Climbing Wall Development Instructor – Training

1-day CWDI training course

Course Overview

The Climbing Wall Development Instructor (CWDI) qualification trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to develop climbers beyond the basic skills. This includes teaching lead climbing on indoor or outdoor artificial climbing walls and structures with fixed protection. It builds on the skills gained through either the Climbing Wall Instructor (CWI) or Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI) qualifications, one of which must be held in order to access the scheme.


The Climbing Wall Development Instructor Award is ideal for people who work at climbing walls or at venues with permanent or mobile climbing towers.

Course Details

Location: Reach climbing wall – London (N4 2HA)

Cost: £115 (1 day)

Ratio: 1:4

Level: Instructor


Typical CWDI Training Day: 

  • Introductions and background
  • Informal introduction (experience, interests and reason for interest in the Award). The Climbing Wall Development Instructor Award in context – its aims and the structure of the Scheme, where does it fit with other MT schemes.
  • Structuring lead climbing sessions. Looking at and assessing the infrastructure, the climber and the progressions required.
  • Practical development of knowledge and skills.
  • Movement skills and how to coach them in warm ups, bouldering and roped climbing.
  • Discussion on lead climbing mindset and how to develop it safely in others.
  • The inherent dangers of falling.= and how to coach this skill in a safe and progressive manner.
  • Recap. What to do next. How to prepare for the assessment.
  • Personal debrief. 1:1

DAtes & Booking

Thursday 6 October
£115 per person
The Reach Climbing Walls – London

Further Information

Before you attend a Climbing Wall Development Instructor training course, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must be registered on the scheme.

You must have an up to date logbook (preferably DLOG) with evidence of the following:

  • 50 led routes.
  • Climbed at 3 different major climbing walls.
  • Belayed a lead climber 50 times.
  • 25 lead routes at grade F6a on indoor climbing walls.
  • 20 supervising sessions after passing either Climbing Wall Instructor or Rock Climbing Instructor qualifications. At least 5 of these sessions must have personal reflective comments recorded on DLOG.

A variety of cost packages are available depending on what’s included; food, accommodation etc. so you can choose one that’s right for you.

The period between training and assessment (often referred to as the consolidation period) varies in length for each person and is an opportunity to develop your skills, paying particular attention to any weaknesses identified during the training course. You will probably have seen new ideas and techniques during training and will therefore need some time to practise and evaluate these before taking the assessment. During this period of consolidation, you are advised to climb at as wide a range of venues as possible, both as an individual and when assisting with the supervision of others. Mountain Training recommends that all but the most experienced candidates allow a minimum of six months between training and assessment. There is currently no time limit on the validity of a training course and some candidates may take several years to complete the qualification.


If you have any questions or would you like to book directly then please use the form below and we’ll get right back to you as quickly as we can.


We do run bespoke training and assessment courses if there are four or more of you that would like to book together. Please contact us and we can arrange something to suit us all.

Pop up to the Dates & Booking section and click the book button for the course you want to join. The link will take you to the MTA website where you can book our MTA course. But do contact us using the enquiry form above as it’s always great to chat to you before booking to make sure the course is right for you. We will send you all you need once booked.

Make sure you come ready to climb. So wear your usual climbing clothes, a fleece, your personal climbing equipment, and food for the day. You will receive an email detailing kit list and useful reading and resources once you have booked on the course.

The qualification courses run by Climbing Tuition are non-residential. There is lots of accommodation in the area of our courses so you can choose the accommodation that suits you best if you require.

Car parking is available at most climbing venues we use for our courses, but parking tends to be limited. Please do check out the venue-specific websites for more details or contact us for information. Refunds or reschedules are available if one of our courses is cancelled as a result of Government guidance.