Mountain leader courses

Walking leadership courses

If you’re interested in leading Lowland, hill or mountain based expeditions the following awards can be accessed through the RAF Air Cadets. Take a look through the requirements and see which best suits your experience. By clicking on the links below you can find out more about duration and content of the courses.

Mountain Leader (ML) Courses

This qualification allows you to lead and supervise expeditions in the mountainous regions of the UK. Find details online by visiting the Mountain Training website here.

Mountain Leader Training Courses

Before applying for these courses, you must register with Mountain Training, obtain a Digital logbook (DLog) and fill in your pre-training hill-walking experience. This must be a minimum of 20 quality mountain days (QMDs).

Mountain Leader Refresher

The aim of this course is to provide personnel who have completed the training course with an opportunity to refresh their skills either in preparation for attending an assessment course or as continuation training following assessment.

Mountain Leader Assessment

To apply for this course, you must have logged a minimum of 40 QMDs. This experience should be gained in at least three different regions of the UK and Ireland and should include at least eight nights camping, four of which should be wild camping. You must also hold a current first aid certificate. Experience gained in other mountain activities is useful but not required.

Hill and Moorland Leader (HML) Courses

This qualification allows you to lead and supervise expeditions in the upland regions of the UK. Find details online by visiting the Mountain Training website here.

Hill and Moorland Leader Training Courses

Before applying for these courses, you must register with Mountain Training, obtain a Digital logbook (DLog) and fill in your pre-training hill-walking experience. This must be a minimum of 20 quality Hill and Moorland days (QHDs).

Hill and Moorland Leader Assessment

To apply for this course, you must have logged a minimum of 40 QHDs. This experience should be gained in at least three different regions of the UK and Ireland. You must also hold a current first aid certificate. Experience gained in other mountain activities is useful but not required.

Lowland Leader Courses

This qualification allows you to lead and supervise expeditions in the upland regions of the UK. Find details online by visiting the Mountain Training website here.

Lowland Leader Training Courses

These courses are offered by RAFAC at a Region or Wing level, details can be obtained from your RATTO or WATTO

Before applying for these courses, you must register with Mountain Training, obtain a Digital logbook (DLog) and fill in your pre-training walking experience. This must be a minimum of 10 varied walks in lowland terrain.

Lowland Leader Assessment Courses

To apply for this course, you must have logged a minimum of 20 walks in lowland countryside in different types of terrain. You must also hold a current first aid certificate. Experience gained in other mountain activities is useful but not required.

Expedition Skills Module

This qualification is a bolt on to the Lowland Leader and Hill and Moorland Leader schemes that allows you to lead and supervise overnight camping. Find details online by visiting the Mountain Training website here

Expedition Skills Module Training and Assessment

The Expedition Skills Module is a combined training and assessment course. To apply for this course, you must have passed a Lowland Leader or Hill and Moorland Leader assessment and logged an absolute minimum of 10 overnight camps; ideally in a variety of contexts including assisting with at least two group camps. You must also hold a current first aid certificate. 

‘Top up your Log Book’ Mountain Walking

These courses are an opportunity for mountain leader candidates to gain QMDs in North Wales and the Lake District. You must have completed the ML(S)/HML training course before applying for this course.

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