Climbing Wall Leading Award Assessment

BOS / Mountaineering Ireland

The Climbing Wall Leading Award has been designed to train and assess those who wish to teach lead climbing skills on indoor or outdoor artificial climbing walls and structures with fixed protection. This includes a wide range of structures (including, for example towers and mobile climbing walls) which will be referred to throughout as ‘walls’. These structures are deemed to have safety equipment, such as top anchors, in place and are maintained through a management regime. The award is concerned with ensuring good practice when developing leading skills.

It covers the introduction, coaching and on-going development of the technical and movement skills required to lead routes. Completion of a training course, without passing the assessment, should not be considered as a qualification in itself, although it may be of benefit to the trainee. The award includes a measure of personal competence. However, it is not a personal proficiency programme and should not be used as either an entry requirement, or a measure of suitability for climbing on artificial walls.

Is it for you? Before Assessment, candidates must be able to answer yes to the following questions:

  • Have registered with BOS for the CWLA scheme
  • Be at least eighteen years of age prior to attendance on an assessment course
  • Have attended a training course or been granted exemption from training and have a relevant training page in their logbook
  • Have gained the relevant further experience (see Experience Requirements in handbook)
  • Be proficient in the use of a wide variety of climbing walls
  • Hold a valid first aid certificate

What we Cover?

CWLA Assessment courses are held over 1 day and comprises a mixture of realistic scenarios designed to test a candidates experience as a supervisor on an indoor wall. Topics covered on the CWLA Assessment syllabus will include: technical competence (such as equipment, anchors, belaying and personal climbing skills),  group management and supervision, emergency procedures, etiquette and promoting the sport of climbing and mountaineering.

To view the entire BOS / Mountaineering Ireland CWA syllabus, click here:

http://www.mountain-training.org/climbing/awards/climbing-wall-leading-award

The assessment will be operated in a large commercial indoor facility

Duration: 1 Day
Cost: €100 per person (includes wall admission).
Location: Various
Pre-Requisites: As per syllabus above
Ratio: 1-4 instructor ratio

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