Climbing Wall Instructor – Assessment

1-day CWI assessment.

Course Overview

The Climbing Wall Instructor qualification trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to supervise climbers on purpose-built artificial climbing walls and boulders. There is also an optional Abseil Module which is all about supervising abseiling on artificial structures. Please ask for more details on the Abseil Module. The Climbing Wall Instructor qualification does not include the skills and techniques required to teach lead climbing. To teach lead climbing you will need the Climbing Wall Development Instructor Award.


The Climbing Wall Instructor assessment is for candidates who have completed the 2-day training course. The award is ideal for people who are looking to work at climbing walls or at venues with permanent or mobile climbing towers.

Course Details

Location: The Reach Climbing Wall – London

Cost: £115 (1 day)

Ratio: 1:6

Level: Instructor


Introduction – Discuss assessment process.

  • Three possible outcomes: Pass, Deferral, Fail.
  • Identification of suitable teaching areas of the climbing wall, discuss pros and cons of different angled roped climbing walls and bouldering areas.
  • Knowledge of climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing: Select and complete two easy warm-up bottom rope climbs, Select and complete an appropriate lead climb (F4+ or above), Use of different belay devices to lead and bottom rope belay, Demonstrate knowledge of different knots to use for tying in the climber, Demonstrate tying off different types of belay devices.

Lunch – Discuss home paper

  • Group management and sessions delivering: Each candidate to set up and deliver different session using appropriate equipment, Each candidate demonstrate appropriate way to kit up the group they are teaching, Examples of the sessions would be: Kids party; School group attending for a school term; NICAS Levels 1,2,3; Taster session with a mix of adults and children; Adult skills course; Advanced Adult skill course.
  • Simple problem solving: Prevention is always better than cure, show knowledge on how to avoid incidents/accidents; Demonstrate tying off a belay plate on someone else; Demonstrate tying off a belay plate on yourself; Releasing a stuck item in a belay; Dealing with a climber who didn’t tie with the proper climbing knot; Demonstrate how to deal with a stuck climber.
  • Bouldering: Give an example of good briefing before bouldering session; Deliver a warm-up game for children; Deliver a warm-up for adults; Deliver a session on teaching specific climbing move with a good demonstration.
  • Train your assistant
  • Debriefs, 1:1 feedback and results

DAtes & Booking

Thursday 8 December
£115 per person
The Reach Climbing Wall – London

Further Information

Before you attend a Climbing Wall Instructor assessment, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must have attended a Climbing Wall Instructor (or Climbing Wall Award) training course or have been granted exemption from training.
  • You must be familiar with the syllabus.
  • You must have logged a minimum of 30 visits to at least three different climbing walls.
  • You must have led a minimum of 40 climbs on climbing walls.
  • You must be confident at leading routes at Fr 4.
  • You must have assisted in the supervision of at least 15 instructed sessions on at least two different walls including a large public facility in a variety of contexts. At least five of these sessions must have personal reflective comments recorded on DLOG.
  • You must hold a current first aid qualification which involved at least one day an element of assessment.

The Climbing Wall Instructor assessment is a minimum of 6 hours.

In preparation for assessment, you can download the Climbing Wall Instructor skills checklist (see the Course Resources tab below). This will help you to when consolidating and developing your experience and skills post-training and pre-assessment.

The period between training and assessment 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 can use the excuse ‘I’m preparing for assessment’ to visit the wall as much as you like!


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.