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Hill and Moorland Leader Award

Please note: dates for training and assessment are the same but they are separate courses. It is essential to read the following information. After successful completion of assessment, a candidate can choose to attend a 2 day Expedition Skills module. See the Countryside Leader Scheme Assessment course.

The Hill and Moorland Leader (HML) is a national award administered by the home nations including Mountain Training England. The HML Award offers the opportunity to develop and demonstrate technical competence in leading groups on walks in open uncultivated, non-mountainous high or wild country in the UK e.g. the Dark Peak or Dartmoor. Before applying candidates should register with the scheme and have completed at least 20 hillwalks. The training course is for potential leaders and assumes a basic competence as a hill walker. Registration is with the MTE www.mountain-training.org Candidates should register with the MTE before applying for the training course.

Assessment takes place after a period of consolidation and after further experience, usually at least 3 to 6 months after a training course. Candidates must have completed a minimum of 40 hill walking days. Candidates must have either completed a WGL/HML training course or gained exemption from training from the MTE or completed ML training and hold a current, valid first aid award (minimum of 16 hour course). In all cases candidates must have registered on the HML scheme.

Training course objectives

  • to provide training in the essential skills of the HML syllabus
  • to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to gain further experience and prepare for assessment. (The training course is not a qualification in itself.)

Contribution to leader competence - assessment course

  • further development of skills, experience and knowledge
  • successful completion will result in the Hill and Moorland Leader Award.

Course dates

Event date Application closing date
Friday 16 to Sunday 18 November 2018 Monday 29 October 2018
Friday 8 to Sunday 10 February 2018 Monday 21 January 2018


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