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If you would like to train to be a climbing instructor and gain a nationally recognised qualification, we can help. We regularly run courses for those who wish to teach climbing on indoor walls – The Climbing Wall Award (CWA) and a higher level course for those who wish to teach climbing outdoors – called The Single Pitch Award (SPA)

Both of the above are centrally administered by Mountain Training England (MTE) and if you wish to find out more you can download a syllabus for either scheme from

There are four stages to becoming an instructor under either scheme:-

Step 1 - Registration: register with online MTE and purchase a personal logbook. To do this you must be 18 years old (17 for CWA) and a member of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC). Registration currently costs £39 and can be done online.

Step 2 - Training: Training courses are run jointly at the Newcastle and the Sunderland Climbing Centres. The CWA involves 12 hours of contact time and the SPA 20 hours. The CWA course is delivered indoors at climbing walls. The SPA is based at local outcrops and involves a visit to a climbing wall and some lectures indoors.

Step 3 - Consolidation: At the end of your training course you will agree a personal action plan with your training Provider. This usually covers a period of at least three months during which time you will record your climbing and supervising experience in your logbook.

Step 4 - Assessment: The assessment lasts for a minimum of 6 hours and includes personal climbing, groups supervision and the use of climbing walls. After passing the assessment you should keep your logbook up to date.

If you would like to know more about the CWA or SPA schemes, please speak to staff at the centre or contact us using the below form.

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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