Mountain Training Cymru

Mountain Training Cymru’s (MTC) role is to provide skills training and qualification schemes for individuals, leaders, instructors and coaches of groups participating in mountaineering and related activities, to offer advice and promote good practice among the mountaineering community within Wales.

Mountain Training Cymru along with Mountain Training England (MTE), Mountain Training Scotland (MTS) and Mountain Training Board Ireland (MTBI) is a full member of Mountain Training UK.

Mountain Training Cymru is a registered company and has four voluntary company directors which make up the board. Additionally, Mountain Training Cymru has a members’ council which meets three times a year to help shape the strategic direction of the organisation and acts as a forum among the hill walking, climbing and mountaineering community in Wales with particular interest in leadership activities.

Mountain Training Cymru Directors

Chair: Anne Vowels
Treasurer: David Jones
Director: Mike Rosser
Director: Andy Newton
Director Allan Gibbs

Mountain Training Cymru Members:

  • Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres
  • Association of Mountaineering Instructors
  • British Association of International Mountain Leaders
  • British Mountaineering Council Cymru
  • British Mountain Guides
  • The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Cymru
  • Girlguiding Cymru
  • North Wales Mountain Rescue Association
  • Outdoor Education Advisors Panel for Wales
  • Plas y Brenin (Mountain Training Trust)
  • Ramblers Cymru
  • Scouts Cymru

Mountain Training Cymru Observers:

  • British Mountaineering Council
  • Institute for Outdoor Learning
  • Joint Services Mountain Training Centres
  • Mountain Training United Kingdom and Ireland
  • Natural Resources Wales
  • Wales Activity Tourism Organisation/Adventure Smart
  • Y Bartneriaeth Awyr Agored / The Outdoor Partnership



Providers, Directors and Course Staff Area

Mountain Training Cymru

This area of the website is for directors, tutors and course staff linked with any scheme provider, administered by Mountain Training Cymru.

Mountain Training Cymru’s role is to provide schemes of personal skills training and training and assessment for leaders, instructors and coaches of groups participating in mountaineering and related activities. Mountain Training Cymru also offers advice and promotes good practice amongst the mountaineering community within Wales.

Mountain Training Cymru shares some policies and procedures with Mountain Training England. This area should provide course directors, staff and tutors with access to policies and guidance to assist with scheme delivery.

Mountain Training Cymru, together with the other national training organisations, is the awarding body for the following schemes:

Walking Awards

  • Lowland Leader Award
  • Hill and Moorland Leader
  • Expedition Skills Module
  • Mountain Leader Award

Climbing Awards

  • Climbing Wall Instructor (including abseil module)
  • Climbing Wall Development Instructor
  • Rock Climbing Instructor
  • Rock Climbing Development Instructor*
  • Indoor Climbing Assistant*

Skills Courses

  • Hill & Mountain Skills Scheme
  • Rock Skills*

*New schemes currently under development with anticipated launch early 2019

Executive Officer for Mountain Training Cymru

Simon Patton is the Executive Officer for Mountain Training Cymru and works part-time for the board. Any course issues or concerns should be addressed to the Executive Officer.

Simon Patton

Executive Officer Mountain Training Cymru

Telephone: 01690 720125

Email: simon@mountain-training.org

  • Quality Assurance and Provider Support


Mountain Training Cymru's strategic plan 2016-2021




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