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. You’ll also complete a 1 night expedition with a wild camp during the week.


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


Course Details

Course Cost £410.00 per person
Course Duration Six (6) days inc. one (1) night expedition
Course Date(s) 16 - 21 Sep 2024

The six (6) day Mountain Leader training is £410 per person, with the option to pay a 30% deposit to secure your place. We can also send the invoice to your employer - just select this option when you check out.

Mountain Training registration costs

As the awarding body, Mountain Training requests all candidates register before beginning training: the current cost of registration is £65. If you’re not already registered with Mountain Training, the RAW team will guide you through the registration process after you’ve booked.

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