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Outdoors Qualifications

Mountain Skills

Sat 27 & Sun 28 October - £95 - 7am start

The Mountain Skills course is an ideal choice for walkers interested in applying their countryside walking skills to the mountain environment. Ideally, participants would have done some basic hill walking and have a reasonable level of fitness. Skills in map and compass, mountain weather forecasting, movement through steep ground, planning and preparation, emergency procedures, seasonal effects and the mountain environment all form the syllabus of this course. The course is run in the main high mountain areas of the UK and Ireland. Our courses will be based in the Scottish mountains.

Lowland Leader Award

The Lowland Leader Award is ideal for teachers, community workers; those involved with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme – in fact anyone who wants to lead summer walking groups in lowland countryside and woodland. As with all Mountain Training Schemes there is no altitude limit to the remit of the award, “lowland” refers to the sort of landscape you will be operating in, i.e. fields and woodlands where there are clear paths on the map and on the ground.

The training course looks at route-finding skills, an understanding of hazards and risk management, leadership techniques and an appreciation of equipment needs and the impact of the weather. There is an optional Expedition Skills module available for candidates who wish to move on to leading camping trips and supervising groups on backpacking expeditions.

Like other National Governing Body Awards the pathway to certification involves getting some personal experience, attending a training course, consolidating your learning, completing an assessment, and then continuing to develop these skills as a Lowland Leader. The length of time it takes to become a Lowland Leader depends on how much experience you already have. We recommend at least three months between training and assessment, and if it takes you a few years to feel ready, that’s fine too.

The Lowland Leader Award can be used anywhere in the UK when you are in appropriate terrain.

More information about the award please visit the Mountain Training website.

Candidates must register direct with Mountain Training prior to training - Fee - £44

LLA Training Dates
Training Cost - £125
  • 01 September 2018: 08:30 - 18:30
  • 02 September 2018: 08:30 - 17:00
  • 13 October 2018: 08:30 - 18:30
  • 14 October 2018: 08:30 - 17:00
  • 1 December 2018: 08:30 - 18:30
  • 2 December 2018: 08:30 - 17:00
LLA Assessment Dates
Assessment Cost - £135
  • 15 September 2018: 09:00 - 18:00
  • 16 September 2018: 09:00 - 18:00
  • 27 October 2018: 09:00 - 18:00
  • 28 October 2018: 09:00 - 18:00
Expedition Skills Module
Skills Module Cost - £125
  • 29 September 2018 - Day 1 09: 00 – overnight
  • 30 September 2018 - Day 2 finish 12:00

Hill & Moorland Leader Award

The Hill and Moorland Leader award is designed for people who want to lead groups in the hill and moorland areas of the UK and Ireland. This award is a wonderful opportunity to learn the leadership skills required to feel confident about taking people out walking. As you may have guessed from the descriptive title of this award, it focuses on non-mountainous terrain.

In a previous life this award was called the Walking Group Leader, and we think the new name better describes the award and makes more sense. This way, everyone knows where they (can) stand. The 'overnight experience' element of the WGL has been removed and we've created a separate Expedition Skills Module which can be 'bolted on' to the Hill and Moorland Leader (or indeed the Lowland Leader) if you want to increase the scope of your award to include multi-day expeditions.

More information about the award please visit the Mountain Training Association website.

Candidates must register direct with Mountain Training prior to training (Fee is £44).

Training & Assessment days
Training (£195)
  • 21 September 2018: 09:00 - 18:00
  • 22 September 2018: 09:00 - 21:30
  • 23 Setpember 2018: 09:00 - 18:00
  • 02 November 2018: 09:00 - 18:00
  • 03 November 2018: 09:00 - 21:30
  • 04 November 2018: 09:00 - 18:00
Assessment (£225)
  • 16 November 2018: 09:00 - 18:00
  • 17 November 2018: 09:00 - 21:30
  • 18 November 2018: 09:00 - 18:00

Other Qualifications

We'll soon be offering Outdoors Qualifications in Paddlesports, Mountainsports and Cyclesports. Keep an eye on our Outdoors webpages for more information in the near future.

Contact us

Outdoor Activities
Victoria Buildings Annex
Queen Street

01324 506846

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