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Mountain Training Courses

MTA courses are delivered at Summit Up by Ian Fenton. "Ian Fenton is an inspirational Mountaineering Instructor and a first class climbing coach. He has the rare combination of extensive experience still combined with youthful enthusiasm. He is a tremendous ambassador for the sports of climbing and mountaineering" - Martin Chester


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Ian Fenton

Skill Level

Competent climbers


As per MTA pre-requisites

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Climbing Wall Instructor training

This course is the first step to becoming an instructor to supervise climbers on purpose built artificial climbing walls and boulders.

During the course you will go over technical competence, management and decision making, teaching and learning skills.

The scheme does not include the skills and techniques required to teach lead climbing.

Course dates:

6th Aug 2022 - 2 day course.

4th October - 2 day course.


Climbing Wall Instructor assessment

After training and consolidation you can undertake the one day assessment. This will test all the skills learnt in training.

Assessment dates:

10th May 2022

23rd July 2022

28th September 2022

One day assessment. £100pp

Climbing Wall Development Instructor training

This qualification trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to teach lead climbing skills on indoor or outdoor artificial climbing walls and structures with fixed protection.

It builds on the skills acquired in either the Climbing Wall Instructor or Rock Climbing Instructor schemes, one of which candidates must hold to access the Climbing Wall Development Instructor scheme.

Course dates:

11th May 2022

8th August 2022

8th December 2022

One day course. £100pp

Climbing Wall Development Instructor assessment

The one day Climbing Wall Development Instructor assessment starts by looking at your personal climbing and then looks at your ability to supervise and teach others.

Assessment dates:

1st June 2022