This Rock Climbing Instructor qualification (formerly Single Pitch Award) run by Leading Edge is all about supervising safe climbing and abseiling sessions on single pitch crags. Whether you're a parent, a volunteer or an outdoor centre instructor, the Rock Climbing Instructor qualification has been designed to maintain high standards of supervision so that people can enjoy safe sessions in this increasingly popular sport.
You must be at least 18 years old and have at least 12 months of rock climbing experience to attend the Rock Climbing Instructor Award with Leading Edge. You should have an interest in supervising novice climbing groups and you must be a member of a Mountaineering Council: BMC, Mountaineering Scotland or Mountaineering Ireland (you can join one when you register if you're not already a member)
Before you book onto a Leading Edge Rock Climbing Instructor Training, please make sure you have registered on the scheme with Mountain Training.
This is a very modern course, Leading Edge are running the new three day Rock Climbing Instructor. Right up to date with current techniques, thinking, best practice and lots of relevant climbing toys! It is highly interactive, with a mix of theory and technical input but with the emphasis definitely being on as much hands on practice and consolidation as possible.
Leading Edge are super excited about the extra day and having quality time to deliver this excellent syllabus. You will be learning and implementing new skills and techniques throughout the course, not only will we help you develop as a Rock Climbing Instructor but you might well find the movement sessions have you making personal gains in your own climbing.
At Leading Edge we strive to deliver a relaxed, open and friendly course. We will progressively take you through the key elements of being a Rock Climbing Instructor. We will help you develop, hone and polish your personal skills, all the time imparting teaching and coaching techniques you can use when working with others. You will leave inspired, motivated and with a personal action plan of what you need to do before coming forward for assessment.
Rock Climbing Instructor assessments are run in an atmosphere which ensures we get the best performance from you we can. Again it is relaxed and open, encouraging discussion and debate around many subjects. It will invariably provide us with the chance deliver extra learning and coaching for you but all the while allowing you the maximum amount of opportunities to shine. Leading Edge try very hard to make this a super positive experience.
What does the Rock Climbing Instructor Award cover?
Technical Competence (including equipment, anchors, belaying, abseiling, personal climbing skills, background knowledge
The Climbing Environment (including access, conservation, etiquitte)
Supervision (including organisation, group management, supervising the session, personal safety and children and vulnerable persons).
Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Rock Climbing Instructor Handbook.