How to register as an Accredited Centre



NICAS and NIBAS can only be delivered at approved facilities, known as Accredited Centres. This is to ensure there is consistency nationwide, and between centres, both in facilities and coaching experience. If your centre is open to the public, is a commercial facility, or is used by any groups other than those coached by your own staff, we class it as an Accredited Centre. If your centre is not open to the public and is never used by other groups, you may qualify as an Awarding Organisation. An awarding organisation (example being Sea Cadets) is usually national and is approved to deliver NICAS or NIBAS exclusively to its own members or candidates up to Level 3, at multiple named artificial climbing facilities. The application process for these is the same, but the is different.

To see what levels of NICAS or NIBAS your centre could offer, first check the requirements for structures and for coaches. These are set out in the . Centres offer levels sequentially, but do not have to offer all their levels their wall could deliver e.g. a wall capable of delivery to Level 4 may choose to apply to deliver only to Level 3.

There are four steps required to join as an Accredited Centre, set out in the :

  • Complete an (or if appropriate) and ensure that the Course Director and the Technical Advisor (for NICAS) or Competent Person (for NIBAS) sign their declarations.
  • Choose a Primary Centre who will support you and ask them to countersign it.
  • Book an induction session for your Course Director, your Technical Advisor or Competent Person, and for any coaches who want to deliver the Schemes. If any of these people have already completed an induction within the past three years, provide details on the application form (note: this is subject to verification by the ABCTT, and they may be asked to complete a reinduction as part of your application approval)
  • Send your application and non-refundable registration fee with all its supporting documentation to the ABCTT for review by the Screening Committee. Applications can take around 6-8 weeks and the ABCTT will stay in touch with you by email during this time. If they raise any queries, you’ll be notified straight away.

We'll let you know, in writing, when your application has been reviewed and, if approved, you will be told about any special requirements (such as the Course Director completing a qualification, or the frequency of route-setting being increased).

Each centre's registration is usually valid for twelve months (from date of approval). We'll send an invoice for your next year's registration fee.




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