This qualification trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to supervise climbers on purpose built artificial climbing walls and boulders. The scheme does not include the skills and techniques required to teach lead climbing.
If you would like to teach climbing on indoor climbing walls or mobile climbing towers then this is the course for you. In this two day course you can get to grips with all the technical skills and safety requirements required to safely supervise people who wish to climb indoors.
This course does not cover lead climbing, for that you will need the Climbing Wall Development Instructor scheme which is a higher qualification. If you are interested in abseiling training you can also do the Climbing Wall Instructor Abseil Module which is an add on module to this course.
Candidate Registration Requirements
Be at least 17 years old (18 at assessment).
Have at least 6 months of experience of using a variety of climbing walls.
Have an interest in climbing and in supervising groups on climbing walls.
Be a member of a mountaineering council.
Be registered on the scheme.
Have recorded visits to 3 different climbing walls on at least 15 different occasions; this must include at least one major public wall.
Have led 10 routes at Fr 4 on walls.
Have an understanding of the wider sport of climbing.
Candidates must complete a Climbing Wall Instructor training course before attending an Abseil Module training course.
The areas in which you will be trained and assessed are as follows.
The Climbing Wall Environment
Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Climbing Wall Award Handbook here:
Scope of the award
A qualified award holder can:
Teach climbing skills
Take people climbing and bouldering
Manage groups safely in these activities
A qualified award holder can operate on:
Indoor and outdoor artificial bouldering venues
Indoor and outdoor climbing walls
The scheme does not cover:
The rock climbing skills needed to climb and/or supervise others on natural crags and quarries (these are covered in the Rock Climbing Instructor scheme)
Multi-pitch rock climbing skills
The teaching or supervision of leading
The use of leader-placed protection
The supervision of high or low ropes courses
The supervision of ice climbing walls, including dry tooling
The assessment of candidates’ personal qualities
Minimum Course Duration
Delivered in a 2 day programme or up to three sessions delivered within a three-month period.
The course must visit two climbing walls, one of which must be a public facility.
4 hours for the Abseil Module. Delivered either as an addition to a Climbing Wall Instructor training course or separately.