Climbing Wall Award (CWA)

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The number of individuals who are introduced to climbing on an artificial structure has expanded enormously in recent years. Mountain Training, in consultation with many interested parties, have devised the Climbing Wall Award to seek to ensure that high standards of supervision are maintained, safety techniques are inculcated and that participants may be coached in such a way that both enjoyment and safety are enhanced whilst personal abilities are developed. High standards of supervision and organisation are best achieved through breadth of experience, personal qualities, quality training and rigorous validation.

Experience Requirements

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

  • To be involved in the Climbing Wall Award 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 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 consolidate 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.

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