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Scheme Syllabus


At assessment, candidates will be assessed on their background knowledege and their ability to demonstrate technical competence and safe supervision of a group of novice climbers.


Background Knowledge


Candidates must demonstrate a basic understanding of the following:The history, traditions and ethics of UK rock climbing

The home nation training boards and MLTUKThe mountaineering councils

Competition climbing, local clubs and opportunities


Technical Competence


Candidates must demonstrate competence in the following areas:



Identify equipment suitable for personal and group use at a climbing wall

Demonstrate an ability to evaluate the condition of equipment and ensure appropriate care and maintenance, identify worn equipment when necessary and decide when such equipment should be removed from service

Demonstrate the ability to use climbing wall equipment appropriately

Make appropriate decisions when presented by students using their own equipment



Connect self and others to the rope

Use a variety of different belay techniques and devices competently and choose the most appropriate for a given situation

Hold falls and carry out lowers




Candidates must demonstrate competence in the following areas:



Plan a climbing wall session including:

Assessing the abilities and objectives of the group participating in this session

Checking the underlying aims and the objectives of the activity

Demonstrating an awareness of responsibility to any authorising organisation

Having built-in flexibility when planning activities in order to respond to changing circumstances

Knowing how to call for expert help in the case of an accident or injury

Group Management

Demonstrate the safe and responsible management of all group members irrespective of whether or not they are directly involved in the climbing activity

Brief individuals and the group appropriately

Manage the individuals and the group effectively by:

Good communication skills

Setting and reviewing targets

Identifying and reacting to the needs of the group in relation to involvement, interest, enjoyment and


Supervise a group of novice climbers belaying

Manage time appropriately

Supervising the Session

Issue appropriate rock climbing equipment, check correct fitting and use

Deliver technical instruction to individuals and the group including:

Choice and fitting of suitable harnesses

Choice and fitting of climbing shoes (if used)

Attaching the rope to the harness

Advice, demonstration and coaching on climbing movement

Demonstration of effective use of the chosen belay device

Demonstrate an understanding of how to avoid common problems

Solve common problems including:

Stuck climber whilst on a safety rope

Weight differences between the climber and belayer

Twisted climbing ropes

Incompetent belaying

Demonstrate the use of bouldering activities with groups

Demonstrate an understanding of warming up and injury avoidance techniques