Mountain Leader Award (ML)
Blue Peris is one of the larger providers of Summer Mountain Leader training and assessment courses within the UK; it is not something we do on an ad hoc basis. We have been delivering courses for over 25 years and all our staff work with young people and adults taking them out into the hills for the first time summer and winter, alongside a mixture of working Scottish winter and trekking in Europe.
Our centre is superbly situated in the heart of Snowdonia overlooking Snowdon itself and the village of Llanberis. This wonderful and inspiring location allows us easy access to all the major mountain ranges of North Wales - where better to undertake your Summer Mountain Leader Training or Assessment course.
We have been approved by Mountain Training England (MTE) and Mountain Training Wales/Cymru (MTW) for the delivery of these courses.
Our course ethos is to offer a personal, friendly, and relaxing learning/assessment environment, with an up to date and exciting course programme.
Our staff are at the heart of what we deliver and this is one of the key strengths of a course at Blue Peris. They are all very enthusiastic, passionate, highly qualified, and experienced in the delivery of the ML Award, they are also very experienced in working with groups throughout the UK, Europe and further afield.
"My name is Andy Coopland. I live in Nepal and returned to the U.K. last year to complete my Q.M.D.s / ML Training and Assessment at Blue Peris - all in about 10 weeks. It's now been about 11 months since I did my training with Blue Peris. I took the Assessment 2 weeks after that and passed. It was obvious on the Assessment that Blue Peris is a top institution where all the skills needed to lead groups safely and responsibly are taught to a very high standard. You have a great team and I have recommended Blue Peris to many people and companies I have had contact with. Thanks for all your help."
ML Training Dates 2016
Courses below are arrive Sunday evening and course starts Monday morning: Finish on the Saturday
10th to 16th April
29th to 4th May / June
21st to 27th August
20th to 26th November
ML ASSESSMENT Dates 2016
Courses below are arrive Sunday evening and course starts Monday morning: Finish on the Friday
10th to 15th April
29th to 3rd May/June
21st to 26th August
20th to 26th November
Fees for ML Training and Assessment
Our prices reflect our desire to offer affordable training without compromising on quality.
Non Residential: £360.00 for all 2016 courses (includes 2 evening meals).
This cost includes evening meals when evening lectures are given on the programme, transport whilst on the course, all instruction and access to a variety of specialist equipment.
Fully residential: £399.00 for all 2015 courses all catering supplied within centre.
This includes all board and accommodation, transport whilst on course, all instruction and access to a variety of specialist equipment.
Students can claim a discount. This will only be given with proof and up to date student card:
Non Residential: £260.00
LJMU and Worcester University, please contact the centre for prices as we are in partnership with the university.
How to book
Download a PDF booking form (see base of page) complete and send to the centre with payment. Payment can be made by credit card over the phone or by cheque or bank transfer.
Further Information, frequently asked questions and sample programme.
See the PDF download at the base of the page.
Our clients visit us from all over the UK and come from all walks of life. We have hosted a wide range of people, including , trainee instructors, teachers, youth workers, police officers, fire fighters, instructors, parents, volunteers, scout leaders, and even midwives. In addition to this, we can provide specific courses for any organisation on request.
We also provide courses for:
- Worcester University
- World Challenge
- I M Marsh (Liverpool John Moores University)
- Staffordshire University
- MET Police
Fast Track ML
A shorter Summer ML Training course for those who hold the WGL or Hill and Moorland Leader Award
If you have completed your WGL or Hill and Moorland leader assessment and wish to undertake your Summer ML Training then this is the course for you. It allows you to gain your Summer ML training in 4 days without having to undertake the standard 6 day ML training course. This is possible as this course accredits prior learning from previous award that is applicable to the ML scheme.
Visit this link for further details.
Registration to Undertake your Summer Mountain Leader Award
In order to attend any summer Mountain Leader Training Course within the UK you must be registered with one of the Mountain Traning boards that govern the awards, the BMC and what is known as the Candidate Management System ( CMS ). This whole process is out of the hands of Blue Peris and is what all potential candidates have to follow.
1) Visit the Mountain Training website by following this link and register - There is no fee for this - Click on the CMS option ( which at the time of writing, is to be found on the top right hand corner of the page ). Once you register you will receive your unique Mountain Training reference number. This will be yours and will stay the same for life. Imagine this process is like registering for an account with say Amazon, E Bay, Facebook or your car insurance company.
If you have registered for others awards run by Mountain Training you will already have this unique number. However, if you have not registered onto the CMS you will have to do so.
2 ) If you're not a member of the British Mountaineering Council ( BMC ) then you need to join for 1 year in order to register on the Summer Mountain Leader Award. Follow this link. There is a one off fee for this. You are not able to register for the Summer Mountain Leader Award unless you have a BMC membership number. In the past, if you register on line with the BMC, it could take up to 10 days to get your BMC membership number. Therefore, if you're registering with the BMC before attending a training course at the last minuite it is best to phone the BMC to register.
3 ) Finally register for the award with one of the Mountain Traning Boards - There is a one off payment for this stage.
To register with Mountain Training Wales/Cymru MTW go to: Mountain Training Wales
To register with Mountain Training England MTE go to:>Mountain Training England
A copy of the syllabus can be found in the downloads section at the base of the page.
Changes to Training and Assessment syllabus October 2013
From October 2013, Blue Peris will be running their training and assessment courses in line with changes made by Mountain Training UK, Mountain Training England and Mountain Training Wales.
The changes are as follows.
Candidates do not need to be taught the skills of river crossing using the rope.
Candidates do not need to be taught, lowering members of thier group in an improvised harness, such as the Thompson Knot harness.
Candidates will not be required to demonstrate the use of the Thompson Knot or any other improvised harness which may have been required to lower members of their group down steep / very steep terrain.
Candidates will not be required to know or understand the skills required to cross rivers using the ROPE
Documents are available as Adobe PDF files. If you do not have the Adobe PDF reader simply click here to download it free of charge.