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NGB Award Information

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What is involved?

As a participant on the 16-week 'Outdoor instructor training and assessment course' you will undergo intensive preparation for all of your training and assessment modules for: Hill and Moorland Leader (HML), Climbing (CWA), Mountain-biking leadership (MIAS Level 2) and Emergency First Aid, an essential for every awarding body.

This means that you will be undertaking at least one of these activities on each of the course training days. It will be hard work however your reward will come in the last weeks of the course when you will be able to undertake your final assessments with the national governing body assessor(s), all part of the course schedule. Here we tell you a little bit about the awards that you will be undertaking and how they will hugely improve your employment prospects.

Is it for me?

The minimum prerequisites for attending our course are that you:

  • will be 18 years of age on the 30th October 2017
  • have an interest in climbing and in supervising groups on climbing walls.
  • have an interest in walking and in supervising groups on organised walks and expeditions.
  • have an interest in biking and in supervising groups on organised bike rides.

What we expect?

Although our course is designed to provide all of the key features required for you to achieve NGB training and assessment standards there is no one that can push you through the awards, other than yourself. We can show you how, we can organise the experiences and we can provide the final training and assessment courses however we cannot do it for you. You need to have exceptional inner-drive and be able to work hard when the going gets tough.

Awards in brief

Hill and Moorland Leader (HML), with Expedition Skills Module

Mountain Training LogoWith this qualification you will learn the skills required for effective group leadership in the hill and moorland areas of the UK and Ireland. We will make provision on the course for you to have enough logbook time to be able to gain training and assessment for this award. This is perhaps the biggest of the awards on our course as it will need 40 days of walking experience by assessment day. Be ready for a full winter of walking.

The HML is used extensively by those involved with delivering the Duke of Edinburgh's Award as well as many walking leaders and outdoor instructors. Hill and Moorland Leaders operate in terrain that is generally more remote than that used by Lowland Leaders and not as steep or rocky as ground covered by Mountain Leaders. Dartmoor is an excellent example of a HML's remit.

Mountain Training LogoThe Expedition Skills Module (ESM) provides the 'overnight experience' element of the HML. We have programmed into the training schedule ten personal camps for you to experience and learn the art of expeditions. You will be gaining experience toward the ESM award throughout your HML training days. The ESM will be the final award you achieve at the end of your course.

Ownership of the Expedition Skills Module will increase the scope of your HML qualification to include overnight expeditions. This way you are fully equipped from the moment you approach your next employer.  

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Climbing Wall Award (CWA)

Mountain Training LogoWinter is such a hard time to pursue the outdoors Single Pitch Climbing Award, that is why we have approached our climbing ticket with the sensible and achievable CWA. Although achievable, you will be expected to have at least 30 climbing sessions in your logbook by the time you attend assessment at the end of the February 2018.  

The Climbing Wall Award trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to supervise climbers on purpose built artificial climbing walls and boulders. It is ideal for people who work at climbing walls or at venues with permanent or mobile climbing towers. 

With the ever growing number of indoor walls available nationwide and indoor climbing about to feature in the coming Tokyo Olympics 2020, this sport is set to boom. The CWA is a great stepping stone into the wider world of climbing and recognised as the industry standard across the UK.

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Mountain-bike Instructor Award Scheme (MIAS) - Level 2

MIAS LogoThe purpose of the Mountain Bike Instructors Award Scheme is to promote the safe enjoyment of mountain biking in an off-road environment. It is a nationally-recognised vocational leadership award with the level 2 award allowing for journeys into the wilderness up to 600m, such as the Moors of the South West. Due to the remote nature of the awards remit achieving the MIAS level two is reliant on you also achieving the HML.

The course therefore provides technical riding skills and group leadership skills required by those who wish to lead Mountain-biking groups, on technical trails and through open terrain. We have also included the MIAS 'Cycle Fit-Inspect-Test' (FIT) award into the bag which will have you mastering basic trail mechanics, keeping you moving whilst on the hill.

As before we will provide all of the above training and assessment criteria for you to pass the award, it will be up to you to put the work in. The award expects you to have twenty personal rides in your logbook before your assessment day.

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Mountain Medicine - Emergency Care in the Outdoors (First Aid)

Mountain Medicine LogoWith all outdoor vocational training awards it is essential to be a current holder of at least a 2-day First Aid award. Our emergency-care award has been developed to satisfy both First Aid at Work and First Aid in the Outdoors. It provides emergency first aiders with the knowledge & skills to summon help and then to give safe, prompt & effective emergency first aid to a casualty, following an injury or illness.

We will also teach you how to use materials to hand and/or HSE approved first aid equipment to tend to an injured party. In addition, this course will also provide you the confidence and knowledge to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) confidently and accurately.

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