Rock Climbing Instructor Training (RCI)

Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI) Training in partnership with Adventure Unlimited


There are many reasons for doing the Rock Climbing Instructors Course. 'Giving back to the climbing Community', An exciting career change or just benchmarking your existing technical skill and knowledge. This scheme will be both challenging and rewarding and will surprise with the amount of new learning no matter how long you have been climbing. Good Luck!

Rock Climbing Instructor Training (RCI)

Price : £210.00 per person

Location : Peak District

Duration : 3 Days

Ratio : 1:4

Minimum age : 18

What's Included :

  • Complimentary refreshments at The Adventure Hub 
  • Free Parking
  • Any technical equipment
  • 5% discount on equipment in our shop

Share Course :


  • Excellent facilities in the heart of the Peak District
  • Accredited by Mountain Training
  • Experienced Instructors

Course Overview

The Rock Climbing Instructor Award is about supervising safe climbing and abseiling sessions on non-remote, single pitch crags and in climbing walls. The Rock Climbing Instructor Award has been designed to prove competence in the supervision of safe and effective climbing sessions. The scheme is open to all climbers who are at least eighteen years of age and interested in introducing people to the sport of rock climbing. 

 Mountain Training England provider Adventure Unlimited in conjunction with Pure Outdoor is offering the opportunity to participate in a RCI Training course based from the Adventure Hub. The scheme is open to all climbers who are at least eighteen years of age and interested in introducing people to the sport of rock climbing. This RCI training course is a three day course based in the Peak District which looks at all aspects of the RCI syllabus. 

Stages in the Rock Climbing Instructor Scheme 
 1. Gain personal rock climbing experience. This should amount to at least fifteen lead climbs on traditionally protected routes, fifteen indoor lead climbs and five lead sport climbs. 
 2. Register for the RCI scheme with Mountain Training. In order to do this you will need to be a current British Mountaineering Council (BMC) member. Registering for the scheme will give you access to a digital logbook where you can record your rock climbing experience. 
 3. Attend a RCI Training course. 
 4. Consolidate experience between training and assessment courses. 
 5. Attend a RCI Assessment course. 

About the Rock Climbing Instructor Course 
This award trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to supervise climbers on single pitch crags and climbing walls. Common activities undertaken by an RCI holder will be roped climbing and bouldering. The RCI does not include the skills and techniques required to teach lead climbing. 

Registration with MTUK prior to attending 
To register you should have a genuine interest in rock climbing and the supervision of groups on single pitch crags. You should have at least twelve months rock climbing experience and be at least eighteen years of age. You should also be an individual or club member of a mountaineering council. 

Course Outcomes

The Rock Climbing Instructor scheme covers the following main syllabus areas: 
  • Technical competence (including equipment, anchors, belaying, abseiling, personal climbing skills, background knowledge of rock climbing) 
  • The climbing environment (including access, conservation, etiquette) 
  • Supervising climbing sessions (including organisation, group management, supervising the session, personal safety and working with children and vulnerable persons)

Course Information

Clothing for an outdoor crag session including, wet weather gear. Harness, helmet and rock boots. Rack if you have one and a “single" climbing rope suitable for lead climbing or half ropes if that is what you are used to. Food for midday and be prepared to buy a meal before the evening session or bring additional food. Money for entrance to Climbing Wall. On the second day bring a rigging rope if you have it and a packed lunch.
Prior to attending this course candidates must:

Be at least eighteen years of age Have at least twelve months of rock climbing experience. Have registered for the Rock Climbing Instructor scheme with Mountain Training. In order to register for an award with Mountain Training you must be a current member of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC). Note: it is not necessary to have registered with Mountain Training to book a place on the course. Registration can take place between booking and the start of the course.


Start time: 09:30 - Finish time: . Please note, these times are approximate and could be subject to minor changes. Please leave plenty of time when booking public transport.
As much as many of our instructors are dog lovers, this often isn't suitable if you are booking onto a scheduled course, as we can't guarantee that other members of the group don't have an allergy or problem with dogs. If you do want to bring a pet, we will happily accommodate you if you book a private instructor for you or your group.
Almost all courses begin and end at our base, The Adventure Hub, where you will have access to complimentary tea and coffee. 

We do not provide food as part of our courses and you will need to bring a packed lunch along for each day. There is a cafe on-site that can provide you with sandwiches, cakes and drinks. If you pre-book a lunch with them they will deliver it fresh to our offices first thing each morning. Taste Buds cafe can be reached directly on 01433 208008.

Bookings can be made online or over the phone. All of our courses can be booked in 3 ways:

a) Attend a scheduled course. 

These are open to the public to anyone that meets the pre-requisites. We often advertise many dates for each course, we generally always list 12 months of available dates. This is the most popular and often works out the most cost-effective way of attending our courses.

b) Add a date to our schedule. 

On some courses, we can add extra dates to our schedule, providing you are booking for a certain minimum number of participants, this could be as low as only 2 people. To give us plenty of time to assign staff to your course, you can only add a date to the schedule if it is more than 7 days in advance.

c) Make a private booking.

All of our courses can be booked privately, with a private instructor just for you or your group. This gives you the flexibility to book any date that suits you and also it means the instructor can fine-tune the course content to suit your aspirations. To make a private booking, you just need to fill out a booking request, we will then get back to you with availability and a price. 

d) Book our premium 'Private Booking Plus+' service.

All the benefits of the private booking service, with lots of additional extras including meet & greet at your hotel, luxury picnic hamper including Champagne, digital photo pack, flexible booking arrangements and a pre-activity consultancy to allow your first-class instructor extra time to design your special day. To make a private booking plus+ booking, you just need to fill our a booking request, we will then get back to you with availability and a price. 

Yes of course, you are welcome to leave anything (luggage) at the training centre during your course with us.
Anyone aged 13 or over can attend any of our scheduled courses. We hold an AALA license and are able to take out younger children, however we only offer this on a private guided basis. See our private guiding rates, as this can work out very competitive, especially when booking as a family. There is no maximum age, if you feel young enough to attend then you are very welcome!
We are exceptionally lucky to be located a 5 minute walk from Bamford Train Station on the railway line that links Sheffield to Manchester. This also means we are very easy to get to from London.

We have noticed that the first connecting train from London is often around 09:36am, and courses often start at 09:30am, if you let us know that you are coming in on the train, we will happily delay the course start to suit.

We try to stick to our published course finish times but occasionally conditions on the day mean we overrun slightly. If you are travelling home by train please ensure that you have left sufficient time after the course end time and inform your instructor on the day of your travel plans.

View dates & book now

Our instructors can be booked privately to deliver this course. Benefit from private tuition, pick a date that suits you and your instructor can design the day to suit your needs. You can hire one of our instructors from just £199 per day. Click here to book a private course.