Climbing Wall Award Training (with option to add Abseil module for additional £60)

This is the CWA training course, including the option to book on to the additional abseil module training. The abseil module training is split over 2 sessions, delivered in the evenings straight after the CWA training.
We recommend that you do the abseil module if you can as we feel the qualification is far more valuable with it.

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Description

Climbing Wall Award training lasts for 2 days and will be run by Arrampica.

Candidates who are not undertaking abseil module training are politely requested to stay until the end of the day to act as particpants for the abseil assessment candidates.  

The Syllabus

Climbing Wall Award holders should be competent in the following key areas, all of which will be covered, to a greater or lesser extent, during your training course.

  • Technical Competence
  • The Climbing Wall Environment
  • Supervision

Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Climbing Wall Award Handbook and the onus is on you to be competent in all of them by the time you come to assessment. 

Consolidation

The period between training and assessment varies in length for each person and is an opportunity to develop your skills, paying particular attention to any weaknesses identified during the training course. You can use the excuse 'I'm preparing for assessment' to visit the wall as much as you like!

 

The Scope of the Scheme

The Climbing Wall Award is for climbers who are in a position of responsibility when supervising climbing activities on indoor or outdoor climbing walls, artificial boulders and towers.

This includes a wide range of structures utilised for these activities which are referred to throughout this page as ‘walls’. It is primarily concerned with ensuring good practice, leading to the safe enjoyment of climbing activities, and to an understanding of the sport. It covers the supervision and management of activities such as bouldering, the teaching of basic movement skills and roped climbing, excluding the teaching of leading.

This scheme has been designed to provide a level of basic competence for those who are in a position of responsibility during climbing activities at walls. Whilst the award does include a measure of personal competence it is not designed as a personal proficiency programme, and it should not be used as either an entry requirement or a measure of suitability for individuals who wish to climb on climbing walls.

CLIMBING WALL AWARD ABSEIL MODULE

The Climbing Wall Award Abseil (CWAA) module, is an optional module undertaken by those involved in the Climbing Wall Award scheme. Its’ aim is to train and assess people responsible for supervising abseiling from climbing walls. Arrampica offer the Abseil Module as a bolt-on module to this course; the module runs over both evenings after the standard course days and incurs an additional course fee.

Abseil module training lasts for a minimum of 4 hours and will be run by Arrampica.  This is as a part of our Climbing Wall Award training course, although it can be run as a stand-alone module if you wish.

You must have attended a Climbing Wall Award training course before going onto the Abseil module training. Likewise for the assessment, the main Climbing Wall Award assessment must be completed before going onto the Abseil module assessment. 

Climbing Wall Award Abseil module holders should be competent in the following key areas, all of which will be covered, to a greater or lesser extent, during your training course.

  • Equipment
  • Belaying
  • Abseiling
  • Management of Groups Accessing the Tops of Walls

Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Climbing Wall Award Handbook and the onus is on you to be competent in all of them by the time you come to assessment.

Consolidation

The period between training and assessment varies in length for each person and is an opportunity to develop your skills, paying particular attention to any weaknesses identified during the training course. You can use the excuse 'I'm preparing for assessment' to visit the wall as much as you like! And it's a really good idea to visit as many different walls as possible and try setting up abseiling systems in various different situations.

For more support and information, please see the Mountain Training Website (click here), follow Arrampica on social media, and join our Facebook group: "Arrampica CWA" for more support, hints, and tips from other Candidates and the Arrampica Team.  

Transport to each venue is easy, Westway has on-site paid parking and XC has free parking.  For rail, the Westway is 5 minutes walk from Latimer Road tube on the Hammersmith and City line.  The XC's nearest rail station is at Hemel Hempstead, which is about 45mins walk, or taxi for about £7 each way (or arrange a lift/taxi share with the other candidates yourself).

Prerequisites

For the CWA (CWAA is below), the prerequisites for registration are as follows:

  • You must be at least 17 years old (18 at assessment)
  • You should have at least 6 months of experience of using a variety of climbing walls
  • You should have an interest in climbing and in supervising groups on climbing walls

If you can tick all of the above boxes, here's what to do next:

  1. Create an account on the Mountain Training Candidate Management System (click here) or log in if you already have one.
  2. Register for the Climbing Wall Award scheme (this costs £42)

In order to register successfully you must be a member of a mountaineering council (eg. British Mountaineering Council, Mountaineering Council of Scotland or Mountaineering Ireland).

Before you book onto a Climbing Wall Award training course, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must be registered on the scheme
  • You must have recorded visits to 3 different climbing walls on at least 15 different occasions; this must include at least one major public wall
  • You must have led routes on walls
  • You must have an understanding of the wider sport of climbing and ideally have climbed outdoors.

CWAA

Before you book onto a Climbing Wall Award Abseil module training course, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must be registered on the scheme (see above)
  • You must meet the prerequisites for attending a Climbing Wall Award Training course (can be booked together and run as a complete CWA & CWAA training as on this Arrampica Course)
  • You must have attended a Climbing Wall Award Training course (this can be run as a combined course; CWA training with additional CWAA Training)

As with all Mountain Training award schemes there is a registration process, which is done via the Candidate Management System (CMS).

  1. To register you must be a member of a Mountaineering Council (The British Mountaineering Council or Mountaineering Council of Scotland).
  2. Register for the Climbing Wall Award (CWA). Registration is £42.
  3. Register for the Climbing Wall Award Abseil module (CWAA). This Registration is free of charge.
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