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Climbing Wall Award

This national Qualification trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to supervise climbers on purpose built artificial climbing walls and boulders. It is ideal for people who work at climbing walls or at venues with permanent or mobile climbing towers. There is also an optional Abseil Module (run in conjunction with all CWS  Climbing Wall Awards).

Our qualified and experienced Mountaineering Instructors (Full AMI members) provide an award which has a strong focus on best practice, leading to the safe enjoyment of climbing activities while developing an understanding of the sport. It covers the supervision and management of activities such as bouldering and traversing as well as roped climbing, trainees will also gain the ability to teach movement skills.

For further information on the Climbing Wall Award, you can download the handbook:
CWA HandbookCWA Handbook

The prerequisites for registration are as follows:

  • You must be at least 17 years old (18 at assessment)
  • You should have at least 6 months of experience of using a variety of climbing walls
  • You should have an interest in climbing and in supervising groups on climbing walls

If you can tick all of the above boxes, here’s what to do next:

  • Create an account on the Mountain Training Candidate Management System or log in if you already have one. https://cms.mountain-training.org/
  • Register for the Climbing Wall Award scheme (this costs £39)

In order to register successfully you must be a member of a mountaineering council (eg. British Mountaineering Council, Mountaineering Council of Scotland or Mountaineering Ireland).


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