Rock Climbing Instructor >> Rock Climbing Instructor Assessment


The Rock Climbing Instructor is the new Mountain Training qualification that replaces the Single Pitch Award from 1st April 2018. Note: candidates who have completed Single Pitch Award training can complete a Rock Climbing Instructor assessment.

The two-day Rock Climbing Instructor Assessment course is based in the Peak District and assesses competence in all aspects of the syllabus.

Candidates must ensure that they have fulfilled all prerequisites of the course and are expected to provide their own personal climbing equipment.


Prior to attending this course candidates must:

  • Have attended a Rock Climbing Instructor (or Single Pitch Award) training course or have been granted exemption by Mountain Training.
  • Be familiar with the syllabus
  • Be competently leading Severe grade climbs on outdoor crags with leader-placed protection
  • Have led a minimum of 40 rock climbs with traditional protection at a variety of venues (of which at least 20 must be at Severe grade or above).
  • Be proficient in the use of climbing walls and have a minimum of 30 climbing wall leads graded at F4 or above
  • Have assisted with the supervision of 20 instructed sessions post-training. These sessions should be at a variety of different venues with 10 being on indoor climbing walls and 10 on outdoor crags.
  • Hold a current, valid first aid certificate.

Phil Baker has put together information setting out the difference in pre-requisites between the old Single Pitch Award and Rock Climbing Instructor assessments. Click here.


Accommodation is not provided on this course. Please bring a packed lunch on both days.




2020 dates: 18-19 Apr, 13-14 June, 11-12 July, 3-4 Aug, 14-15 Sept, 10-11 Oct 2020