The Mountain Leader Award (ML) was established in 1964 to promote the safe enjoyment of the hills and mountains. The scheme provides training and assessment in the technical and group management skills required by those who wish to lead groups in the mountains, hills and moorlands of the United Kingdom and Ireland under summer conditions. It integrates experience, training and assessment in a variety of testing conditions in mountainous country.
Before you book onto a Mountain Leader assessment, make sure you have done the following:
- You must have attended a Mountain Leader training course (or have been granted exemption)
- You must be familiar with the syllabus
- You must have logged a minimum of 40 Quality Mountain Days in three different regions of the UK and Ireland
- You must hold a current first aid certificate, minimum 16 hours and relevant to your work as a Mountain Leader
- You must have logged at least 8 nights camping, including at least 4 nights wild camping
The Mountain Leader assessment is 5 days long and includes a two night expedition.
For summer ML a QMD is clearly defined within the MTUK Dlog informtaion, in all the ML award information on their website and during your training course. It is a requirement that you have a minimum of 40 QMDs when you come to assessment and that these are clearly recorded in your Dlog or a printed record of your experience. If you are unable to do this you will be deferred and we will charge an administrative re-assessment fee of £100 when you subsequently re-submit the required days. This is also the case for not having a valid first aid certificate.
Glenmore Lodge is keen to support candidates gaining a successful result. Currently a lack of QMDs is a significant yet unnecessary reason for defer across the UK for this award and it is usually reflected in the performance on the hill.
To be clear your training course does not count as these are not self planned and managed days. The vast majority of days should be in the UK and in summer conditions. Duplicate days do not usually count nor a skills training day a couple of kms from the car.
It is entirely within the hands of the candidate to meet this requirement in their own time and clearly record it. When candidates arrive with no concerns about their QMDs they perform better at the practical aspects of the course.
Please ensure you comply with this requirement of becoming a mountain leader.
See the information sheet in the Detailed Info tab.
How to prepare for and pass your ML.