Instructor Development Programme

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Our 12 month instructor development programme is ideal for anyone wanting to start a career in the outdoors to become an outdoor instructor. We’ll focus on developing your instructing and coaching skills with the aim of helping you to progress and achieve a range of mountain qualifications such as the Mountain Leader Award, Rock Climbing Instructor, and Foundation Coach. We offer a fully tailored programme so that it can be customised to your ability and aspirations so that you can progress swiftly and safely. Due to the flexibility provided by this tailored approach it possible to do it alongside a full time job.

Over the duration of the course you’ll get 24 development days with one of our core team of mountaineering instructors, who are all experienced and active MIC’s.  Every month you’ll get a one hour development meeting with your dedicated programme mentor and the opportunity to shadow and assist on a wide range of courses from DofE programmes to learn to lead rock climbing courses through to guided winter mountaineering courses and performance ice climbing coaching. In addition to this we’ll pay 50% towards any mountain training course fees, up to a maximum of £1000, that you attend during the 12 months. Plus we’ll also give you a 25% discount on any Adventure Expertise courses you may wish to attend during your programme and for up to one year afterwards.

Course Price

£4900 per person.

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  • When does the programme start?

    This course is tailored to you so the start date can be whenever you like.

  • What's included?
    • 24 development days, which can be split however you like and delivered on dates of your own choosing.
    • A one hour development meeting with your mentor each month.
    • A contribution of 50%, maximum limit £1000, towards any mountain training courses undertaken during the programme.
    • The option to shadow or assist on as many of our courses as you like.
    • A 25% discount on any Adventure Expertise courses during the programme and for up to one year afterwards.
    • Access to our extensive kit store and the free use of our kit e.g. waterproofs, tents, sleeping bags, books and maps, rock climbing kit, ice axes crampons etc
    • Access to our kit deals with leading brands.
  • Do I need any previous outdoor experience?

    Whether you happen to have done lots in the outdoors before, or nothing at all,  then this course will be tailored to your ability and aspirations. Your mentor will establish where you are at and where you want to get to and then together you’ll design a 12 month programme that works for you.

  • Who will be mentoring me?

    For the whole 12 months you will have a dedicated mentor who you will meet once a month for a one hour development meeting. This meeting can be done face to face at our training centre in Hathersage or via phone or skype depending on your location.


    Your mentor will be one of our core staff team; either Jake, Andy or Cat. We will involve you in the decision of who you will have as your mentor. For more information about our core staff team then please click here.

Private Course

We only run this course privately as this enables us to tailor it to your previous experience and aspirations so that you can get the most out of your time with us.

This coupled with the fact that we only use the UK’s highest qualified instructors means that you can progress at a rate that suits you whilst gaining significant confidence in your ability.


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