Multi-pitch Supervisor (MPSA)

Multi Pitch Supervisor Award

The Multi-pitch Supervisor Course provides training for those who supervise those wishing to learn to lead multi-pitch climbs. The course covers both Sport and Traditional climbing in a single and multi-pitch context. The M.P.S.A is the Feeder Course for the Rock Climbing or Mountaineering Instructor Award.

Entry requirements:

  • Candidates must be at least 18 years old
  • Candidates are required to demonstrate experience of the concepts covered in the Single Pitch Supvervisor and Abseil Supervisor Awards.

Training: 3 days


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


  • Equipment usage and care
  • Access & the environment
  • Knowledge of, selection and placing protection equipment, including multi-point anchors
  • The science of climbing, including impact forces and fall factors
  • Route finding
  • Lead climbing
  • Multi pitch climbing including single and double rope techniques
  • Escaping/retreat from multi pitch routes
  • Avoiding and solving common problems
  • Rope management, knots, running belays
  • Abseiling from improvised anchor points
  • 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
  • The supervision or leadership of other climbers
  • Aid climbing