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Rock Climbing Development Instructor – Assessment

Qualify LEVEL | 3 day(s) | Ratio 1:4


This qualification trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to develop rock climbers on single pitch crags, including teaching lead climbing. It builds on the skills acquired in the Rock Climbing Instructor, which candidates must hold to access the Rock Climbing Development Instructor scheme.

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Registration for the Rock Climbing Development Instructor scheme is an application process and you need to meet the following prerequisites:

You must be a qualified Rock Climbing Instructor.

You must have delivered a minimum of 20 days as a Rock Climbing Instructor at a variety of venues and with a variety of groups, recorded in DLOG.

You must have led a minimum of 60 named single pitch routes using leader placed protection in three different climbing areas at VS 4c or above and logged them in DLOG. You may include full multi-pitch routes using leader placed protection (up to 50% of the requirement).

You must have led a minimum of 60 sport climbs in three different climbing areas at 6a or above and logged them in DLOG. Up to 50% of this experience can be outside the UK and Ireland.


If you can meet all of the above requirements, here’s what to do next:

Log in to Mountain Training Candidate Management System

Register for the Rock Climbing Development Instructor scheme

Notify Mountain Training (via the ‘Send to Mountain Training’ button on the ‘Share’ tab in DLOG) that your DLOG is ready to be reviewed

A technical officer will then review your experience in DLOG and if it meets the minimum requirements, you will be notified by email that your registration on the scheme has been approved.

Applications with less than the minimum experience cannot be approved.

If your application is not successful, you will receive feedback on how best to fulfil the experience requirements and your registration application will be held open by Mountain Training until your successful registration.


Rock Climbing Development Instructor assessment is 3 days long.

Step 1

Book your course place online

Step 2

Call to book accommodation. Prices from £60pn



Glenmore Lodge has a large, and very comprehensive store of up to date clothing and equipment. Although we can supply all the equipment you will need, at this level you are encouraged to use your own hill gear including emergency gear, tent, stove etc. (Your instructor will of course want to check that personal equipment is appropriate for the activity).

YOU WILL NEED (Glenmore Lodge can provide if required)

  • Waterproof jackets and trouser
  • Insulated synthetic jacket
  • Appropriate footwear for the attended course
  • Gaiters
  • Helmet
  • 40lt rucksack
  • Climbing Harnesses and rock shoes
  • All technical climbing hardware & equipment
  • Walking poles



Listed here are the essentials, this is not an exhaustive list.

  • Personal clothing
  • Warm outdoor wear
  • Insulating layers
  • Trekking / climbing trousers (not cotton)
  • Hat & gloves***  leather palmed Belay Gloves are useful for rope work scenarios.
  • Whistle
  • Rucksack liner (or sturdy bin liner) / dry bags
  •  Hydration system (water bottle)***
  • Box or bag for packed lunch
  • Personal first aid kit
  •  Personal toiletries & medications (towels are provided)
  • Suncream & sun hat


Glenmore Lodge will provide any technical equipment required on a skills course e.g. climbing ropes and racks. However it would be expected that students attending any climbing NGB courses will have their own technical equipment other than ropes which Glenmore Lodge will provide.

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