Climbing / Mountaineering and Walking Qualifications in the UK

by Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor Sep/2011
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AMI Logo, 20 kbMountain guides, climbing instructors and mountain leaders.... what are they?!

If you are looking for a climbing instructor or mountain guide or hillwalking leader, or even if you are looking to become a climbing instructor or mountain guide or hillwalking leader, there is a series of articles on and that tell you all about the different qualifications that are available.

There's lots of different qualifications out there and they can be a bit of a minefield.

So below are links to all our articles (with videos) on this subject, starting from an internationally qualified mountain guide who can take you up Mont Blanc and beyond, through to a climbing wall award holder who can instruct you at your local indoor climbing wall.

If you want know all about these qualifications - check out the articles below.


Qualification   More Info Web Site
British Mountain Guides BMG UKC Article
Mountain Instructor Certificate MIC UKC Article
Mountain Instructor Award MIA UKC Article
International Mountain Leader IML UKC Article
Winter Mountain Leader Award ML(W) UKC Article
Mountain Leader Award ML UKC Article
Single Pitch Award SPA UKC Article
Walking Group Leader Award WGL UKC Article
The Climbing Wall Award CWA UKC Article
The Climbing Wall Leading Award CWLA

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