Climbing Wall Award

The Climbing Wall Award (CWA) is a national qualification administered by Mountain Training. It is about supervising climbers on purpose-built artificial climbing walls and boulders. It is ideal for people who work at climbing walls or at venues with permanent or mobile climbing towers. There is also an optional abseil module (often run in conjunction with the training and assessment courses) which is all about supervising abseiling in climbing walls. Chris is approved by Mountain Training as a course provider for the Climbing Wall Award scheme..

Photo courtesy of jon chamberlain

Photo courtesy of jon chamberlain

Pre-Requisites for the CWA Scheme

Before booking a place on a training or assessment course, please download and read our detailed course notes to ensure you meet the minimum requirements:

CWA course notes

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Outline Programme for Training and Assessment Courses

Training Courses 

All our training courses are two days, and include the abseil module training, which can be booked as a separate half-day module if you have already completed the training. If you have a group of four or more, we can arrange a course on a date and in a location to suit you (a mileage charge is made for courses outside Cumbria).

Training Course Day 1

Meet at Wall 1 at 9.00am
Course introduction, paperwork, review of personal climbing experience, equipment, belaying
Personal climbing skills, movement skills, leading routes
Background knowledge – climbing wall development
Climbing wall rules and etiquette, duty of care

Training Course Day 2

Meet at Wall 2 at 9.00am
The climbing wall environment
Planning, organising and managing sessions
Group supervision and management
Basic problem solving
Abseil module: equipment, belaying, anchors, managing simple problems, group management and supervision

Assessment Courses

The assessment course can be undertaken in a number of ways:

1. Assessment plus abseil module assessment - eight hours
2. Assessment only - six hours
3. Abseil assessment only - two hours

 If you have a group of two or more, we can arrange any of these options on a date and in a location to suit you (a mileage charge is made for courses outside Cumbria).


Dates for all our courses and guiding are listed on the calendar

Fees 2018

Training course including abseil module: £160
Abseil module training: £40
Assessment course not including abseil module: £80
Abseil module assessment: £30


Courses within Cumbria are usually run at Ambleside climbing wall and Kendal climbing wall. Courses run at other venues will be based at climbing walls with suitable facilities.

Kit List for CWA Courses

  • packed lunch and drinks for each day
  • helmet
  • harness
  • belay plate and krab
  • quick draws
  • rock boots
  •  chalk bag
  •  climbing ropes, 50m, single
  •  notebook & pen