Walking Group Leader Award (WGLA)

Walking Group Leader

The Walking Group Leader award is designed for people who want to lead groups in hill and mountainous areas, on non-technical terrain. With a strong focus on navigation, the award provides the leadership skills required to feel confident about taking people out walking. The award also includes expedition organization skills for multi-day trips.

Entry requirements:

  • Candidates must be at least 18 years old
  • At least 20 quality walking days on appropriate terrain must be recorded in a log book


Minimum course length is 3 days.
  • Candidates with substantial walking experience may apply for exemption from training.


A consolidation period of at least 3 months is recommended to practice skills.


Minimum assessment course length is 2 days.


  • Equipment usage and care
  • Route planning
  • Walking and route finding
  • Navigation
  • Campcraft
  • Responsibilities of the Leader
  • Group management
  • Access, conservation and environmental knowledge
  • Weather
  • Non-technical river crossings
  • Hazards and emergency procedures (not involving steep ground)
  • MDT and NQF training and qualification structure and skills
  • Scope and remit of the qualification

Scope of the Award:

The Walking Group Leader award provides the opportunity to develop and demonstrate the technical competence in leading groups in hilly and non-technical mountain areas. Such areas may be subject to hostile weather and require an element of self-sufficiency that is reflected in the syllabus.
The terrain imagined in this award meets the following criteria:
  • Areas accessed and enclosed by well-defined boundaries such as trails, tracks and paths
  • Areas of limited remoteness that are easily exited in a few hours, returning to a refuge, lodge, hotel or road head
  • Areas where movement on steep or rocky terrain is not required (in either a planned or unplanned situation)
  • Areas of limited altitudinal height where the environmental hazards associated with altitude are not a factor