News 2018

 

 

 

Title:  Relaunch of revised Climbing Awards
Date:  31/03/2018

Press Release

 

Mountain Training relaunches climbing qualifications

 

2nd April 2018

 

Recognising the evolving landscape of climbing, nearly three years ago Mountain Training embarked on a review of its climbing qualifications to determine whether they were fit to serve the needs of the outdoor sector into the 2020s and beyond.

 

After a thorough review, Mountain Training has revised and renamed seven of its qualifications and has agreed to launch two new qualifications and a rock skills scheme. The changes reflect the evolution of the activity and its increasing popularity in the UK and Ireland and this first phase of implementation involves relaunching seven existing qualifications on 2nd April.

 

New names

Four of the qualifications are being renamed to help the wider public understand their role:

 

Climbing Wall Instructor – formerly Climbing Wall Award

Climbing Wall Instructor Abseil Module – formerly Climbing Wall Award Abseil Module

Rock Climbing Instructor – formerly Single Pitch Award

Climbing Wall Development Instructor – formerly Climbing Wall Leading Award

 

Foundation Coach, Development Coach and Mountaineering Instructor Award will keep their names, with a further review of the Mountaineering Instructor scheme taking place in due course.

 

New prerequisites

Personal experience is crucial to all of our qualifications and each stage (registration, training, assessment) has an agreed list of prerequisites which candidates must meet in order to maintain the standard and maximise learning. The prerequisites for all seven schemes were reviewed and some have been amended in response to the research findings and the way people use our qualifications.

 

Full details can be found on the website and in the new candidate handbooks (links below).

 

New syllabi and guidance

The syllabus for each qualification was reviewed and all of them have been updated to include new syllabus points and standardise the language. To accompany the new syllabi we have rewritten the guidance notes for candidates, trainers and assessors with the addition of ‘Key Practice Points’ for each syllabus section.

 

The qualifications in a nutshell

Climbing Wall Instructor

Trains and assesses climbers to instruct climbing on purpose build artificial climbing walls and boulders.

 

Climbing Wall Instructor Abseil Module

An optional module to equip Climbing Wall Instructors with the skills required to manage abseiling and top-roping sessions on purpose build artificial climbing walls and towers.

 

Rock Climbing Instructor

Trains and assesses experienced rock climbers to instruct climbing on single pitch crags and artificial climbing walls and towers.

 

Climbing Wall Development Instructor

A higher level of qualification for Climbing Wall or Rock Climbing Instructors wishing to teach advanced indoor climbing techniques including lead climbing on artificial climbing walls and structures with fixed protection.

 

Foundation Coach

Trains and assesses climbers to coach the fundamental movement skills of climbing to a group of individuals.

 

Development Coach

Builds on the skills gained through the Foundation Coach qualification to focus on the development of climbers over a series of sessions.

 

Mountaineering Instructor Award

Trains and assesses experienced Mountain Leaders who are also climbers to instruct mountaineering, rock climbing and scrambling.

 

For more information visit www.mountain-training.org.

 

 

Additional information can be found on the following pages:

 

News item:

http://www.mountain-training.org/latest-news/climbing-qualifications-relaunch

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

http://www.mountain-training.org/climbing/climbing-awards-review-faqs

 

Climbing Wall Instructor

Webpage: http://www.mountain-training.org/climbing/awards/climbing-wall-instructor

Handbook: http://www.mountain-training.org/Content/Uploaded/Downloads/MLT/0d95c12a-1ac8-4e33-83e9-c452c14a01bc.pdf

 

Climbing Wall Instructor Abseil Module

Webpage: http://www.mountain-training.org/climbing/awards/climbing-wall-instructor/abseil-module

Handbook: http://www.mountain-training.org/Content/Uploaded/Downloads/MLT/0d95c12a-1ac8-4e33-83e9-c452c14a01bc.pdf

 

Rock Climbing Instructor

Webpage:http://www.mountain-training.org/climbing/awards/rock-climbing-instructor

Handbook: http://www.mountain-training.org/Content/Uploaded/Downloads/MLT/621e9e21-4334-43eb-9f37-f0a2e155f5a3.pdf

 

Climbing Wall Development Instructor

Webpage: http://www.mountain-training.org/climbing/awards/climbing-wall-development-instructor

Handbook: http://www.mountain-training.org/Content/Uploaded/Downloads/MLT/09f276f3-f76d-45c7-b7d2-4e344ed6cadf.pdf

 

Foundation Coach

Webpage: http://www.mountain-training.org/climbing/awards/coaching-scheme/foundation-coach

Handbook: http://www.mountain-training.org/Content/Uploaded/Downloads/MLT/51e91d7b-5518-4a9d-a211-94f1e2625b83.pdf

 

Development Coach

Webpage: http://www.mountain-training.org/climbing/awards/coaching-scheme/development-coach

Handbook: http://www.mountain-training.org/Content/Uploaded/Downloads/MLT/51e91d7b-5518-4a9d-a211-94f1e2625b83.pdf

 

For more information please email info@mountain-training.org

 

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