The Rock Climbing Development Instructor RCDI is administered by the Mountain Training and trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to teach lead climbing on single pitch crags, sport venues and climbing walls. As such it is seen as an essential qualification for those wishing to develop and coach both experienced and novice lead climbers.

The rock climbing development instructor is also a vital tool for climbers wanting to review their personal skills, allowing them to expand their knowledge of current best practise.

To be awarded the RCDI a candidate must complete the training course and pass the separate assessment. Candidates should leave a minimum of 12 months between training and assessment courses in order to consolidate the techniques learned and to develop their own personal and group skills.

Before you come on a training course you must have registered for the award with the Mountain Training by sharing your DLOG with them.

Candidate Registration Requirements

  • Be a qualified Rock Climbing Instructor

  • Must have delivered a minimum of 20 days as a Rock Climbing Instructor at a variety of venues and with a variety of groups, recorded in DLOG

  • Have led a minimum of 60 named single pitch routes using leader placed protection in three different climbing areas at VS 4c or above and logged them in DLOG.

  • Must have led a minimum of 60 sport climbs in three different climbing areas at 6a or above and logged them in DLOG. Up to 50% of this experience can be outside the UK and Ireland.


The four day training course. covers such skills as:

teaching and coaching lead climbing indoors ad on single pitch sport and trad crags

rope systems and management

session planning and feedback

emergency procedures

crag etiquette and access and conservation

At the end of the course all candidates will receive one to one feedback from the instructor giving them a detailed overview of any potential areas that need work and a realistic timescale to assessment. Download programme here.


The three day assessment will cover all areas of the syllabus. You will be assessed at your personal climbing and teaching lead climbing at sport and trad crags. Download program here.


All RCDI courses take place in the Peak District near Hathersage. Please see the course dates for specific details, and booking. If you are a large group of 4 or more we will be able to offer you alternative dates. Please contact us for more details.