/ Getting started on CWA & SPA qualifications.
I've sent off my application for BMC membership and also been keeping a logbook of sorts, but I've been receiving some conflicting info from a wall that runs a sort of CWA course and from the BMCs info pack thing. The walls theory seems to involve quite a lot of giving them cash for something i could do for cheaper strangely enough! But nevermind that, I'm just keen to get a clearer picture of what i should be doing to get things together and go for the assessments.
Could someone who knows their way around these courses please give me some insight of what direction i should be moving in? Things like who and what i need to be registered with, amount of seconding/shadowing i need to be doing, standard of grades/logbook etc.
The bmc should have given you the syllabus. You should only be paying for a training course and then the assessment. Also of course you have to pay for the times you use a wall.
Hope that helps a little
All MT Awards follow the same format: pre-requirements, registration, attend a training course (all courses are listed on CMS), gain further experience, attend assessment and then as an award holder maintain a record of use of the award, recreational activity in the award subject area and CPD. Each of these stages is detailed in the Award Handbooks.
Hope that helps.
Once you've done your CWA training, contact a number of walls and explain you've done your training and now looking to shadow sessions to gain valuable experience. Most climbing centers will be willing to help and offer you sessions you can help assist on. Be willing to travel mind.
Make sure you assist at a number of different centres for experience as some walls do have different numbers per group and some taster / birthday sessions do vary and the more varied sessions you do the more confident you'll feel and ready for your assessment.
Hope this helps and good luck!
In reply to Steve nevers (and others...):
1. You can create an account on the Mountain Training Candidate Management System whenever you wish. Only create a brand new account if you have never registered with / done one of the awards before (otherwise there will be two of you on the system!)
2. You need to be a member of one of the mountaineering Councils (BMC / MCofS / MI) before you can register for an award.
3. You can register for the award of your choice through your Mountain Training account once you have entered your Council membership number into that account.
4. The Mountain Training Association (MTA) is a membership association offering support and further training for candidates / award holders. You do NOT register for an award with MTA.
5. Once you've registered you will be sent a logbook and scheme information handbook by the Mountain Training staff.
6. Mountain Training does not itself deliver courses; they are delivered by a network of approved providers up and down the country at varying prices and locations.
7. You normally undertake (and pay the provider for) a training course AND and assessment course.
8. There shouldn't really be 'a sort of CWA course'. It is; or it isn't - no half way house!
9. 01690 720272 will get you through to the enormously friendly staff team at Siabod Cottage who can normally answer all of your queries. Accurately.....!
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