MLTE – Provider Workshop

As work becomes less hectic in the ‘winter’ months is often allows time for reflection, preparing next years course programme, revamping the website and of course personal development and continued professional development (CPD).

It was therefore with great interest that I set off to the Forest of Dean to attend an Mountain Leader Training England (MLTE) to be run by Mal Creasey and Andy Saye as part of my ongoing CPD.  The format of the course was as follows:

Morning Session

  • Updates from the BMC and the Mountain Leader Training Boards;
  • Common problems identified from moderations (too much chat seemed to be a common theme);
  • Completing the course paperwork (or how not to give Mal a headache when he receives it!); and
  • Open question & answer session.

Afternoon Session
There was a choice of navigation games or a session on common problems experienced in running the climbing awards, which as the one I opted. This session entailed:

  • Update on appropriate techniques;
  • What makes a system safe (no it isn’t the instructors preferred method of operation);
  • Being a good role model for candidates;
  • Running a relaxed training & assessment course;
  • Introducing lead climbing falls for the recently introduced Climbing Wall Leader Award (CWLA) by Joby; and
  • Open question & answer session.

As is usual for a course of this type it raised more questions than it answered and caused some lively debate!

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