Caldecotte Xperience


Climbing Wall Leading Award Assessment (CWLA):
This higher award 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 acquired in either the Climbing Wall Award or Single Pitch Award award, one of which candidates must hold to access the CWLA scheme.

To register on the CWLA, you must already have completed either:

  • Climbing Wall Award
  • Single Pitch Award

Registration is an application process to MTE, where your experience of logged sessions as a CWA or SPA, along with your personal indoor climbing experience is taken into account as part of the application process.

The minimum pre-requirements for this experience include:

  • 50 led routes
  • Climbed at 3 different major climbing walls
  • Belayed a led climber 50 times
  • 25 lead routes at grade F6a
  • 20 supervising sessions post CWA or SPA


CWA Training and Assessment:
Climbing Wall Award (including abseil module): This award trains candidates in the skills required to supervise climbers on purpose built artificial climbing walls and boulders. The CWA does not include the skills and techniques required to teach lead climbing.

Candidates wishing to register with the Award must:

  • Have a genuine interest in climbing and the supervision of groups on climbing walls.
  • Have at least six months experience of using a variety of climbing walls.
  • Be not less than seventeen years of age at the date of registration. Candidates may undertake training after their seventeenth birthday but may not attend an assessment course until after their eighteenth birthday.
  • Be an individual or club member (of an affiliated club) of a Mountaineering Council such as the BMC.

To join this course you need to provide your registration details for the Mountaineering council such as the BMC.


Working with young people with additional needs

We have some of the best additional needs facilities in the region and are the only local provider with adapted equipment and trained staff who can support young people with disabilities to fully participate in outdoor adventure learning and residential stays. We strive to ensure that the widest range of activities and programmes are available and accessible, even for young people with the most complex needs.