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Mountain Leader Award

The Mountain Training Mountain Leader scheme is designed for people who want to lead groups in the mountains, hills and moorlands of the UK and Ireland. If you love being out in the mountains and want to share your enthusiasm with others, become a Mountain Leader and you’ll never look back (unless you’re checking your group’s still there!).

Mountain Leaders operate the length and breadth of the country with all sorts of groups of people; from scouts and schoolchildren to outdoor instructors and OAPs. The qualification is what you make it and there are countless opportunities for passionate Mountain Leaders. 

To get started on the Mountain Leader qualification you need to meet the following prerequisites:

  • You must be at least 18 years old

  • You should have at least a year’s worth of experience of mountain walking

  • You should have an interest in leading groups in the mountains

  • You must be a member of a mountaineering council: BMC, Mountaineering Scotland or Mountaineering Ireland (you can join one when you register if you're not already a member).


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

  • Create an account on our Candidate Management System or log in if you already have one.

  • Register for the Mountain Leader scheme (this costs £49)


Snowdonia Walking and Climbing is an approved Provider of the Mountain Leader scheme training and assessment courses and runs them in Snowdonia throughout the year. Our instructors are all extremely experienced and active Mountain Leaders.

To find out more about the scheme visit Mountain Training.

Next Courses:


Mountain Leader Training

Course Information

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