Climbing wall award – CWA

The scheme is for climbers who are in a position of responsibility when supervising climbing activities on indoor or outdoor climbing walls, artificial boulders and towers.

This could include a wide range of structures for the activities. It is primarily concerned with ensuring good practice, leading to the safe enjoyment of climbing activities, and to an understanding of the sport. It covers the supervision and management of activities such as bouldering, the teaching of basic movement skills and roped climbing, excluding the teaching of leading.
This scheme has been designed to provide a level of basic competence for those who are in a position of responsibility during climbing activities at walls. Whilst the award does include a measure of personal competence it is not designed as a personal proficiency programme, and it should not be used as either an entry requirement or a measure of suitability for individuals who wish to climb on climbing walls.


Pre requisites for the award

Candidates wishing to register with the Award must:

  • Have a genuine interest in climbing and the supervision of groups on climbing walls.
  • Have a minimum of six months experience on three different major indoor climbing walls.
  • Be not less than seventeen years of age at the date of registration. Candidates may undertake training after their seventeenth birthday but may not attend an assessment course until after their eighteenth birthday.
  • Be an individual of a Mountaineering Council. I.E Mountain Training or the BMC

A further climbing wall leaders award – CWLA  is available to candidates who possess their CWA or SPA and wish to go on to teaching leading in an indoor wall. This course is a one day course with assessment section

  • 50 led routes
  • Climbed at 3 different major climbing walls
  • Belayed a led climber 50 times
  • 25 lead routes at grade F6a
  • 20 supervising sessions post CWA or SPA

Dates available for CWA


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