E-mail: info@atne.co.uk ▪ Tel: 07713 25 46 49

info@atne.co.uk ▪ 07713 25 46 49 ▪

Climbing Wall Award (CWA)

ATNE are a Provider of the Climbing Wall Award Training and Assessment courses for Mountain Training England. Courses will be directed by Jon Chamberlain (Mountaineering Instructor and climbing  Development Coach). 

We run 'open' courses which are advertised on the Mountain Training Association website.

We are also able to deliver 'bespoke' courses for organisations at a discounted price. Contact us for prices, details and to arrange dates etc.

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. There is also an optional Abseil Module (often run in conjunction with the Climbing Wall Award) which is all about supervising abseiling in climbing walls.

The Climbing Wall Award does not include the skills and techniques required to teach lead climbing.

Is it for me?

The prerequisites for registration are as follows:

  • You must be at least 17 years old (18 at assessment)
  • You should have at least 6 months of experience of using a variety of climbing walls
  • You should have an interest in climbing and in supervising groups on climbing walls

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

  1. Create an account on the Mountain Training Associations Candidate Management System or log in if you already have one.
  2. Register for the Climbing Wall Award scheme (this costs £42)
  3. Book onto an Adventure Training North East Climbing Wall Award course

Courses use a minimum of two local climbing walls. They typically start at 9.30am and finish at 4.30pm. They are non-residential.


Ratio: 1:4 => 1:6
Duration: 2 days (12 hours)
Costs: £135 per person


Ratio: 1:2 => 1:4
Duration: 1 day (6hours)
Cost: £95 per person

Abseil Module (Training and Assessment)

This is generally 'bolted' onto a Climbing Wall Award Training or Assessment course.

Ratio: 1:4 => 1:6
Duration: Training 4 hours; Assessment 2 hours
Cost: Training: £30; Assessment £20

For more information on Climbing Wall Award courses contact Jon:
Tel: 07713 25 46 49 
E-mail: jon@atne.co.uk
or use our contact form.

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) acts on behalf of walkers, climbers and mountaineers in the UK and offers the following participation statement that we ask you to agree to: "The BMC recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement."

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