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Mountain Instructor Award (M.I.A)

The Mountaineering Instructors Award provides comprehensive assessment for individuals working as instructors in a voluntary capacity, privately or at mountaineering centers. It integrates training and assessment in a variety of testing conditions in mountainous country.
The program provides assessment in the skills required to teach and assess, general mountaineering, mountain hiking, mountain leadership and rock climbing and to conduct all courses and assessments of the MDT.
Some instructors will not teach certain aspects and can therefore omit the KLOOFING aspect, in which case the award will be endorsed with NO KLOOFING.

The Mountaineering Instructors Award provides comprehensive assessment for individuals working as instructors in a voluntary capacity, privately or at mountaineering centers. It integrates training and assessment in a variety of testing conditions in mountainous country.
The program provides assessment in the skills required to teach and assess, general mountaineering, mountain hiking, mountain leadership and rock climbing and to conduct all courses and assessments of the MDT.
Some instructors will not teach certain aspects and can therefore omit the KLOOFING aspect, in which case the award will be endorsed with NO KLOOFING.

Requirements prior to assessment:

Must hold RCI and MLI awards.

The assessment covers:

    • The syllabi of:
      • Hiking Skills
      • Abseiling Skills
      • Rock Climbing Skills
      • Ice Climbing Skills
      • Snow Climbing Skills
      • Kloofing (Canyoning, Canyoneering) skills (Optional)
    • Abseil Supervisor Award
    • Kloofing Leader Award (Optional)
    • Single Pitch Supervisor Award
    • Multi-pitch Supervisor Award
    • Walking Group Leader Award
    • Mountain Leader Award
    • International Mountain Leader Award
    • Mountain Leader Instructor
    • Rock Climbing Instructor
    • Checking of prescribed minimum experience requirements
    • Teaching methods of the syllabi
    • MDT administration
    • Assessment process and standards of MDT Awards
    • Personal climbing ability:
      • Lead a multi-pitch traditional rock-climb (no. of pitches: ≥6; grade: ≥16) with at least one assessor accompanying the climb.
        • The climb must be completed in good and safe style and the assessor may at their discretion ask for certain safety or rescue skills to be demonstrated.
        • This practical examination must form part of the overall assessment and may not be by-passed.
      • Lead a multi-pitch ice climb (no. of pitches: ≥3; grade: ≥WI4) with at least one assessor accompanying the climb.
        • The climb must be completed in good and safe style and the assessor may at their discretion ask for certain safety or rescue skills to be demonstrated.
        • This practical examination must form part of the overall assessment and may not be by-passed.
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