Rock Climbing Instructor Assessment

Rock Climbing Instructor Assessment

 

Rock Climbing Instructor Assessment course

Rock Climbing Instructor Assessment course

Rock Climbing Instructor Assessment course details

Our Rock Climbing Instructor Assessment courses are another opportunity for you to learn. Whilst assessing, we are always chatting through ideas and offering tips to help you improve. We are looking for good, sound, safe instructors. We are looking for people to be at the Rock Climbing Instructor standard or above and with an open mind to learning.

As assessors, we are also continually learning and even though we have been fully qualified MIC instructors for many years we are still open to new ideas. Before you attend a Rock Climbing Instructor assessment, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must have attended a Rock Climbing Instructor (or Single Pitch Award) training course or been granted exemption from training.
  • You must be familiar with the syllabus.
  • You must be competently leading Severe grade climbs on outdoor crags with leader-placed protection.
    You must have led a minimum of 40 graded rock climbs with traditional protection at a variety of venues (of which at least 20 MUST be at Severe grade or above).
  • You must be proficient in the use of climbing walls and have a minimum of 30 climbing wall leads graded at F4 or above.
  • You must be proficient in outdoor bolt protected sports climbing and have a minimum of 10 sports climb leads graded at F4 or above.
  • You must have assisted in the supervision of 20 instructed sessions. These sessions should be at a variety of different venues with 10 being on indoor climbing walls and the other 10 on outdoor crags. A session is a half-day or evening. At least five of these sessions must have personal reflective comments recorded on DLOG.
  • You must hold a current first aid qualification which involved at least two days of training and an element of assessment.

So an ideal assessment goes something like this:

You are showing us that you meet the Rock Climbing Instructor requirements and are climbing well. We will endeavour to give you ideas to think through, move you on and hope that you come out of the assessment process with more ideas, a greater breadth of experience and feel encouraged to continue learning and maybe go onto the summer, winter Mountain Leader or Mountain & Climbing Instructor.
So what happens if things don’t go quite as planned?

We really understand Rock Climbing Instructor assessment stress. People react differently to being assessed. We try and find what works for you and seek after your best performance. In practical terms, this means that we try and coach and give you as many opportunities to see that you have an understanding of what’s required.

A quote from our assessment guidelines.
“Wherever possible, should a candidate not demonstrate the level required for Rock Climbing Instructor assessment we show them where they have gone wrong and give them an opportunity to prove that they have understood and learnt from the feedback and coaching. We endeavour to make opportunity on the 2nd day for you to demonstrate these learned skills.”

This is our aim! We want you to show us the best of yourselves. On a Rock Climbing Instructor assessment course, it’s easy to make little mistakes and not be clear. Our aim is for you to relax and show us that you are able to be a safe, good, motivating, encouraging instructor.

We believe in ongoing learning. We see the Rock Climbing Instructor assessment course as being another chance to learn from your peers and our coaching input; also to question the skills learnt on Rock Climbing Instructor training and to end the Rock Climbing Instructor assessment course with more working knowledge and applicable skills.

Rock Climbing Instructor Assessment

Day 1

We meet at 8:30 am on the morning of the first day and then journey to a crag (venue arranged around the weather)
Eve of day 1
We visit the indoor wall.

Day 2

We meet at 9 am at a different crag venue. Results, Debriefs and course review and finished by 5 pm.

Rock Climbing Instructor assessment course outline

Day 1

Group rigging and abseiling session.
Assessment of the skills taught and outlined on the Rock Climbing Instructor training page.
Our aim on an assessment is that candidates should prove that they can rig safely and efficiently, choose appropriate anchors, manage and encourage the group well and have a good understanding of what makes a fun and challenging group session.
We aim to offer as much opportunity as possible for sharing ideas between candidates and for further learning and instructor development.
Wherever possible, should a candidate not demonstrate the level required for Rock Climbing Instructor we show them where they have gone wrong and give them an opportunity on the second day to prove that they have understood and learnt from the previous day.

Evening climbing wall session.
Assessment of the skills outlined in the Rock Climbing Instructor training page. Peer coaching.

Day 2

Personal climbing
Assessment of the skills taught and outlined on the Rock Climbing Instructor training page.
Each candidate to lead climbs they feel comfortable on.
Candidates should lead up to the Severe level of confidence and rig safely at the top of the climb. They should be able to communicate clearly with the second and ensure that they get back to the ground safely. The weather might dictate that an easier route is climbed.

We aim to use at least two different climbing venues over the two days

2019
Mon 18th & Tues 19th November

2020
Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th April
Friday 12th & Saturday 13th June
Friday 7th & Saturday 8th August
Monday 21st & Tues 22nd September

Rock Climbing Instructor Assessment course cost £195

Note: Climb365 will pay your entry fee for the climbing wall.

We usually stop for a quick bite to eat between being on the hill and going to the wall.  To keep this short and sweet we usually pop into the Morrison’s cafe in Kendal.

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 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 Mountain Training and fulfil the experience requirements laid out by Mountain Training.
The Mountain Training can be contacted on 01690 720314 or go to their website www.mountain-training.org

Hi Stu, Josh here. I just wanted to drop you a message to say a massive thank you for my SPA assessment. It was really enjoyable and I learned so much during it!
Josh Oct 2014