This qualification is all about taking people climbing and abseiling on single pitch crags and artificial structures. Whether you’re a parent, a volunteer or an outdoor centre instructor, the Rock Climbing Instructor qualification trains and assesses experienced rock climbers to instruct climbing.
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 sport climbing and have a minimum of 10 sport 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. (For guidance see question 3 in the DLOG section on this page.)
- 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.
Rock Climbing Instructor assessment is 2 days long.
Helpful Mountain Leader links
Rock Climbing Instructor frequently asked questions
Rock Climbing Instructor handbook
Rock Climbing Instructor skills checklist
Following the assessment, the course director will complete a course report on CMS which will record one of three possible results:
Pass: awarded where the candidate has demonstrated appropriate knowledge and application of the course syllabus and has shown the necessary experience and attributes of a Rock Climbing Instructor.
Defer: awarded where the candidate has generally performed well and has shown the necessary experience and attributes, but where complete proficiency has not been attained in certain aspects of the syllabus or where a lack of experience has been identified.
Fail: awarded where the candidate’s performance has been generally weak, or the necessary experience and attributes have not been shown. A complete assessment course will need to be subsequently attended.
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: https://www.mountain-training.org/help/resources/support-for-people-with-additional-needs
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 inspiring, sound, safe instructors.
As assessors, we are also continually learning; even though we have been fully qualified Mountain Instructors for many years we are still open to new ideas.
We really understand assessment stress, each candidate reacts differently to being assessed. We try and find what works for you and seek after your best performance.
This is our aim!
We want you to show us the best of yourselves. Our aim is for you to relax and show us that you are able to be safe, good, motivating, and enthusiastic instructors.
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.
We find many of the skills and knowledge candidates develop through training and the consolidation period are deepened during the assessment course.
We run the Rock Climbing Instructor courses as non-residential. That way we can meet candidates at the crag and spend more time at the venue. Please see this link for suggestions of accommodation.
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 Instructor assessment
We meet at 8:30 am on the morning of the first day and then journey to a crag (venue arranged around the weather)
We usually cover the group use of crags on day one. However, we do sometimes ask candidates to lead climb on both days.
Evening of day 1
We visit the indoor wall for the evening.
We meet at 9 am at a different crag venue.
We tend to cover personal lead climbing and then allow time to go over any skills that need further time.
Results, Debriefs and course review and finished by 5 pm.
Monday 28th & Tues 29th March
Friday 27th & Saturday 28th May
Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th June
Thursday 29th & Friday 30th September
Monday 7th & Tuesday 8th November
Rock Climbing Instructor assessment course cost £215
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.
How to book
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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.
Thank you for creating a fun, relaxed, yet professional environment for my RCI assessment last week. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would recommend Climb365 to anyone. I look forward to taking more courses with you in the future, Chelsey.
I just wanted give you some feedback about the assessment last week. I thought it was run really well, I felt at ease from the start of day one which I think really helped me to give my best performance. I think that was key throughout the week really and it’s something that definitely helped everyone else too. It made it feel like a few days on the hills learning and practising rather than constantly feeling like I was being assessed. Thanks for a great week!”
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!