The Climbing Wall Award is a new qualification for people wishing to supervise others at indoor climbing venues. As with most other climbing/mountaineering qualifications, all candidates must register with their relevant home nation Mountain Leader Training Board before embarking on the scheme.
The qualification is in 3 parts.
Please consider the advice given below. You should note that the figures given are absolute\nminimums and most successful candidates will have well in excess of the experience outlined:
- To be involved in the CWA scheme you need to be a climber and have an interest in the supervision of novices in the activity. A minimum of six months personal climbing experience is required.
- Before attending a training course you must first register with one of the four home nation Mountain Leader Training Boards. They will provide you with a logbook and enter your personal details on the national database.
- Before attending a training course you must have climbed on artificial walls on at least fifteen occasions, visited at least three different walls and successfully led climbs on walls. Without having done at least this amount of climbing you are unlikely to play a constructive part on the course or be able to make best use of the training.
- Between training and assessment you must onsolidate new ideas and techniques and gain additional climbing experience. Your trainer will advise you about the amount and nature of the personal climbing and supervising experience you should gain.
Candidates should not present themselves for assessment until they have:
- Led a minimum of forty climbs.
- Assisted with the supervision of climbing for at least fifteen sessions at a variety of facilities.