many years 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 my 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.  Running sessions for scouts, schools, young families, beginner climbers, teaching leading and rigging to university students, adult groups, etc. This allows us to stay current and continually assess our course delivery.

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 be the best that we can be.

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.

Mountain Training registration before attending a Rock Climbing Development Instructor course

Stages in the scheme

Registration prerequisites:

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.

Once your experience is recorded in DLOG you are required to;

  • Register for the Rock Climbing Development Instructor scheme through CMS. Registration incurs a non-refundable fee.
  • 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 fulfill the experience requirements and your registration application will be held open until your successful registration.

Training prerequisites:

  • You must be registered on the scheme.
  • You will not be able to book onto a training course until your registration has been approved by Mountain Training.

Consolidation period

During the period between training and assessment, you are expected to reflect upon and evaluate your skills and techniques in preparation for assessment. You should seek a wide variety of quality experiences to help you achieve this. Undertaking or observing only similar sessions to those experienced before training is unlikely to be the best way to consolidate the new skills and techniques learned.

The Mountain Training Association provides workshops to support the candidate journey for trainees and qualified instructors.

Mountain Training has provided a self-assessment skills checklist for this scheme to assist you in completing any action plan discussed with the training course director.

See below for the minimum requirements for assessment. It is expected that the consolidation period will take in excess of 12 months.

Assessment prerequisites

Post-training and before presenting yourself for assessment:

  • You must have logged a minimum of 10 rock climbing teaching days with students at a variety of outdoor venues.
  • You must have led a minimum of 30 single pitch routes using leader placed protection in three different climbing areas at VS 4c or above and recorded 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 30 sport climbs in three different climbing areas at 6a or above and recorded them in DLOG. Up to 50% of this experience can be outside the UK and Ireland.
  • You must have physically attended and completed (i.e. not online) a first aid course which involved at least two full days or sixteen hours of instruction and included an element of assessment.

Mountain Training resources:

Please follow this link to the Mountain Training resources page for the Rock Climbing Development Instructor scheme. You can also access this through your Mountain Training account page in your Dlog.

The BMC also has an array of useful resources to utilise, these are just two but there are many more when you get looking through the website:

Access & conservation        Video resources

Reasonable Adjustments

To ensure candidates have unimpeded access and equal opportunities to attend Mountain Training courses. Mountain Training aims to ensure its qualifications are accessible to all individuals capable of demonstrating their leadership competence.
If this is something you wish to find out more about please follow this link

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

Monday 1st to Thursday 4th June

Monday 6th to Thursday 9th July

Rock Climbing Development Instructor training course cost £400

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

How to book

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 course.

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

Course notes

Further info to follow: