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Rock climbing Instructor

The Rock Climbing Instructor scheme enables experienced rock climbers to instruct climbing on single pitch crags and artificial climbing walls and towers.

Course Director

The course Director will be Jon Chamberlain, a highly experience Mountaineering Instructor (MIA), and Rock Climbing Instructor. Jon is also a climbing Development Coach.

Scope of the scheme

A qualification holder can operate on:

  • Single pitch trad and sport crags
  • Indoor and outdoor bouldering venues
  • Climbing walls & towers

A single pitch venue is:

  • Described as single pitch in a guidebook
  • Allows climbers to be lowered to the ground
  • Non-tidal and has little objective danger
  • Presents no difficulties on approach or retreat, such as route finding, scrambling or navigating

The scheme does not cover:

  • General mountaineering
  • Multi-pitch rock climbing
  • Teaching lead climbing skills
  • Access to tidal sea cliffs or any other location where retreat is not easily possible


Candidate Registration Requirements:

  • Be 18 years old
  • Be an experienced indoor and outdoor rock climber.
  • Have a genuine interest in climbing and the supervision of groups.
  • Be a member of a mountaineering council (British Mountaineering Council, Mountaineering Ireland, Mountaineering Scotland)


Candidate Requirements:

  • Led at least 15 graded rock climbs with traditional protection.
  • Led at least 15 climbing wall routes.
  • Led at least 5 outdoor bolt protected sport climbs.

Minimum Course Duration

  • 24 hours.
  • Delivered in a 3 day programme. Courses can be split into 3 individual days (maximum) if delivered within a 3 month period.
  • If all candidates are Climbing Wall Instructor/Climbing Wall Award trained (not necessarily assessed) providers can deliver a 2 day Rock Climbing Instructor training course. This must be placed on CMS as a separate course 'type'. Do contact us for further information.

Group Size

  • 2 candidates minimum.
  • 8 candidates maximum.

Staffing Ratio

  • 1 staff : 4 candidates.

Additional Course Staff Award:

Rock Climbing Instructor or higher. Please see course staff requirements in the Leadership Award Quality Manual area for further guidance.


Candidate Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have attended a Rock Climbing Instructor (or Single Pitch Award) training course or been granted exemption from training.
  • Be familiar with the syllabus.
  • Be competently leading Severe grade climbs on outdoor crags with leader-placed protection.
  • Have led a minimum of 40 graded rock climbs with traditional protection at a variety of venues (of which at least 20 MUST be at Severe grade or above).
  • Be proficient in the use of climbing walls and have a minimum of 30 climbing wall leads graded at F4 or above.
  • Be proficient in outdoor bolt protected sport climbing and have a minimum of 10 sport climb leads graded at F4 or above.
  • Have assisted in the supervision of 20 instructed sessions post training. These sessions should be at a variety of different venues with 10 being on indoor climbing walls and the other 10 on outdoor crags. A session is a half day or evening.
  • Hold a valid first aid certificate.

Minimum Course Duration

  • 16 hours (with a least 4 hours delivered in a climbing wall).
  • Delivered in a 2 day programme.

Group Size

  • 2 candidates minimum.
  • 8 candidates maximum.

Staffing Ratio

  • 1 staff : 4 candidates.

Additional Course Staff Award

Mountaineering Instructor Award or higher.

Contact Us

Contact Jon Chamberlain:
Tel: 07713 254649
E-mail: info@atne.co.uk
or use our contact form.

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Jon is fantastic with students of all ages. He inspires them to give of their best, demanding high standards at all times whilst ensuring that they are having fun. When delivering professional courses Jon is incredibly clear and thorough. He never assumes any knowledge yet is never patronising. At the end of the course you feel fully prepared for the next step. Definitely the best of the many outdoor instructors that I’ve worked with.

Trish Gill - Teacher and Climber. Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne.

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