The Mountain Leader scheme is designed for people who want to lead groups in the mountains, hills and moorlands of the UK and Ireland, under summer conditions. Offering the opportunity to gain a degree of competence, the scheme is intended for those leading groups in the mountains or remote country, where walkers are dependent upon themselves. It is the combination of technical skills, wide experience and personal qualities which forms the basis for effective group management.
Before undertaking the ML training course, you need to register for the scheme.
The prerequisites for registration are as follows:
You must be at least 18 years old
You should have at least a year’s worth of experience of mountain walking
You should have an interest in leading groups in the mountains
You must be a member of a mountaineering council: BMC, Mountaineering Scotland or Mountaineering Ireland (you can join one when you register if you’re not already a member)
If you can tick all of the above boxes, here’s what to do next:
Create an account on our Candidate Management System or log in if you already have one.
Mountain Leaders operate the length and breadth of the country with all sorts of groups of people; from scouts and schoolchildren to youth organisations and Outdoor Activity Centres.
The Training course
Before you book onto a Mountain Leader training course, make sure you have done the following:
You must be registered on the scheme
You must have recorded a minimum of 20 Quality Mountain Days (ideally on DLOG) which can have taken place at any point (pre- or post-registration)
Mountain Leader training lasts for 6 days; either, six consecutive days or over two or more weekends and evenings. The training course starts off in the Peak District and culminates with a 3-day expedition in either North Wales or the Lakes, running at most times of the year. Please look up dates of courses, here (link to dates page)
Mountain Leaders should be competent in the following key areas, all of which will be covered, to a greater or lesser extent, during your six-day training course.
Access and the environment
Hazards (including steep ground and rivers) and emergency procedures
Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Mountain Leader Handbook and the onus is on you to be competent in all of them by the time you come to assessment.
Before you book onto a Mountain Leader assessment, make sure you have done the following:
You must have attended a Mountain Leader training course (or have been granted exemption)
You must be familiar with the syllabus
You must have logged a minimum of 40 Quality Mountain Days in three different regions of the UK and Ireland
You must hold a current first aid certificate, minimum 16 hours and relevant to your work as a Mountain Leader
You must have logged at least 8 nights camping, including at least 4 nights wild camping
The Mountain Leader assessment is 5 days long and includes a two-night expedition. Once again we offer two types of course; a consecutive 5-day course or one split over two weekends.