How to verify an individual's qualification(s)

Mountain Training administers sixteen qualifications:

Walking qualifications

LL gold badge Lowland Leader
HML gold badge Hill and Moorland Leader (formerly Walking Group Leader, WGL)
Exped gold badge Expedition Skills Module
ML gold badge Mountain Leader
WML gold badge Winter Mountain Leader
IML gold badge International Mountain Leader

Climbing and mountaineering

ICA gold badge Indoor Climbing Assistant
FCA gold badge Foundation Coach
DCA gold badge Development Coach
CWI gold badge Climbing Wall Instructor (formerly Climbing Wall Award, CWA)
CWIA gold badge Climbing Wall Instructor Abseil Module
CWDI gold badge Climbing Wall Development Instructor (formerly Climbing Wall Leading Award, CWLA)
RCI gold badge Rock Climbing Instructor (formerly Single Pitch Award, SPA)
RCDI gold badge Rock Climbing Development Instructor
MCI gold badge Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (formerly Mountaineering Instructor Award, MIA)
WMCI gold badge Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (formerly Mountaineering Instructor Certificate, MIC)

Employers and members of the public may wish to confirm that an individual holds one or more of the qualifications listed above. In this instance the following options exist, in order of reliability:

1. Ask the individual to log in to their CMS account and show you their qualifications.
Look for:
  • The name of the individual.
  • The gold badge(s) shown above. If you or they hover over the gold badge it will show the date the assessment was passed.
  • A photo of the individual if there is one uploaded.
or Ask the individual to share their DLOG (digital logbook) with you.
You will need to:
  • Create an account on our system or log in if you already have one.
  • Check the gold badges as described above; or
  • Click on the ‘Schemes’ tab to view any completed training courses or assessments they have passed.

2. Ask the individual to show you their certificate.
Since 1st January 2014 we have issued printed certificates.
Look for:
  • A hologram of our logo in the bottom right-hand corner.
  • A heat reactive spot on the back.

3. Ask the individual to show you the pass page from their paper logbook.
Prior to 2014, candidates received a training sticker upon completion of a training course and an assessment sticker if the candidate has passed assessment.

You can also use one of the first options to check for membership of an association:

MTA badge Mountain Training Association

AMI badge Association of Mountaineering Instructors

BAIML badge British Association of International Mountain Leaders

BMG badge British Association of Mountain Guides

If the individual completed training or assessment prior to our records going digital, there is a slim chance they have evidence of gaining one of our qualifications which is not recorded on our system. In this instance we recommend the individual get in touch with our office to correct their record: email or call 01690 720272.

We cannot share information about individuals’ qualifications without their consent, unless it is an urgent or an emergency situation as defined by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

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