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Taking the next step - Mountain Training

As your own skills and experience build up, you may feel you would like to share your knowledge, introducing others to the hills and mountains and inspiring them with your own enthusiasm.

Mountain Training is the awarding body for skills courses and qualifications in walking, climbing and mountaineering, and exists to inspire, enable and develop people as walkers, climbers and mountaineers through leadership and coaching excellence. 

For over fifty years Mountain Training Scotland has provided and overseen training and assessment of consistently high quality in the skills required for the safe leadership and instruction of climbing and hillwalking in Scotland. This is primarily through the provision of UK-wide Mountain Training qualification schemes in climbing, walking and mountaineering activities.

Mountain Training qualifications train and assess people to lead, instruct and coach other people in these environments: whether that's leading a walk in the mountains (whether summer or winter), teaching beginners how to climb in an indoor climbing wall, take their first steps rock climbing, learning to lead on rock climbs (whether on road side crags or mountain crags), or coaching rock climbing performers to improve their technique and grade. People who hold Mountain Training qualifications have been assessed at a nationally agreed standard and may be volunteers, youth workers, outdoor instructors or teachers. 

Mountain Training Scotland works closely with Mountaineering Scotland and is based at Glenmore Lodge, the Sportscotland national outdoor training centre.

Mountain Training has produced an inspirational video explaining why people feel the need to gain added qualifications and the rewards they bring.

Check out what Mountain Training is all about through the words of some of the people who hold their qualifications in this film. 

The Mountain Training qualifications pathway

See how the wide range of Mountain Training Awards fit together in the diagram below. You can see this at full size and other infographics about the qualifications at www.mountain-training.org/about/infographics

The Mountain Training Scotland bursary scheme  offers bursaries of up to 250 to support candidates wishing to undertake a training or assessment course in one of the Mountain Training qualification schemes provided by Mountain Training Scotland for whom the financial constraints may be a barrier to participation and whose participation may promote their commitment to diversity. Click here for more details and how to apply.