Rock Climbing Instructor / RCI - Assessment Course

Before attending an assessment course you must have:

  • Registered on the scheme
  • Attended a training course or gained exemption from training
  • Gained the further experience noted above
  • Proficiency in the use of indoor climbing walls
  • Competently led Severe grade rock climbs on leader placed protection
  • A valid First Aid Certificate (First Aid by Katherine Wills)

The 2 day assessment course will include an evening session (usually at the climbing wall), and candidates will be tested in accordance with the syllabus requirements. A typical assessment course may look like this:


Day 1

We spend the day assessing your personal rock climbing skills on lead climbing and belay construction. In addition to this we will be assessing your access and conservation knowledge throughout the day. This day will also include a visit to an indoor wall to cover supervision skills in this popular environment.

Day 2

This day focuses on your group management and technical skills for looking after novices in rock climbing and abseiling activities. We will expect you to solve common problems found on single pitch climbs with novice groups and structuring your sessions accordingly. Relevant access and conservation issues will also be assessed. At the end of the course we conduct an individual review with yourself to determine your outcome.

Course Ratio

The ratio of instructors to participants on this course is 1:4.

Course Price

The cost of this course is £175 per person (Non Residential)


  • 26th - 27th June 2023
  • 26th - 27th February 2024

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