This higher award trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to teach lead climbing skills on indoor or outdoor artificial climbing walls and structures with fixed protection.
It builds on the skills acquired in either the Climbing Wall Award or Single Pitch Award award, one of which candidates must hold to access the CWLA scheme.
Each candidate must register with Mountain Training before taking part in the CWLA. Your experience of logged sessions as a CWA or SPA, along with your personal indoor climbing experience is taken into account as part of the application process. The minimum pre-requirements for this experience include:
- 50 led routes
- Climbed at 3 different major climbing walls
- Belayed a led climber 50 times
- 25 lead routes at grade F6a
- 20 supervising sessions post CWA or SPA
You should note that the figures given are absolute minimums and most successful candidates will have well in excess of the experience outlined.
To undertake the CWLA you must have a genuine interest in teaching the skills required to lead routes on artificial climbing walls.
Registration is only open to holders of either the Climbing Wall Award (CWA) or the Single Pitch Award (SPA). To register for the CWLA you must have led a minimum of 50 different routes on at least three different walls and have belayed a leader on a minimum of 50 climbs. At least half of those routes led must be at a grade of French 6a or above. You must also have logged 20 sessions as a CWA or SPA holder. Large major public walls must be visited.