Abseil Supervisor Award (ASA)

Abseil Supervisor

The Abseil Supervisor Award provides training and assessment for those who are in a position of responsibility while supervising abseiling

Entry requirements:

Candidates must be at least 18 years old


4 days


1 day. If the pupil can show extensive prior experience and competence during the course, the instructor may proceed directly into a RPL assessment.

The award covers:

  • Equipment usage and care
  • Personal and group safety at edges
  • Belay techniques
  • Artificial (bolted) anchor points and bollards, trees and spikes
  • Group management
  • Non-releasable abseils
  • Releasable abseils
  • Retrievable abseils
  • Ascending the rope
  • Hauling systems and Pick-offs
  • Passing knots
  • Rope types and uses, and equipment care
  • Considerations and equipment for longer and complex abseils
  • Emergency Procedures
  • MDT and NQF training and qualification structure and skills
  • Scope and remit of the qualification

The award does not cover:

  • The skills needed to approach and retreat from mountain crags
  • Access to any location where escape is not easily possible from the top and the bottom of the abseil site
  • Multiple abseils, or abseils that involve intermediate stances