Rock Climbing Instructor

Rock Climbing Instructor Award (RCI) Formerly the SPA!

RCI Training Course

A three day training course based on the RCI syllabus. You must be registered on the Rock Climbing Instructor scheme with Mountain Training prior to attending this course and have the required experience.

Cost: £190

Dates:  January 27/28,  March 24/25 – (Last SPA training) – May 5/6/7,  August 25/26/27


Rock Climbing Instructor Assessment 

A 2 day assessment course looking at all aspects of the RCI syllabus. Candidates must have attended a Training course (or been granted exemption), be able to lead Severe grade climbs with confidence and hold a valid first aid certificate, as well as have the personal and group experience required. If you’re ready, book on and start your outdoor career!

Cost: £140  (climbing wall entry included)

Dates: April 21/22,  June 23/24,  September 8/9

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We are a Mountain Training Provider for the RCI scheme

“This award is all about supervising safe climbing and abseiling sessions on single pitch crags. Whether you’re a parent, a volunteer or an outdoor centre instructor, the Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI) has been designed to maintain high standards of supervision so that people can enjoy safe sessions in this increasingly popular sport.” From the Mountain Training website.

The scheme consists of several stages:


  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You should have at least 12 months of rock climbing experience
  • You should have an interest in supervising novice climbing groups


Training Course

  • You must be registered on the scheme
  • You must have led 15 routes on single pitch crags using leader-placed protection
  • You must have led 15 indoor routes
  • You must have led 5 outdoor sport routes

Consolidation Period

“The period between training and assessment varies in length for each person and is an opportunity to develop your skills, paying particular attention to any weaknesses identified during the training course. So go climbing and use your enthusiasm to hone your skills for as long as you like.”


  • You must have attended a Rock Climbing Instructor training course or been granted exemption
  • You must have logged a minimum of 40 lead climbs, outdoors on leader-placed protection (a substantial number (20+) of these must be at least Severe grade at on a variety of rock types)
  • You must have led a minimum of 30 indoor routes at grade F4 or above
  • You must have led 10 outdoor sport routes
  • You must be proficient in the use of climbing walls
  • You must have assisted in the supervision of approximately 20 instructed sessions at a variety of locations, some outside and some inside (a session is a half day or evening)
  • You must hold a current first aid certificate, minimum 16 hours and relevant to your work as a Rock Climbing Instructor

More information, and the RCI syllabus can be found on the Mountain Training website…

We also offer RCI refresher courses and RCI re-assessments, get in touch for more info or to create your own bespoke course.

Ella leading during the Rock Climbing Instructor training this weekend in Pembrokeshire

Leading during an SPA training in Pembrokeshire

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