All coaches and staff who deliver NICAS sessions need an induction. For NICAS Climbing and NICAS Bouldering, there are three levels of induction:
Type Who delivers? Who is this for? More info
Tier 1
NICAS Coach Development Team
  • Mandatory: Course Directors, Assistant Course Directors, Technical Advisors, Competent Persons, external/freelance coaches.
  • Optional: Other coaching staff, admin staff or individuals supporting an accredited centre application.
  • 3-hour online webinar: £29.99+VAT per person. Check our induction dates
  • Counts as CPD for Mountain Training.
  • Contact us if you would prefer to book an on-site workshop: £250+VAT for up to 9 participants
Tier 2
(Primary Centre)
Course Director at the Primary Centre supporting that Awarding Centre Course Directors, Assistant Course Directors or coaches at Awarding Centres (whether current or aspirant) Contact your Primary Centre for dates and details.* Allow around 3 hours.
Tier 3
Course Director, Technical Advisor or Competent Person for the existing Accredited Centre who has received a Tier 1 or Tier 2 inductionAll coaches delivering NICAS sessions Delivered in-house and can be tailored to your centre's specific needs.

Further information

  • *We are no longer accepting primary centre applications, and many new accredited centres interact directly with NICAS for training, logbooks and session support. All centres are encouraged to book an online induction or bespoke workshop led by the NICAS Coach Development Team.
  • Inductions are also required for our other two schemes, NICAS Wild Climbers and NICAS Clip - these have no tiers. If you’re an existing accredited centre running NICAS Climbing or NICAS Bouldering, the Course Director plus any Assistant Course Directors need to do an online induction for the new scheme, then run an in-house induction for other coaches. If your centre does not deliver NICAS Climbing or NICAS Bouldering, your centre will need an annual workshop for coaches to deliver NICAS Wild Climbers or NICAS Clip.
  • We encourage Course Directors, Assistant Course Directors, Technical Advisors and Competent Persons to attend a NICAS-hosted induction every 3 years. Please contact NICAS if you are unsure whether a refresher is necessary.
  • If you are a Course Director or Assistant Course Director and your last induction was before April 2017, you will need to book a new NICAS-hosted induction.
  • Freelance coaches must receive an induction from the NICAS Coach Development Team.
  • In-house coaches require a documented in-house induction or refresher every 3 years.
  • Unable to find a suitable date/time in our induction calendar? Contact us to request a bespoke online induction for a minimum of two people.

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