What is the Mountain Leader qualification?

The Mountain Leader award was established to promote the safe enjoyment of the hills and mountains. The scheme provides training and assessment in the technical and group management skills required by those who wish to lead groups in the mountains, hills and moorlands of the United Kingdom and Ireland, other than in winter conditions. It integrates experience, training and assessment in what could be challenging and testing conditions in mountainous country.

The scope of the award.

The Mountain Leader award trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to lead others on walks in the lowlands, hills and mountains of the UK and Ireland. The scheme does not cover the skills required for the planned use of a rope.


Mountain Leader handbook

Download the handbook here

Do I need to register with Mountain Training?

Candidate Registration Requirements

  • At least 18 years old.
  • A year’s worth of experience of hill walking.
  • An interest in leading groups in the hills.
How do I complete a D-Log entry.