CWLA Training

Before you book onto a Climbing Wall Leading Award training course your application for registration must have been approved by Mountain Training.

Training typically lasts for one day (minimum 8 hours contact time).

This award trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to teach lead climbing skills on indoor or outdoor artificial climbing walls and structures with fixed protection. It builds on the skills gained through either the Climbing Wall Award or Single Pitch Award, one of which candidates must hold to access the Climbing Wall Leading Award scheme.

Registration for the Climbing Wall Leading Award is an application process, during which your experience of logged sessions as a Climbing Wall Award holder or Single Pitch Award holder, along with your personal indoor climbing experience, is taken into account.

How can I apply?

Minimum age

You must be at least 18 years old

Prior Training

You must hold either the Climbing Wall Award or the Single Pitch Award

Experience required

You must have an up to date logbook (ideally DLOG) with evidence of the following...

  • 50 led routes
  • Climbed at 3 different major climbing walls
  • Belayed a lead climber 50 times
  • 25 lead routes at grade F6a on indoor climbing walls
  • 20 supervising sessions after passing either Climbing Wall Award or Single Pitch Award


Log in to the MTA Candidate Management System

Register for the Climbing Wall Leading Award scheme

Notify Mountain Training (via the SEND TO MT button in DLOG) that your DLOG is ready to be reviewed

CWLA Assesment

The Climbing Wall Leading Award assessment is a minimum of 6 hours.

Assessments are run by one of our approved Providers and a variety of cost packages are available, depending on what's included; food, accommodation etc. so you can choose one that's right for you.