Fast Track Instructor Scheme

Fast Track Instructor Scheme
We are offering a unique year-long fast track instructor training scheme in rock climbing and mountain leadership, aimed at getting you qualified as a rock climbing instructor/coach and mountain leader. By the end of the course, you will be employable in the field with a who host of personal and professional experience. So don’t waste two more years and thousands of pounds on a degree course, come to us and get qualified and employed.

This Fast Track Instructor Scheme in Rock Climbing and Mountain leadership runs over 30 weeks of the year and has an average of 4 days contact time a week with one of our instructors or teaching team. Over those 120 days, we will develop you as a proficient rock climber and mountaineer to get you to the required level to register and attend you Climbing Wall Award, Foundation Coach, Rock Climbing Instructor Award and Summer Mountain Leader courses.

We will work with you closely on low ratio courses to help you reach and exceed the required level for your assessments. Both in terms of personal development and professional experience. We do this through a variety of internal and external courses aimed at developing the very best climbing coaches and mountain leaders. The course is non-residential and based in the heart of UK trad climbing and mountaineering, North Wales. 

As part of the course, we also aim to visit The Peak District, Scotland, Lake District, The South West and Spain, where we will provide either tented or self-catering accommodation. This will allow us to offer a year-round rock climbing and mountaineering opportunities.

We also offer the added benefit of teaching some of the softer skills of teaching, coaching and instruction on the course. Skills like Reflective Practice, Goalsetting, Giving and Receiving Feedback, Decision Making, Emotional Intelligence, Pedagogy (Teaching and Learning), Legal and Moral aspects of coaching and Environmental Knowledge. All key skills that help make you a great outdoor instructor.

Why Choose Our Instructor Training Course?

  • Guaranteed low ratios max of 1 to 4.
  • NGB Qualification included – CWA, SPA, ML (Summer), Foundation Coach
  • 4 Days a week contact time over 30 weeks
  • Amazing locations for climbing and mountaineering
  • Personalised programmes and mentoring
  • Expert tuition from the UK’s leading coaches and instructors 
  • Supervised Teaching and Coaching Experience

What is Included in the course

  • CWA Training and Assessment
  • SPA Training and Assessment
  • Fundas 1 & 2
  • ML Training and Assessment
  • Foundation Coach Training and Assessment
  • 2 Weeks Self Cater Trip to Scotland/Lake
  • 2 Weeks Self Cater Trip to Peak/South West
  • 10 Day Self Catering Trip to Spain
  • Transport to and from days activities
  • 120 days contact time with expert coaches and instructors 

What is not included

  • Accommodation and food when based in Snowdonia
  • Food when away from Snowdonia
  • Flights to Spain
  • Transport whilst on NGB award courses
  • Personal Outdoor Equipment – Although we can probably help you get discounts in local outdoor stores.

Fast Track Instructor Scheme – Draft Program 2018 -19

Please check out our draft course program for the 30-week course in the PDF below.

Fast Track Instructor Scheme: Rock & Mountain Draft Course Diary 2018-19

Prior Experience: A desire to work in the outdoors
Duration: 120 day
Cost: £15000
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Course Start Dates:
October 1, 2018
  • NB: We can arrange course dates to meet your requirements.

  • To book, find out more or to arrange an alternative date email us here.
    …or call us on 07872565225

    Photos from Previous Courses

    A classic 5b on the Morata side of the river at Chodes

    A classic 5b on the Morata side of the river at Chodes

    Looking out at Old Harry Rock one of the forthcoming UKHillwalking routes I have worked on.

    Looking out at Old Harry Rock one of the forthcoming UKHillwalking routes I have worked on.

    Ollie Cain lowers off the steep Muscle Beach, 8a at LPT. Great Ormes.

    Ollie Cain lowers off the steep Muscle Beach, 8a at LPT. Great Ormes.

    Diagram of how to place camming devices. Left: Undercammed and tipped out placements are not secure. Middle: A well place cam with the cam between 25% and 75% of its range. Right: Overcammed, whilst generally safer than overcammed, these type of placements can lead to your precious cam becoming wedged in.

    Diagram of how to place camming devices. Left: Undercammed and tipped out placements are not secure. Middle: A well place cam with the cam between 25% and 75% of its range. Right: Overcammed, whilst generally safer than overcammed, these type of placements can lead to your precious cam becoming wedged in.

    The Adventure Climbing Rack

    The Adventure Climbing Rack

    A client leading the stunning corner crack of Scratch pitch 2 on a lead climbing coaching course.

    A client leading the stunning corner crack of Scratch pitch 2 on a lead climbing coaching course.

    Pumped at the top of Ride the Wild Surf, E4, with one more section of climbing to go.

    Pumped at the top of Ride the Wild Surf, E4, with one more section of climbing to go.

    A key skill in big wall climbing is lowering out whilst jumaring a pitch to clean it. This could be to get round horizontal traverse or roof.

    A key skill in big wall climbing is lowering out whilst jumaring a pitch to clean it. This could be to get round horizontal traverse or roof.


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