Mountain Leader Award


The Training courses run over 6 days, either consecutive days or over two or more weekends and evenings. Our training course starts off in the Peak District and culminates with a 3 day expedition in either North Wales or the Lake District, running at most times of the year.


Assessments courses are normally 5 or 6 day long and you will need to have a current valid first aid certificate before presenting yourself for assessment. Please see the Assessment page for more details.

Dates of courses are on the home page under upcoming events 

To register, please contact:

Mountain Training England, Siabod Cottage, Capel Curig, Conwy, LL24 0ET

Tel: +44 (0)1690 720314



A brief outline of the Training Course

  • Day 1 Introductions/clothing and equipment talk
  • Day 2 Low level walk in Peak District, navigation and leadership; mountain weather talk
  • Day 3 High level walk/security on steep ground; access and conservation lecture; mountain hazards and emergency procedures
  • Day 4 Using a rope, river crossing; expedition planning
  • Day 5 Prepare for expedition; depart on expedition
  • Day 6 Expedition continues
  • Day 7 Return from expedition; Individual reviews; course conclusion outline

A brief outline of the Assessment Course

  • Day 1 Arrival by 17:30pm, Introduction, programme discussion, Scenario Paper
  • Day 2 Mountain walk over difficult terrain, group supervision, party leadership
  • Day 3 Technical Day, Emergency procedures and mountain hazards
  • Day 4 Depart on Expedition, Navigation in limited visability
  • Day 5 Expedition continues
  • Day 6 Expedition completed, Assessors debrief, Directors overview, Results, Depart by late afternoon

Mountain Leader training & assessment course details

Both training and assessment courses are £295.00 non-residential.

We start the course at 9am on day 1, normally meeting at the Cheshire Cheese Inn, in Hope.