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The Climbing Wall Leading Course (CWLA) 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.



Before you book onto a Climbing Wall Leading Award training course your application for registration must have been approved by Mountain Training.

Climbing Wall Leading Award holders should be competent in the following key areas, all of which will be covered, to a greater or lesser extent, during your training course.

  • Technical Competence (including personal climbing)

  • The Climbing Wall Environment

  • Supervision (including planning, managing and movement skills)



Before you book onto a Climbing Wall Leading Award assessment, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must have attended a Climbing Wall Leading Award training course (or have been granted exemption)

  • You must be familiar with the syllabus

  • You must have logged a minimum of 100 different lead climbs, at least half of which must be a grade of French 6a or above

  • You must have assisted or observed at least 5 teaching leading sessions delivered by a suitably qualified person

  • You must hold a current first aid certificate, minimum 8 hours and relevant to your work as a Climbing Wall Award holder

  • The Climbing Wall Leading Award assessment is a minimum of 6 hours.


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2018 Course Dates


Rock Climbing Instructor (Training)


6th, 7th & 8th September

Climbing Wall Development Instructor*    (Assessment)

19th September

Climbing Wall Instructor (Assessment)

27th & 28th September

Rock Climbing Instructor (Assessment)

26th & 27th October

Climbing Wall Instructor (Training)

8th & 9th November

Rock Climbing Instructor (Assessment)

15th December


* This course is the replacement for the CWLA (the module to teach indoor lead climbing)

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