The CWDI
qualification trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to teach lead climbing skills on indoor or outdoor artificial climbing walls and structures with fixed protection. It builds on the skills gained through either the Climbing Wall Instructor or Rock Climbing Instructor qualifications, one of which must be held in order to access the scheme.

This qualification used to be called Climbing Wall Leading Award which was revised following a review and relaunched under this new name on 2nd April, 2018.

Is it for me?

The prerequisites for registration are as follows:

  • You must hold either the Climbing Wall Instructor or the Rock Climbing Instructor qualification.

If you can tick all of the above boxes, here's what to do next:

Training

  • You must be registered on the scheme.

You must have an up to date logbook (preferably DLOG) with evidence of the following:

  • 50 led routes.
  • Climbed at 3 different major climbing walls.
  • Belayed a lead climber 50 times.
  • 25 lead routes at grade F6a on indoor climbing walls.
  • 20 supervising sessions after passing either Climbing Wall Instructor or Rock Climbing Instructor qualifications. At least 5 of these sessions must have personal reflective comments recorded on DLOG.

Training typically lasts for one day (minimum 8 hours contact time).

Consolidation

Consolidate your experience. Candidates will generally see 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, candidates 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 three 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.

Assessment

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.
  • 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.