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Mountaineering Instructor Award Assessment

Qualification Level - 5 days

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The cost for this course includes full board accommodation, course transport and equipment hire.
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The cost for this course includes, packed lunch, afternoon tea & cake, course transport and equipment hire.
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This five day assessment course will assess candidates to be Mountaineering Instructors in the UK under summer conditions. During the five days you will be assessed on all aspects of the MIA syllabus by a panel of at least three assessors. At the end of the week the assessment team’s observations of individual candidates are discussed and a result is reached.

 

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Is It For Me?

You should allow a minimum of twelve months between your MIA training course and your assessment. In exceptional circumstances you can apply for exemption from this consolidation period by applying to MTUK.  It should be noted that under no circumstances will candidates be allowed to progress from training to assessment in under three months.

Please familiarise yourself with the Mountaineering Instructor Scheme Prospectus, Syllabus and Guidance Notes 2002 published by MTUK. These guidance notes give a good breakdown of the assessment pre-requirements and what the assessors are looking for during the assessment. It is strongly recommended you read them.

Please ensure you bring your logbook and it is up to date along with a current and valid first aid certificate.

The Mountaineering Instructor Scheme Prospectus, Syllabus and Guidance Notes 2002 gives full details of the pre-requirements but in summary you should have as an ABSOLUTE minimum:

  • 40 QMDs as a leader in sole charge of a group.
  • 20 Rock climbing teaching days with students (guidance notes are not specific as to whether single or multi-pitch but having a mix would be useful regarding your own experience).
  • 50 multi-pitch VS 4c or above climbs, of which a large proportion should be on mountain crags or major sea cliffs.
  • A valid First Aid Certificate (not presenting one will mean you will be deferred).
  • A reference from a referee.
  • A broad working knowledge of all aspects of mountains and mountaineering, including the environment and mountaineering history, ethics and traditions.

Course Aims

This five day assessment course will assess candidates to be Mountaineering Instructors in the UK under summer conditions. During the five days you will be assessed on all aspects of the MIA syllabus by a panel of at least three assessors (including the Director of assessment). At the end of the week the assessment team’s observations of individual candidates are discussed and a result is reached.

Course Content

Your home theory paper can be downloaded below, is a home study paper and should be completed and brought along to your assessment.

Lecturettes

As part of the assessment you will be expected to prepare, present and answer questions on a mountain related topic of your choice. This lecturette should last no more than 15 minutes with 10 minutes for questions. We have access to Powerpoint via overhead projectors (put your talk on a memory stick or disc), electronic white board, flip charts and OHPs. If you require anything else please ask prior to turning up for your assessment.

Please let us know your topic title in advance by contacting Glenmore Lodge – it should be something of interest to expand the knowledge of the rest of the group and should be mountain related. It should not be, for example, what I did on my holidays slide show!

The programme outline below is for guidance only. Circumstances may dictate that the programme be changed at short notice.

During the assessment week Days 1 and 2 might be switched depending on prevailing weather conditions. Days 3 and 4 will be the client days but again the order might be switched about depending on weather etc. It is expected that you will have the same two clients for your two client days.

*Please note that environmental input is expected throughout the assessment.

What Will I Need?

It is expected that at this level you will use your own personal clothing, group saftey and climbing equipment including rack and harness etc. Glenmore Lodge will supply all ropes and any additional equipment you or your clients might need on the teaching days.

 

Course Documentation

Course Pre-Requisites

Completed MIA training course, completed logbook. current first aid certificate.

What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • Use of kit
  • Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
  • Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • In-course transport

What’s included if you choose the residential option – As above PLUS

  • Bed in shared en-suite room – available from 3pm on day before your course starts *

(Single rooms may be available for a supplementary charge, please ask at reception when you arrive)

  • Breakfast and dinner for each course day
  • Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge
  • Linen is provided along with a towel, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities or are on a paddlesport course

Arriving at Glenmore Lodge

  • For more information on travel to the Lodge click here
  • Your first inclusive meal is breakfast (7:45 -8:30am) An evening meal is not provided on your arrival night, but bar meals are available in our Lochain bar 5pm to 9pm (5-7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Packed lunches are collected at breakfast
  • On Mondays and Saturdays only there will be a 10 minute welcome talk at 8.15am, on other days you will meet your instructor at 9am. The daily programme of your course will be discussed with your instructor when you first meet, taking into account aspirations and prevailing weather conditions

On your last day

  • Check out time is 10am on the final day of your booking, we have changing areas, showers and left luggage facilities on site
  • All courses will finish by 5pm
  • On Fridays and Sundays we offer a drop off to Aviemore station, leaving Glenmore Lodge at 5pm, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to book this service

*some exceptions – see detailed course notes

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check our FAQ’s here or contact us on enquiries@glenmorelodge.org.uk or 01479 861256

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We are happy to create it for you. You can hire one of our instructors or guides from as little as £260 a day, including any equipment. If you’re a group, all of our courses are available on a date that suits you or if you would prefer we can tailor a course to your requirements. Simply give us a call to discuss your requirements.