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Climbing Wall Award

The Climbing Wall Award trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to supervise climbers on purpose built artificial climbing walls and boulders. It is ideal for people who work at climbing walls or at venues with permanent or mobile climbing towers. There is also an optional Abseil Module (often run in conjunction with the Climbing Wall Award) which is all about supervising abseiling in climbing walls.

Climbing Wall Award

The climbing wall award is a supervisory award aimed at those who are keen to take a position of responsibility in the climbing environment. The course ensures good practice, leading to the safe enjoyment of climbing activities along with gaining a sound understanding of climbing.

Real Adventure work with MTE Provider Mike Margeson 588 to deliver these courses.


If you have a group of people and wish to organise a course or the dates below are full or don't fit with you get in touch and we can make plans. 

Booking Information

All our courses are private closed bookings for you or your group. We do not offer open enrolment courses, unless you are in our qualifications department. This guarantees you the highest quality and tailored outcomes for you. 

There are 3 options you can choose from to make your booking:

  • Book Now - This is for our listed course dates; book, pay, and enjoy your course. 
  • Enquire - if you would like alternative dates** to those listed, drop us a message about a specific course and we can talk further about your booking. 
  • Buy Voucher - you are buying a GIFT VOUCHER for a date to be confirmed** in the future. (Valid for 2 years from date of purchase)

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**dates are dependant on availability. 

Climbing Wall Award Training Course

Course consists of two days training covering both personal and group climbing skills as per the Climbing Wall Award Syllabus. This occurs at two separate climbing wall sites. The course aims to address the technical skills and judgement required to safely supervise and coach people in an indoor or artificial environment.

This training course gives you the confidence and the skills to get out and practise before assessment after the consolidation period.


  • Risk Assessment
  • Group Management
  • Injury Prevention
  • Bouldering Warm Up / Games
  • Equipment
  • Using the Wall
  • Basic Movement Skills
  • Structuring Sessions
  • Short and long term climbing development
  • Personal Climbing / leading
  • Top roping
  • Abseiling
Dates 21/02/2018 to 22/2/18 Size 12 Places 0 Ratio 1:6 Price £140 Event Full - Enquire


Climbing Wall Award Assessment Course

The assessment course covers both personal and group climbing skills as per the Climbing Wall Award Syllabus. The course will assess the candiates technical skills and judgment required to safely supervise and coach people in an indoor or artificial environment.

Candidates should be familiar with all aspects of the syllabus before assessment, even if some parts were not covered during training. Assessment courses provide at least six hours of contact time between candidates and assessors and candidates are tested in accordance with the syllabus.

"CWA" will become "Climbing Wall Instructor" as of 2/4/18

Mountain Training Awards Changes

To give the public a clearer understanding of what the role of each qualification is we have re-named them as follows:

Climbing Wall Instructor – formerly Climbing Wall Award Climbing Wall Instructor Abseil Module – formerly Climbing Wall Award Abseil Module Rock Climbing Instructor – formerly Single Pitch Award Climbing Wall Development Instructor – formerly Climbing Wall Leading Award

We have tried to minimise the impact on our existing candidates within these schemes so please read the detailed information below to help you understand where you stand and how you will move between old and new qualifications.

The launch date for the revised schemes is 2nd April 2018.

For existing CWA/CWAA/SPA/CWLA holders:

We will continue to clearly recognise the validity of your qualification. On the Candidate Management System you will still be shown as having gained the Climbing Wall Award, Abseil Module, Single Pitch Award or Climbing Wall Leading Award. We will also show that you have gained the re-named, revised qualification(s) as appropriate. For example someone currently holding the Climbing Wall Award will retain their qualification and will also gain its replacement qualification, Climbing Wall Instructor.

This will mean that: - You will still be able to operate exactly as before. - Should you wish to continue your development through our other qualifications or become part of our delivery workforce, you will have the appropriate prerequisite qualification(s).

Support will be available for candidates who wish to learn more about the changes to the existing syllabi.

For candidates who have been deferred at CWA/CWAA/SPA/CWLA assessment:

You will be reassessed on your deferred competencies in the existing scheme as per the feedback you received at assessment. If this reassessment takes place prior to 2nd April 2018, you will be awarded the existing qualification (and will subsequently be given a new scheme qualification as per the information above). If the reassessment takes place after 2nd April, you will be awarded with the revised qualification.

To make this possible we will automatically register you on the equivalent revised scheme. Your existing training course and assessment report will count as a prerequisite for the revised scheme reassessment.

NB. The existing information regarding reassessments is unchanged: Practical reassessments cannot take place within three months of the initial assessment to allow sufficient time for practice and preparation. All deferral reassessments must be completed within five years.

For candidates who have completed CWA/CWAA/SPA/CWLA training:

You have the option of undertaking assessment within the existing scheme prior to 2nd April 2018 OR you can complete an assessment in the new scheme after 2nd April 2018.

To make this possible we will automatically register you on the equivalent revised scheme. Your existing training course will count as a prerequisite for the revised scheme assessment.

For candidates who have registered for CWA/CWAA/SPA/CWLA but not yet attended training:

You may attend a training course as part of the existing scheme prior to 2nd April 2018. If you choose to do this, please read the information above for candidates who have completed training. Regardless of whether you attend a training course prior to 2nd April 2018 or not, we will automatically register you on the equivalent new scheme so that you can continue through the revised qualification.

Where applicable, registrations will be added to your account before the end of the year and qualifications will be awarded shortly before 2nd April, 2018. After you have been given the revised qualification(s) you can order a new certificate, if you would like one, through the website.

The candidate handbooks for the revised qualifications will be available in due course from the website.

We hope that this information is clear. If you have any queries about how these changes affect you please read the Frequently Asked Questions page on the website. If you still have questions please contact us by emailing (please do not reply to this email).