a must for anyone in the outdoor industry

Learn to be confident in the mountains. This could just be the best time ever to get into the hills and explore the UK’s stunning wild country. If mountains are your happy place, then your perfect course awaits.

What to expect

The Mountain Leader scheme is designed for people who want to lead groups in the mountains, hills and moorlands of the UK and Ireland. If you love being out in the mountains and want to share your enthusiasm with others, become a Mountain Leader and you’ll never look back. Use the excuse 'I'm preparing for my ML’ to have as many mountain adventures as you like!

Mountain Leaders operate the length and breadth of the country with all sorts of groups of people; from Scouts and schoolchildren to outdoor instructors and OAPs; opportunities for passionate Mountain Leaders are countless.

Pre Course Requisites

  • 18+ years
  • You should have at least a year’s worth of experience of mountain walking
  • You should have an interest in leading groups in the mountains
  • You must be a member of BMC - you can join one when you register if needed
  • Must have recorded a minimum of 20 Quality Mountain Days (ideally on DLOG) which can have taken place at any point (pre- or post-registration)
  • Create an account on MT Candidate Management System
  • Register for the Mountain Leader scheme (this costs £49)

Activity Details



Key mountain areas of the UK

01803 862725

6 days

You will need

Recommended Kit – Mountain Leader Qualification

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Suitable fast drying layers for walking
  • Warm insulated layers
  • Walking boots
  • Multiple thick walking of socks
  • Warm hat & gloves
  • Sun protection
  • Headtorch and spare

Download and fill out the Medical + Consent form

Frequently asked questions

How long is the training course valid for?

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What are the required minimum experience levels for the Mountain Leader scheme?

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What about my overseas experience, does that count?

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