Outdoor Qualifications

Through our sister company Adventure Expertise, we deliver Mountain Training National Governing Body training and assessment courses - qualifications that can be used for DofE expeditions and beyond.

Adventure Expertise

Lowland Leader Award (LLA)

For those taking groups out in lowland areas of the UK. The Lowland Leader Award is of particular relevance for:

  • Teachers wanting to lead Bronze DofE expedition groups.
  • Schools looking to train volunteers or teachers to help oversee expedition activities, fieldwork, activities, visits and training in lowland areas.
  • Gold DofE participants who have completed their DofE award and would like to progress to leading groups, training young people, or as a first step into a career in the outdoor industry.
  • Teachers or volunteers who want to lead walking clubs or groups.

You need to complete a training and assessment course (4 days in total) where you will cover the Lowland Leader award syllabus and have plenty of opportunity to put your skills into practice.

Lowland Leader Award Courses


Expedition Skills Module (ESM)

The Expedition Skills Module is an optional module available to walking leaders where you will be trained and assessed to lead groups on multi day camping expeditions.

The module also looks at the important skill of remote supervision which is a key component when leading DofE expeditions. The module is two days long with an overnight camp.

Both Lowland Leader and Hill & Moorland Leaders are required to undertake the Expedition Skills Module if they wish to lead groups on expeditions with overnight camping.

Expedition SKills Module courses


Mountain Leader Award (ML)

This award enables holders to lead groups on walks in the mountains, hills and moors of the U.K. in summer conditions.

On behalf of Mountain Training UK we provide Mountain Leader Training and Assessment courses, which we run in the Lake District and Snowdonia.

As part of our not for profit status, we now welcome applications from staff who wish to gain their Mountain Leader Award to lead young people in the outdoors. Visit our Adventure Expertise website for more information on how you can access our ML bursary.

Mountain Leader courses & bursaries


First Aid Courses

We run ITC certificated first aid courses throughout the year. The 16-hour Outdoor First Aid course is designed to equip holders of all outdoor NGB qualifications with the skills to deal with illnesses, injuries and medical emergencies that may unfold while you are working with groups on the hill.

You must hold a current 16-hour first aid certificate for all Mountain Training NGB awards to be valid.

First Aid Courses

Looking to book?

You can find out more information and book our Leadership Training Courses by visiting our sister company's website.

Adventure Expertise