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Course Requirements

The following characteristics are ideal for trainees taking part in the Outdoor Instructor Training Course:

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Motivated and Enthusiastic
  • Passion for the Outdoors and working with people (no cave dwellers)
  • Fit and Healthy
  • Willingness to learn
  • Some outdoor experience eg Duke of Edinburghs, Expeditions, Canoe club etc
  • Personal clothing and footwear (not wetsuits etc )
  • Attended interview day and passed application process
  • Character reference
  • NGB memberships paid
  • Attended Preparation Weekend or an Interview


  • Personal Accident Insurance



Course fees:
2014-15 price is £5999 consisting of:
72% tuition fees - tutored skill development;
24.5% NGB course fees - including NGB course registrations and memberships; and,
3.5% expedition and climbing wall fees.
These fees include transport to the activities, use of technical equipment during training opportunities to borrow equipment once sufficient training is gained to log experience e.g. at weekends, and the use of a bike for the course, if you don’t have your own.

This does not include accommodation other than that required for expeditions. Accommodation is available in our bunkhouse at Lowick Training Centre. Accommodation is provided at a cost of £1400 per person including all bills but not food.

Payments are staggered monthly from the 20th of September for 5 months after an initial deposit is paid to secure your place on the course.

There are payment options available and this training course is approved for a Career Development Loan (CDL). You will need our Learning Provider Number to apply for a CDL, which is 20937. Please find details on In some circumstances grants are available from your local learning skills council or enterprise agency such as Furness Enterprise in the Furness region.


Application Process

We are now accepting applications for the 2015 course. Next course starting September 2015.

1. Complete a Training Course Application Form.doc to start the ball rolling. (Compatible with Windows XP)

2. Attend a preparation weekend and/or an interview day. Please let us know dates that would suit you.

3. You will then be offered a place that you can accept or decline.

4. You will then need to pay a deposit and will receive pre-course preparation advice to advise on experience and kit you should try to acquire prior to the training course.


National Governing Bodies

Find out about all NGB Qualifications by viewing our Qualifications Information Page.

In order for qualifications to be gained and be valid, membership and registrations of the NGB organisations are required. All NGB course fees, registrations and memberships will be completed for you as an individual by RDMH on your behalf and included in the cost of the course but here is a list for your reference.

Mountain Leader Training Registration
Climbing Wall Leader Registration
BMC Membership

UKCC L1 Registration
Star Test fees
BCU Membership comprehensive

SMBLA registration
BCF Bronze membership inc Cycling License


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