|This page gives an overview of the instructor and guide qualifications relevant to mountain walking, climbing and mountaineering available in the United Kingdom.
More detailed information can be obtained from the Mountain Leader Training board (MLT), see below. The British system of instructor training one of the most
thorough and established in the world. Two of the qualifications - the International Mountain Leader and IFMGA Guide - are internationally recognised. In April 2004, I
made a presentation of the British training and qualifications system at the annual Dansk Forum for Natur- og Friluftsliv (DFNF) conference. Following the
conference, I wrote an article describing the UK system for their magazine in light of discussions that will lead to the establishment in 2005/06 of a Danish system of
qualifications for leaders and instructors of climbing activities. Download the article in Danish here. Since 2003, I have been involved with the Danish Climbing
Federation (Dansk Klatreforbund) as a censor at instructor assessments. I have sat on the committee for several years and have been instrumental in developing
and documenting national qualifications, particularly the Wall and Sports Climbing Instructor awards. More recently I have contributed to the debate in Norway about
certification of instructors. My article in English here was published in the winter 2010/11 edition of UTE magazine. The article can be read here in Norwegian.
|An overview of the main UK & International Qualifications