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Mountaineering Instructor Certificate Assessment

Qualification Level - 5 days | Prices from £700.00

This award trains and assesses candidates in the skills required for the intstruction 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): £825.00
Cost (no accommodation): £700.00
Cost (with accommodation): £825.00
Cost (no accommodation): £700.00
Cost (with accommodation): £825.00
Cost (no accommodation): £700.00

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:

  • Evidence of your attendance on an MIC training course
  • Completed logbook.
  • Evidence of at least 10 days experience of winter party management (post MIC training)
  • Evidence of at least 5 days at Grade III+ (post MIC training)
  • You must also currently be leading Grade III+ winter climbs.
  • A valid first aid certificate

Course Content

Please ensure that before you arrive you have familiarised yourself with the Mountaineering Instructor Scheme Prospectus, Syllabus and Guidance notes.

Although the days are broken down into specific syllabus areas please understand that the assessment process as a whole is holistic. This means that running through each day are consistent threads such as avalanche awareness, anchor selection etc. Final assessment decisions are made at the end of the week. This process involves the assessment team as a whole reviewing all the evidence observed during the week and making their final consensus decisions based on this.

The order of the programme may be amended due to weather and snow conditions but please bear in mind that the client days, due to our having real clients for these days, cannot be moved – so they will always be Wednesday and Thursday.

What Will I Need?

Please bring appropriate winter clothing and equipment, plus your own climbing rack, axes and crampons etc.  You will also need your own maps and guidebooks of the Northern Corries, Creag Meagaidh and Ben Nevis. Glenmore Lodge will supply ropes and any additional technical equipment as well as ‘client’ equipment.

What we can supply?

  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Plastic Boots
  • Gaiters
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axes
  • Helmets
  • Day Sac
  • Any technical equipment if applicable

Glenmore Lodge also has a pool, gym & climbing wall – so don’t forget your swimming/gym/climbing kit!

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 Pre-Requisites

MTUK Registration, First Aid Certificate,Winter ML, MIA, MIC Training, and completed MIC logbook.

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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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