nicas | level 1

National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme

The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) is a UK wide scheme designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement on artificial climbing structures.


Level 1 is the entry level for candidates wishing to learn basic climbing skill on this nationally recognised scheme.
This level focuses on a safety conscious attitude as much as climbing skills.

NICAS Level 1 designed to be easily achievable by any climber with aptitude in a short space of time, whilst remaining under the supervision of an instructor at all times.

There are 6 sessions and an assessment at the end to obtain the NICAS Level 1 certificate.

The duration for each session is 1.5 hours

The course runs for 6 weeks

NICAS logbook are required for this course and are included in the course fee.

Students must bring their own climbing shoes and harness



How old do you have to be to do NICAS Level 1?

7 years old is the minimum age for doing this course at Mountain Extreme. If you have doubts if your child is ready you are welcome to speak to one of our instructors to find out more.


Do I need to do anything prior to booking someone onto the NICAS Level 1 course?

Yes. All minors must be registered with us here at the wall prior to commencing this course. This can be done by filling the disclaimer form online and signing the course contract online ( it has to be completed by a parent or legal guardian). Course fees are paid by credit card on the first day of class.

How long does the course run for?

There are 6 sessions of 1.5hrs duration and it is expected that young people will attend every session.


What happens if my child misses a session(s)?

It is important that your child is present at all the sessions. If any are missed your child may have to attend catch up sessions (at an extra cost) in order to reach the required level for assessment.


How do we know if our child has passed Level 1?

There will be a formal assessment on the last session. At the end of this session the young people will be told if they have met the required standard or not.


What happens if my child attains their Level 1 award?

The instructor will fill out their logbook and pass it on to the NICAS course director for a certificate. Successful young people can then book onto a Level 2 NICAS course


What happens if my child does not pass their Level 1 assessment?

Anyone who does not pass their assessment may be offered a place on the next available Level 1 course.


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