Climbing Wall Development Instructor – Assessment

1-day CWDI assessment 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: The Reach Climbing Wall and The Castle Climbing Centre

Cost: £115 (1 day)

Ratio: 1:4

Level: Instructor


Introduction – Discuss assessment process.

  • Three possible outcomes: Pass, Deferral, Fail.
  • You will be required to demonstrate your personal competency before we move on to you having time to demonstrate your knowledge and ability to structure a lead climbing session. We will also be looking for you to show how you manage progressions in an informative and fun way.

Lunch – Discuss home research paper

  • This is an assessment but we will take the opportunity to help you develop your skills and knowledge so you are always learning. We hope you come away from the assessment, not only successful, but also ready to be the best instructor you can be for your groups whilst always developing your knowledge and skills.
  • Debriefs, 1:1 feedback and results

DAtes & Booking

Wednesday 22 June
£115 per person
The Reach Climbing Wall – London

Friday 25 November
£115 per person
Castle Climbing Wall – London

Further Information

Before you book onto a Climbing Wall Development Instructor assessment, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must have attended a Climbing Wall Development Instructor (or Climbing Wall Leading Award) training course or have been granted exemption from training.
  • You must be familiar with the syllabus.
  • You must have logged a minimum of 100 different lead climbs, at least half of which must be a grade of French 6a or above at 3 different major climbing walls.
  • You must have assisted or observed at least 5 teaching leading sessions delivered by a suitably qualified person. These 5 sessions must have personal reflective comments recorded on DLOG. (For guidance see question 3 in the DLOG section on this page.)
  • You must have physically attended and completed (i.e. not online) a first aid course which involved at least one full day or eight hours of instruction and included an element of assessment.

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

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.