Climbing Wall Development Instructor 
(Formerly Climbing Wall Leading Award)
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This  qualification trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to teach lead climbing skills on indoor or outdoor artificial climbing walls and structures with fixed protection in the UK & Ireland. It builds on the skills gained through either the Climbing Wall Instructor (formerly the Climbing Wall Award) or Rock Climbing Instructor (formerly the Single Pitch Award) qualifications, one of which must be held in order to access the scheme. 


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Download the Climbing Wall Development Instructor Overview Here


Download the Climbing Wall Development Instructor Handbook  Here

View the Climbing Wall Development Instructor Skills Check List Here


Registering for the Climbing Wall Development Instructor:

Before registering for the Climbing Wall Development Instructor candidates must:


·         Be at least 18 years old

·         Hold either a Climbing Wall Instructor (formerly Climbing Wall Award) or Rock Climbing Instructor (formerly Single Pitch Award)

·         Have led at least 50 routes

·         At least 25 of the above must be at grade F6a or above

·         Have climbed at at least 3 major indoor climbing walls

·         Have belayed a leader on at least 50 climbs

·         Have at least 20 supervising sessions post CWI(CWA)/RCI(SPA) qualification. At least 5 of these sessions must have personal reflective comments recorded in the Logbook.

·      Be a member of one of the three Mountaineering Councils; Mountaineering Ireland, the British Mountaineering Council or Mountaineering Scotland.








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