What can Mountain Training offer young people?

Young people walking in Capel Curig

Mountain Training help people develop their skills in climbing, walking and mountaineering.
  • Intro skills courses if you're new
  • More advanced skills courses as you get better
  • A career pathway in these activities that can start at 16
If you’re interested in climbing, mountaineering, getting outside with your mates more or even starting to become an instructor we've got loads of options for you!

Hill & Mountain Skills

Courses show you how to look after yourself better when hill walking and mountaineering. They are available from age 10+. Find out more.

Rock Skills

Courses help improve your rock climbing skills and knowledge. You can choose the right course based on how experienced you are already. Rock Skills Introduction is available from age 10 with more advanced options starting at age 12 or 14. Find out more.


Indoor Climbing Assistant

This qualification allows you to assist on an indoor climbing session with a fully qualified instructor. It's available from age 16+ and is a great stepping stone if you are thinking about becoming a climbing instructor or coach in the future. Find out more.
"I really wanted to get more involved in climbing, the Indoor Climbing Assistant is a qualification that is open to people who are under 18 so it was perfect for me." - Darcey Haddow. Read more about Darcey's story.

Darcey Haddow working as an Indoor Climbing Assistant

Foundation Coach (climbing)

If you're interested in coaching the movement skills of climbing, Foundation Coach training and assessment is possible from age 16. Find out more.

Lowland Leader (walking)

This qualification allows you to lead groups on day walks in lowland countryside and woodland. It allows you to lead groups in a lot of areas of the UK and Ireland and can open up loads of opportunities for employment or volunteering. It is also a great first step if you want to work towards higher qualifications like Mountain Leader! Training can be completed at 17. Assessment can be completed at 18. Find out more.

Lowland Leader training with Manchester High School for Girls

Camping Leader

A Camping Leader qualifications allows you to supervise camping groups and teach them campcraft skills. It is ideal for working with Duke of Edinburgh and other expedition groups. Training is online and can be completed at 17. Assessment can be completed at 18. Find out more.

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