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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.

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 ML 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."

Client Base

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 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
  • Trekforce

Fast Track ML

Summer ML Training for those who hold the WGL Award

If you have passed your WGL, then why not take advantage of our shortened and cheaper fast track course. This course is 4 days in duration, instead of the normal 6 days. We can achieve this, by taking advantage of your prior learning contained within your WGL. We recap on all aspects of the generic skills found within the WGL and focus on the additional skills in greater depth. At the end of the 4 days you will be converse with the summer ML Award. This course has been endorsed by MTE.

For full details visit courses page by following this link.

Courses Dates

ML Training Dates 2015

Arrive Sunday evening and course starts Monday morning:

14th to 20th June
16th to 22nd August
18th to 24th October


Courses below are arrive Sunday evening and course starts Monday morning:

19th to 24th April
14th to 19th June
16th to 21st August
18th to 23rd October

Fees for ML Training and Assessment

Non Residential: £360.00 for all 2015 courses (includes 2 evening meals).

Fully residential: £425.00 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.

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.

Students can claim a discount. This will only be given with proof and up to date student card:

Residential: £325.00
Non Residential: £260.00

LJMU and Worcester University, please contact the centre for prices as we are in partnership with the university.

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.

Training :  

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

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.

Registration with Mountain Training Boards

In order to attend any ML Training Course within the UK you must be registered with one of the Mountain Leader boards that govern the awards.

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

In order to register with any of the Mountain Leader boards within the UK, you are required to be a member of the British Mountaineering Council.

Visit the following link to join: http://www.thebmc.co.uk/Pages.aspx?page=46

To view the Mountain Leader Training Syllabus visit: http://www.mltuk.org/ml.php

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