Mountain Leader Award Courses

Mountain Leader Award Courses

Mountain Leader Award Courses Overview

Our Mountain Leader Award courses are part of a nationally accredited suite of courses that are moderated by Mountain Training. They are designed to train and assess individuals who want to lead groups in the UK mountains in summer conditions. It’s a two-step process that requires candidates to attend a training course, followed by a separate assessment with a period of consolidation in between.

We run residential and non-residential training and assessment courses in the Lake District. Our Mountain Leader Training courses are 6 days long, usually starting on a Tuesday and finishing mid-afternoon the following Sunday. Mountain Leader Assessment courses are 5 days long, usually starting on a Wednesday and also finishing mid-afternoon the following Sunday. Please keep your eye on this page as courses are added regularly.

*Please Note: Currently, as a result of COVID-19, we are only running non- residential Mountain Leader Courses and ask that candidates arrange their own accommodation.

Mountain Leader Training Courses 2021

  • Tuesday 6th April – Sunday 11th April
  • Tuesday 19th October – Sunday 24th October

Find out more about these courses: Mountain Leader Training Courses

Mountain Leader Assessment Courses 2021

  • Wednesday 19th May – Sunday 23rd May
  • Wednesday 8th September – Sunday 12th September

Find out more about these courses: Mountain Leader Assessment Courses

Mountain Leader Award Refresher

We also offer refresher courses for candidates who would like to revisit certain areas of the syllabus prior to assessment.

Find out more about these courses: Mountain Leader Award Refresher

Course Prices


  • Mountain Leader Training: £390
  • Mountain Leader Assessment: £400

What’s covered?

Both our training and assessment courses include a three day/two-night expedition with night navigation exercises. Our Mountain Leader Award courses cover all of the syllabus areas which include:

  • Group management
  • Navigation
  • Access and the environment
  • Hazards (including steep ground and rivers) and emergency procedures
  • Equipment
  • Expedition skills
  • Weather
  • Background knowledge

How do I Register?

If you are interested in becoming a Mountain Leader, the first step is to register for the scheme with Mountain Training. In order to do this, you have to be a member of a mountaineering council such as the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), Mountaineering Scotland, or Mountaineering Ireland. You can join one of these during the registration process with Mountain Training. Registration currently costs £44 and once you have registered it gives you access to a DLOG (online logbook).

Once you have done all of this, it’s time to start logging your experience in your DLOG. It’s a strict requirement that candidates must have a minimum of 20 Quality Mountain Days logged before you are able to attend a Mountain Leader Training course. Details about what defines a Quality Mountain Day can be found via the link above.

*Please note that if you book onto a training or assessment course and do not have the required number of days logged, your attendance will not be accredited at the end of the course. Please make sure your logbook is up to date!

What next?

Once you have done a Mountain Leader Training course, you then need to undertake a period of consolidation, which you will be advised about at the end of your training course. Before you can book onto a Mountain Leader Assessment course, you must:

  • Have logged a minimum of 40 Quality Mountain Days in at least three different regions of the UK and Ireland.
  • Have logged at least 8 nights camping, including at least 4 nights wild camping.
  • Have completed an appropriate Outdoor First Aid course.  This needs to be a minimum of 16 hours (two days).

If you book your assessment with us, we will send you a question paper relating to various aspects of the Mountain Leader syllabus. This is intended as a home research paper, and we will ask that you complete it in time for the start of the course. You will also be asked to prepare and deliver a short (2 minute) talk on a topic of your choice (please make it relevant to the award).

How to book?

Use the enquiry form on this page and we’ll get back to you with all of the details. We require a 30% deposit to secure bookings. A minimum of four candidates is required for courses to go ahead. If you would like any more information or have a specific question, please send us a message and we’ll be in touch.

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