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Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor – Assessment

Qualify LEVEL | 5 day(s) | Ratio 1:2 | From £1,130.00

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This course assesses Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor candidates in the knowledge, techniques and skills required for instructing mountaineering. The course is run over 5 days to offer candidates a high-quality opportunity to demonstrate competency in all the syllabus areas, including personal summer multi-pitch rock climbing and teaching multi-pitch rock climbing and mountaineering skills. The course is based in the Glencoe area from Sunday evening to Tuesday, and moves east to Glenmore Lodge for the final three days.

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We aim to provide candidates with a high-quality opportunity to demonstrate competency in all areas of the syllabus. To do this, over the first three days we will progressively assess personal mountaineering skills, multi-pitch rock climbing at VS 4c and problem solving. This will enable the candidates to teach multi-pitch climbing with students, providing a realistic context to observe teaching and learning skills, mountaineering instruction and rock-climbing instruction. Throughout the assessment we will provide opportunities for candidates to demonstrate the extensive knowledge base required of a mountaineering instructor. The final day of the assessment will provide an opportunity to demonstrate efficient navigation with a focus on teaching and learning skills required to coach summer mountain leaders.


Before you book onto a Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor assessment, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must have attended a Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor training course
  • You must be familiar with the syllabus
  • You must have logged a minimum of 20 multi pitch climbs at VS 4c or above (since Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor training), a large proportion of which should be on mountain crags and major sea cliffs
  • You must have logged a minimum of 20 quality mountain days in sole charge of a group (since training)
  • You must have logged a minimum of 20 rock climbing teaching days with students (since training)
  • You must have a reference from a referee
  • You must have physically attended and completed (i.e. not online) a first aid course which involved at least two full days or sixteen hours of instruction and included an element of assessment
  • Uploaded presentation for assessment. A completed home paper.


The period between training and assessment varies in length for each person and it is recommended you allow a minimum of twelve months. The minimum DLOG experience that needs to be gained during the consolidation period is listed below, but it should be noted that most successful candidates will have far more than this. The minimum requirements during this period are:

• 20 quality mountain days as a leader in sole charge of a mixed ability group.

• 20 rock climbing teaching DAYS with students.

• 20 multi-pitch climbs at VS 4c or above, a large proportion of which should be on mountain crags and major sea cliffs

• Familiarity with all aspects of the syllabus

• A valid first aid certificate

As part of the assessment we would like you to prepare an educational 5 minute video presentation on a technical subject that falls within the MCI remit. This presentation is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your skill as an educator and should be aimed at students rather than other instructors. Subject areas core to the job of an MCI such as a movement skill, belaying, gear placement, gear removal, clipping runners etc. would be ideal. Once completed please upload your video to your dlog before the assessment.



The programme below is provisional, the weather will dictate venue choice and assessment topics. Please note that the course is now based in the Glencoe area (you will be sent further details closer to the assessment) from Sunday evening to Tuesday before coming east to Glenmore Lodge for the final three days. The first three days can be swapped around and each day could involve assessment in any of the syllabus headings. The teaching climbing day with clients will be Thursday and cannot be moved. You have a home theory paper that can be downloaded below, completed and brought along to your assessment. It will be reviewed on Sunday evening.

1900 Sunday Evening: Meet in the Glencoe area

Introductions and review of Home paper briefing for Monday

Monday: Mountain Day

This day is an opportunity to demonstrate your ability as a mountaineer (including technical and judgement skills). It will involve appropriate use of the rope to safeguard your peers.  Also includes navigational and route-finding skills. Environmental in-put and time keeping.

Tuesday: Taking people climbing day

Climbing on multi pitch routes at VS4c, use of appropriate rope techniques, safe belays. Abseil retreat from a crag. (Grade weather dependent) .

Wednesday: Problem solving and rescue skills

Solving problems commonly experienced in multi pitch climbing. Climbing VS 4c.

Thursday: Teaching Climbing

With two clients you will structure, organise and perform a teaching day appropriate to their abilities and aspirations. Venue is weather dependent but will be at a venue with multi-pitch options

Friday: Navigation, Debrief and Results

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Need a different date? Call 01479 861 256 to arrange your own date, or email [email protected]


Start Time:
1900 Sun Eve
End Time:
Meeting at:
Glenmore Lodge



Use of kit

Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day

In-course transport


Breakfast for each course day (except one day and back-to-back courses).

Dinner for each course day (except the final day, and on one day or back-to-back courses).

Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge.

Linen is provided along with a towel.




Check out time is 10am on the final day of your booking, we have changing areas, showers and left luggage facilities on site.


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 day.

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