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Course Outline

The (CWA) Climbing Wall Award is a nationally recognised qualification which allows the holder to teach and supervise groups and individuals at any artificial structure in Great Britain. The CWA is primarily concerned with ensuring good practice, leading to the safe enjoyment of climbing activities, and to an understanding of the sport. It covers the supervision and management of activities such as bouldering, the teaching of basic movement skills and roped climbing, excluding the teaching of leading.


What experience do I need to get the CWA?

Before attending a training course candidates must have registered for the CWA, be aged 17 as an absolute minimum, climbed on 3 different walls on 15 occasions and have led climbs. One of the walls visited must be a major public venue.

At the time of assessment, candidates must be at least 18 and have completed a training course or gained exemption from training. They must have recorded a minimum of 30 visits to at least 3 different venues and assisted on at least 15 instructed sessions on two different walls, one of which must be a large public facility. A current first aid certificate is needed to validate all of our awards.


Additional Information

  • 12 hours instruction over 3 evenings
  • Minimum age is 17 years
  • Venue: Newcastle Climbing Centre or Sunderland Climbing Centre
  • Register with MLTE for your logbook
  • Training course cost £145*
  • Assessment cost £95*

*Includes entry to the centre


CWLA Training

This course is for CWA holders who wish to extend their skillset so that they can teach indoor lead climbing. The 6 hour training course covers all aspects of teaching clients to lead climb. The minimum requirement for those wishing to undertake CWLA is the they can lead to Fr 6a indoors.

Please ask at reception for further information.

 Download the CWA Handbook

2017 Course Dates

SPA assessment

27th & 28th February

CWA refresher course / preparing for assessment

4th March

CWA training

2nd, 7th & 9th March (evenings 6-10pm)

CWLA training (Lead climbing module)

6th & 7th March (mornings 9-12)

CWA assessment

3rd March

Winter Skills Weekend

4th & 5th March Cairngorms

CWLA training (Lead climbing module)

22nd & 23rd March (evenings)

SPA training

25th & 26th March

CWA refresher course / preparing for assessment.

1st April

CWA assessment

7th April

CWA training

27th April, 4th & 11th May

(evenings 6-10pm)

Outdoor Climber 1 (Learn to lead)

29th April

Outdoor Climber 1 (Learn to lead)

13th May

Classic Lakeland Rock

16th, 17th & 18th May

Honister Via Ferrata and Mine trip

19th May

CWA training

1st, 8th & 15th June (evenings 6-10pm)

CWA refresher course / preparing for assessment.

3rd June

CWA assessment

10th March

SPA refresher / preparing for assessment

14th June

SPA assessment

22nd & 23rd June

Outdoor skills - setting up top ropes at local crags

24th June

Courses and Qualifications Enquiry

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