International Mountain Leader Award

Instruction Duration:
4 days
Consolidation Period:
Assessment Duration:
4+ days


  • The mountain environment
  • An overview of the legal and economic situation in which IML award holders work
  • Group management and the responsibilities of the leader
  • Teaching techniques
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Physical ability and fitness
  • Advanced navigation
  • Weather and climate
  • Security in mountainous terrain
  • Bivouac and survival skills
  • Expedition management
  • Snow-covered terrain
  • Emergency procedures
  • MDT and NQF training and qualification structure and skills

Scope of the Award:

The Award provides training and assessment in the skills required for leading and educating groups worldwide in summer conditions and also on easy snow covered, rolling, Nordic type terrain in the “middle mountains” in winter conditions. The scheme does not involve the techniques and equipment of alpinism or glacial travel.

Courses (and associated assessment) aimed at the abseiling, hiking and rock climbing supervisor responsible for group activities.

Courses are designed to flow in a complimentary system toward each level. Some systems (R.I.A / K.I.A) require additional modules as their scope of operation overlaps with those programs. For example a Rock or Kloofing Instructor requires Walking Group Leader as a supplement. Likewise an M.I.A can have Kloofing exclusion.


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