/ CWLA as a means of getting experience
I am from a trad background and although I aspire to be an MIA I am wondering if getting the CWLA would be a sensible thing to do either as a fallback plan or as a stepping stone.
Any advice you have on this would be greatly appreciated.
It's not going to do you any harm, and some of the more generalised coaching and leadership skills are transferable, but it's not going to be central to your MIA progression. Where are you with the pre-requisites - have you completed your ML?
Also does anyone know what most climbing walls stances are on MIA's instructing clients on their walls? I only ask as I've had to jump through massive hoops to climb at certain walls before despite being a full time MRT guy rocking up in the big shiny wagon with the big blue lights!
If you've already got CWA/SPA the Leading module won't take a great deal of extra work, but it probably won't get you much extra employment to be honest.
> If you've already got CWA/SPA the Leading module won't take a great deal of extra work,
"• For the CWLA the requirements are that candidates must have logged at least 100 different lead climbs, at least half of which should be French 6a or above and have belayed a climber on a least 100 different routes."
Not hard to achieve but there are many CWA/SPA who would have a long way to go to achieve this.
Also "Candidates must also have assisted or observed at least 5 teaching leading sessions delivered by a suitably qualified person." This can be hard/time consuming to achieve if you don't live near one or more large commercial walls/organisations running lots of these types of courses.
In general the level of experience and judgement required of a CWLA is much higher than a CWA/SPA. As Jamie says the experience and knowledge gained would be useful support to your journey through the MIA.
I stand corrected - one or two MIAs might struggle with those pre-requisites!
I'm coming round to the idea that it's only going to set me back a couple of hundred of pounds and will bridge the gap in ability (from a qualification point of view) between ML and MIA
As regards the OP, it just depends what type of MIA work you end up doing. If you do lots of group work rather than more glamorous single client work, then the soft skills of group management are really important and CWLA work will help build this.
Good luck with working towards your quals.
If you combine your ML with SPA, you are much more employable at a Wall or Outdoor Provider or as a Freelancer, than without. Build experience, get some observation of MIAs/MICs then progress.
FWIW, my SPA assessment course (8 years ago) used real people for the whole of the second day.
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