The Rock Climbing Instructor is the new Mountain Training qualification that replaces the Single Pitch Award from 1st April 2018.
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.
Candidates must ensure that they have fulfilled all prerequisites of the course and are expected to provide their own personal climbing equipment.
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.
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 Single Pitch Award
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 SPA holder will be roped climbing and bouldering. The SPA does not include the skills and techniques required to teach lead climbing.
Rock Climbing Instructor Video
Download the RCI Handbook
Final Payments and Course Information
Upon booking online, the course director will email you directly within 7 days. Arrangements for final balances are also made at this point.
VAT on NGB Courses
As we work in partnership with a third party company on these courses the price is shown as including VAT above, however there is only VAT to pay on the portion that is paid to us so 20% VAT within the deposit price shown above.
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.