Established in 1994 , the South African Mountaineering Training Standards Trust (SAMT)  develops and maintains nationally recognised standards for the many clubs, organisations and individuals active in mountain related activities. The program, managed by the South African Mountaineering Development and Training Trust, a legally constituted body registered with the master of the Supreme Court, coordinates and administers the functioning of the National Training Program. Training and or assessment courses are run by Service Providers approved and accredited by the National Management Committee. Since its introduction, the program has gained the support of many professional, semi-professional and voluntary guides, leaders and instructors active in South Africa’s mountains as well as the World Mountaineering Federation (UIAA).

This website will give prospective climbers, hikers and abseilers the information they need on mountaineering standards in South Africa. The SAMT is the industry standard for mountain skills, training and assessments.

Course Offering

Skills Training
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Courses aimed at the recreational abseiling, hiking and rock climbing enthusiast wanting formal training without the need for assessment.

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

Instructor Training
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Courses and assessments created to ensure standardisation of skills instruction across the SAMT syllabus.

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