Wall Climbing Supervisor (WCSA)

Wall Supervisor Award

The Wall Climbing Supervisor Award provides training and assessment for those who supervise indoor gym climbing as well as bolted top- rope and leading on artificial walls and easily accessible natural crags.

Entry requirements:

Candidates must be at least 18 years old


2 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.


  • Equipment usage and care
  • Top rope anchors using bollards, trees, bolts and spikes
  • Artificial (bolted) anchor points
  • Belay techniques
  • Supervising top roping
  • Supervising bottom roping
  • Supervising bolted lead climbing
  • Supervising bouldering
  • Rock climbing grading systems
  • Rope types and uses, and equipment care
  • Personal abseiling
  • Escaping the system
  • Basic understanding of Fall factors and impact forces in the safety chain
  • Emergency Procedures
  • MDT and NQF training and qualification structure and skills

Scope and remit of the qualification

The award does not cover:
  • Access to any location where escape is not easily possible from the top and the bottom of a climb
  • The skills needed to approach and retreat from mountain crags
  • Multi-pitch rock climbing
  • The use of traditional anchors
  • The skills required to supervise group abseiling