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  • Writer's pictureAmy Dunis

What does having an AMI accredited instructor mean?

AMI stands for the Association of Mountaineering Instructors. The Association is the representative body for professionally qualified Mountaineering and Climbing Instructors in the UK and Ireland.

What is the benefit of having an AMI member as an instructor?

Having an AMI member as an instructor for your climbing, scrambling or winter skills course provides you with reassurance that your instructor is qualified, highly experienced, undergone rigorous training and assessment and is up-to-date, engaging in continuous professional development. AMI members are required to adhere to the following:

  • Continual Professional Development

  • Professional Standards

  • Code of Conduct

How can I tell if my instructor is an AMI Instructor?

You can look for the AMI logo or search for them on the AMI member database.

What does it take to become a member of AMI?

AMI members are highly experienced mountaineers and climbers who have undergone rigorous training and assessment to qualify under the Mountain Training UK (MTUK) Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Scheme. AMI members will have spent copious amounts of personal time in summer and winter conditions on mountains, crags and ridge lines around the world. To be an AMI member you also need to achieve and maintain one of the following awards:

Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI formerly MIA)

Mountaineering and Climbing Instructors are qualified to instruct mountaineering in non-winter conditions including all aspects of rock climbing, both single and multi-pitch, plus hill walking and scrambling.

Some instructors also hold the Winter Mountain Leader qualification which allows them to lead mountain walking in winter.

Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor

Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructors are qualified to instruct the same aspects of mountaineering as a Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, and in addition also technical snow and ice climbing and winter mountaineering. Instructors with this qualification will have already passed the Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, and Winter Mountain Leader (Winter ML) qualifications, after which they undertake further training and assessment in teaching winter climbing and mountaineering. (This award was formally known as the 'MIC')

Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor trainees

Are members who are yet to pass the assessment but have undergone a nine day training course. They will hold the Mountain Leader and or Winter Mountain Leader qualification and some will also be qualified Rock Climbing Instructors.

Are Highland Adventure School's Instructors members of AMI?

Highland Adventure School takes pride in offering high quality courses and providing you with the best knowledge, experience and learning. Highland Adventure School's guides are AMI members. Have a look at Head Instructor, Jonny Hawkins AMI profile.

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