Learn to confidently lead in the spectacular mountains, hills and moorlands of the UK and Ireland, with this nationally recognised Mountain Leader training course. Developed by renowned awarding body Mountain Training, and delivered by skilled trainers, this 6-day course takes place in several beautiful UK locations in small, personalised groups. If you love being out in the mountains and want to share your enthusiasm with others, become a Mountain Leader and you’ll never look back.

Mountain Leader training is a prerequisite for the Mountain Leader Assessment. On completion of the Assessment, you'll be qualified to safely and effectively lead others in mountain, hill and moorland environments.

Who’s it for?

Mountain Leader training is for anyone who wants to learn effective group leadership in the UK and Ireland’s exhilarating, unpredictable mountain, hill and moorland environments. Mountain Leaders are active across the entire country, working with diverse groups of individuals - from Scouts and schoolchildren to outdoor instructors and senior citizens. The Mountain Leader qualification is incredibly versatile and there are countless opportunities for passionate Mountain Leaders.

You’ll need to be aged 18 or over and have at least a year’s worth of experience of mountain walking. You’ll also need to join either the British Mountaineering Council, Mountaineering Scotland or Mountaineering Ireland if you’re not already a member. If you’re not sure whether your experience is sufficient, get in touch with the RAW team and we’d be happy to guide you.

What will I learn?

Spending six (6) days in some of the UK’s most beautiful landscapes, qualified trainers will guide you through everything you need to know to confidently and safely lead in mountainous terrain, including:

  • Leader responsibilities
  • Leadership and decision making
  • Planning and weather
  • Hazards and emergency procedures
  • Equipment
  • Walking skills
  • Navigation
  • Expedition skills
  • Teaching and Learning Skills
  • Access, conservation and the environment

You’ll be part of a small learning group of just 6 people, ensuring a personalised, fun and friendly learning experience.


I extend my thanks for a truly magical day yesterday on Tryfan. Our group have a varied level of experience and that was managed so well. Everyone had the most exhilarating and incredible day and yet at all times felt perfectly safe – RAW Adventures made our weekend and we thank you for it.

Paul Williams


RAW Adventures are not currently running any Mountain Leader courses directly, but are proud to be able to recommend any of the four following local providers. We work regularly, with all of the below providers and have done for a number of years. This means we can wholeheartedly recommend the quality of all of these courses, and have no doubts you’ll have a wonderful time with all of them! Between these four providers, you’re sure to find a vibe and dates that work for you, so head over and have a look!

P.S. don’t forget to mention you came via RAW – it’s always nice to share experiences!

Bryn Williams Mountaineering

Freedom Outdoors

Mountain Independence

Paul Poole Mountaineering

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