Get away from the paths and enjoy our wild places as a Hill and Moorland Leader. This qualification is ideal for walkers who want to learn the skills required for effective group leadership in the hill and moorland areas of the UK and Ireland.
It is used extensively by those involved with delivering the Duke of Edinburgh's Award as well as many walk leaders and outdoor instructors. Hill and Moorland Leaders operate in terrain that is generally more remote than that used by Lowland Leaders and not as steep or rocky as ground covered by Mountain Leaders.
In a previous life this qualification was called Walking Group Leader (WGL) - in 2014 Mountain Training renamed it and made some minor changes. The 'overnight experience' element of the WGL was removed and a separate Expedition Skills Module which can be 'bolted on' to the Hill and Moorland Leader if you want to increase the scope of your qualification to include overnight expeditions.
The prerequisites for registration are as follows:
You must be at least 18 years old
You should have at least a year’s worth of experience of hill walking
You should have an interest in leading groups in the hills
You must be a member of a mountaineering council: BMC, Mountaineering Scotland or Mountaineering Ireland (you can join one when you register if you're not already a member) - find out why
If you can tick all of the above boxes, here's what to do next:
Create an account on the Mountain Training Candidate Management System or log in if you already have one.
Register for the Hill and Moorland Leader scheme (this costs £45)
Before you book onto a Hill and Moorland Leader training course, make sure you have done the following:
You must be registered on the scheme
You must have recorded a minimum of 20 Quality Hillwalking Days on appropriate terrain (ideally on DLOG) which can have taken place at any point (pre- or post-registration)