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Mountaineering Instructor Certificate Training

Qualification Level - 5 days | Prices from £625.00

This award trains and assesses candidates in the skills required for the instruction of mountaineering, both summer and winter, including snow, ice and rock climbing. It builds upon the skills aquired in both the MIA and ML(W) awards, both of which candidates must hold to access the MIC scheme. The MIC is an extensively used professional award. It is considered the minimum standard for those instructing the skills of snow and ice climbing. All candidates must first register specifically for the MIC scheme.


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Dates & Prices

Cost (with accommodation): £775.00
Cost (no accommodation): £625.00
Cost (with accommodation): £775.00
Cost (no accommodation): £625.00
Cost (with accommodation): £775.00
Cost (no accommodation): £625.00

Is It For Me?

It is essential that you arrive with the correct and original paperwork in order; we will need to see the following:

  • Registration for the MIC scheme
  • Evidence of your registration for the Mountain Instructor Certificate. If you are not registered specifically for the MIC award with MTUK you will not be able to attend this course.
  • Evidence of having passed your MIA and Winter ML.
  • Completed logbook.
  • Evidence of at least 20 days experience of winter party management (this can be both pre and post winter ML, but at least 10 days must be post)
  • Evidence of at least 20 routes at Grade II or above in a minimum of three main mountain areas of the UK, of which 10 should be Grade III.
  • You must also currently be leading Grade III+ winter climbs.

Course Aims

This is a training course, providing you with an opportunity for discussing and sharing ideas through a structured and progressive programme. Please come with an open mind and prepared to contribute ideas. Please familiarise yourself with the Mountaineering Instructor Scheme Prospectus, Syllabus and Guidance notes.

You will find it of considerable personal help if you make your own notes of the technical skills and issues covered – be it written or photographic. Your trainers have a great many years of active experience and you should pick up a number of top tips. Please feel free to question everything and anything

At this level many questions no longer have a clear-cut answer a major part of this course focuses on not just learning new techniques but also developing your awareness of their pros and cons such that you can apply the most appropriate technique for a given situation – in essence developing sound judgement skills.

Course Content



The programme is provisional, conditions and trainee needs may necessitate some changes. Days will be switched if weather or hill conditions dictate.






Course Programme







BAA plan for day and journey observations: Surface stability tests only. Pit for scale of spatial variation only.


Snowcraft Skills

Difference between WML and MIC


Winter Snow Belays

Bucket seat; buried axe; modern tools; bollard; stomper

Rope work & belaying progressions from WML to climbing


Review of the day




Short roping

Diff between MIA & MIC

Pros and Cons


Setting up of the rope

Approach aprons or scrambling/mixed

Rope systems

Distance between student & instructor

Locked off coils v use of knot/hitch


BAA Avalanche Lecture






BAA plan for day and journey observations:

Formal stability assessment Strength, Energy, Structure.


Short Roping

Application of techniques covered on evening session

Short roping at 1:1, then 1:2. Up, down & across slopes

Moving over small steps

Holding slips; Lowers

Emphasis on maintaining a good ‘pace’

Changeover from short roping to short pitching


Short Pitching

Pitching up & then descending straight forward steep ground using single rope with two students

Emphasis on speed, efficiency and safety

Using variety of appropriate anchor types

Stance management and organisation

Transition at base of climb




Review of the day


MIC Avalanche Lecture



“Meeting The Needs Of The Client’








BAA plan. Journey observations, human factors management tools.


Teaching Climbing

Client care

How do we get to the route

Ghost Roping and teaching progressions

Stance organisation. Location, preparation

Rope management

Belay systems

Changeover from Series to Parallel



Review of the day



Coaching Winter Climbing Tutorial

-Managing Leading

-Identify example TTPP workshop topics



Self Programmed

-Create example workshop lesson plans for Friday




Lochaber area or North West



BAA plan. Journey observations, human factors management tools.


Approach: as appropriate? When do we do what?

Crampon technique – flat; front point; hybrid

Use of axe from walking to simple climbing


Changeover form short roping to climbing at 1st stance.

Personal movement on ice

Stance organisation. Location, preparation.

Ice screw placements and belays

Rope management

Belay systems



Emergency descents including multi pitch abseils

Bollards and Abolokovs

Lowers and other options


Review of the day



Self Programmed

Complete self appraisal forms





Teaching climbing skills technical workshop


Bottom rope sessions for mixed and/or ice and practice for teaching lead climbing in winter conditions.

Poor conditions options. Venues i.e. un-named routes on graded ground to avoid the crowds, workshop content and progressions – Candidate inspired workshops from Day 3


‘Between Training and Assessment’



Individual debriefs




What Will I Need?

Please bring appropriate winter clothing and equipment, plus your own climbing rack, axes and crampons etc. Please bring 1:50,000 OS map of the Cairngorms.  Glenmore Lodge will supply ropes and any additional technical equipment.

Remember the price is all inclusive
We want our customers to easily know what their course will cost, up front and in the open.  Accommodation on the night before and the nights during your course, pick up from the train station (Friday and Sunday evenings only), breakfast, lunch, cake break and dinner are all included. All transportation on the course, centre facilities & any equipment you borrow are also part of the package

Course Documentation

Course Pre-Requisites

MTUK Registration,Winter ML, MIA and completed MIC logbook. Syllabus available from In order to make your booking we will require a note of your candidate registration number and date of registration.

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
  • Dinner for each course day (except one day and back-to-back courses)
  • 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

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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 £280 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.

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