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Climbing Wall Development Instructor Training


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Mountain Training England provider James Hewson  in conjunction with Mile End Climbing Wall is offering the opportunity to participate in a CWLA training course.


This qualification 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 gained through either the Climbing Wall Instructor or Rock Climbing Instructor qualifications, one of which must be held in order to access the scheme. 

This qualification used to be called Climbing Wall Leading Award which was revised following a review and relaunched under this new name on 2nd April, 2018.

Is it for me?

  • You must hold either the Climbing Wall Instructor or the Rock Climbing Instructor qualification.
  • You must be registered on the scheme (click here)
  • You must have an up to date logbook (preferably DLOG) with evidence of the following:
  • 50 led routes.
  • Climbed at 3 different major climbing walls.
  • Belayed a lead climber 50 times.
  • 25 lead routes at grade F6a on indoor climbing walls.
  • 20 supervising sessions after passing either Climbing Wall Instructor or Rock Climbing Instructor qualifications. At least 5 of these sessions must have personal reflective comments recorded on DLOG.

You should note that the figures given are absolute minimums and most successful candidates will have well in excess of the experience outlined.

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Latest Reviews

Great, interesting course. I learned a huge amount.
8th December 2017

riley good corse good venu grate instruction might have been nice to do a bit more climbing at the end with the James looking at our climbing but still a very good corse
13th February 2016

Really interesting course, practical and informative, might be worth looking at setting aside a little dedicated space for it to be run in if it was possible and practical as we couldn't get into the rope bay in the morning because of the school groups (but that didn't spoil the experience :))
21st October 2015