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.