Project Description

Mountain Leader Assessment

Location: Snowdonia
Price: £350 per person
Previous experience: You need to have registered for the ML, attended an ML training course, hold a valid First Aid qualification and have met the pre-requirements of MTUK.
Length: 5 days Mountain Leader Assessment

This five day course is for candidates who are ready to present themselves for assessment under the UK Mountain Leader Scheme. A great deal of emphasis is placed on your logbook and you should ensure that it is fully upto date including:

A record of your quality mountain days – see definitions here.
A record of your training course
A record of your valid First Aid qualification – check with MTUK for validity
A minimum of 8 nights camping with 4 of them wild camping.

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

We strongly recommend that you use the Mountain Leader skills checklist to ensure that you are ready for your assessment.

Course structure

We try to create a relaxed and comfortable assessment environment and although it it’s a formal assessment we try to encourage continual development and learning throughout the course. The week is based on the following schedule, this is subject to change to allow for the weather on the week.

Monday & Tuesday: Mountain days focusing on the key skills of navigation, security on steep ground and leadership skills including emergency use of the rope. Evening session review of the home paper.
Wednesday to Friday: A three day expedition camping overnight in the mountains where candidates are assessed on further navigation skills including two nights of night navigation, camp craft, emergency procedures, group leadership and further movement on steep ground if required.

The Friday afternoon will be spent on results and de-brief.

You should make sure that you are familiar with all areas of the syllabus before attending the assessment course.

Mountain Leader Assessment

Where is the course held?

We run the course in Snowdonia and use a variety of mountain locations throughout the week.

Who runs the course?

The course is directed by me, Rob Johnson and by my fellow instructor Huw Gilbert. We both hold the MIC and I also hold the IML qualification and we have many years of practical experience of working with a wide range of clients. During the week we can also offer advice and assitance in making a living as a self employed Mountain Leader and we are also assisted by other local Mountaineering Instructors throughout the week so that you get a balanced view and some different opinions. My practical experience on the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team also adds an additional element to the course. I am an approved provider through Mountain Training Cymru, provider number 1554. You can join our course in Wales whether you are registered with Mountain Training in England, Wales or Scotland. You can view my MT profile here.

“I was assessed by Trail Magazine regular Rob Johnson, assisted by his fellow MIC (top gong in the world of Mountain Training) Huw Gilbert. Rob comes highly recommended by both this title and his growing army of repeat customers. They were both objective assessors who knew their stuff.”
Dan Aspel writing in Trail Magazines March 2015 edition.

Mountain Leader Assessment

Personal Fitness

The 5 consecutive days under assessment conditions in the mountains make for a physical week, especially with the expedition element where you will be carrying a heavy pack and could be out over night for 2 nights doing night navigation. You should be hill fit and able to operate within a comfort zone where your own fitness is not a limiting factor, the assessment concentrates on looking after others and your fitness should reflect this.

What about accommodation?

You will need to arrange your own transport and accommodation. You can visit the link on the right for ideas and suggestions.

When does this course run?

You can view the dates of all of our courses throughout the year on the diary page.

Other Questions

If you have any questions that you can’t find answers to on the website visit our contact page for details on how to get in touch. We look forward to meeting you!

Book this Course

To book this course please choose a date from the diary page and then click on the button below to complete our booking form and make payment via Paypal. We require full payment to secure your course space.

Invoices: Our booking process is all online so that we can provide a fully automated service that works wherever we are in the world. We don’t provide invoices but you will be given a receipt when you book your course so that you can reclaim the cost if your employer is paying for the cost. Alternatively you can book using a company credit/debit card.

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How to pass your ML Assessment – Read this article from MTUK

Hi Rob. Really good to see you again this week and thanks for a great assessment…really enjoyed the experience. I have to commend yourself and your team for the relaxed style yet professional manner in which you conducted the week so a huge thanks.
Take it easy and hope to see you soon.
Joe, ML Assessment