Our Nationally Accredited Mountain Skills Assessment will test your personal hiking skills. The assessment is suitable for anyone wishing to advance their navigational skills or anyone planning to enroll in the Mountain Leader Award.
What is involved in a Mountain Skills Assessment?
After you complete your training a period of consolidation is required. This time frame is generally used to practice the skills learned over the training and to log hikes, in your official logbook. If you don’t have a logbook please contact us and we can supply you with one.
A minimum of 14 walks in a number of different mountain areas of Ireland should be recorded.
The hikes should meet the following criteria:
- To take place in a recognised hill/mountain environment of Ireland or the UK
- The candidate should have personally played an active part in organising and implementing the day
- The route should not solely follow a way-marked way or path.
- Should provide an opportunity to use relevant skills learned through training
- Be a minimum of four hours duration
- Not a repeat of an already logged walk.
The Mountain Skills Assessment is held over two days, and comprises both written and practical evaluation, including a night navigation exercise, please read over the course material before taking an assessment.
A valid outdoor first aid certificate is also required, full details of which can be found in the syllabus documentation here
Assessment can again be arranged for groups and individuals. The ratio for assessments is one assessor to four candidates.