What is the Rock Skills Qualification?

Rock Skills courses are designed to provide structured training opportunities for people who want to learn more and become independent climbers. There are three different levels so that complete beginners and those with more experience can choose the most appropriate starting point.

Which course is best for me?


This is a one day course providing an introduction to climbing outside on boulders and friendly crags. The focus will be on maximum climbing time, how to move on rock, finding balance and using feet. Basic ropework and belaying will also be included.

Minimum age: 12.
Previous experience required: None


This is a two day course and is all about becoming a confident top rope climber outside. It will cover setting up anchors for top and bottom rope systems as well as the skills required to be a competent second (following a lead climber up a route).

Minimum age: 13
Previous experience required: Rock Skills Introduction or some other climbing experience.

Learn to lead (Trad):

This is a two day course to introduce top rope climbers to lead climbing on trad routes.

Minimum age: 14
Previous experience required: Rock Skills Intermediate or considerable outdoor experience, plus some indoor leading experience.

Rock Skills handbook

You can dowload the handbook here

Do I need to register with Mountain Training?

Yes, to attend the course you will need to pay for a one-off registration which gives you access to either or both courses.

For 12-17 yrs: free
For 18 yrs+: £20