What is the NICAS?

The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS)  is a UK wide scheme designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement in indoor climbing. It can be used as a starting point for people wishing to take up climbing and mountaineering and is open to all candidates aged 7 and upwards.

The scheme helps to provide additional structure and motivation for new climbers and allows them to develop their skills in a coherent and recorded way.

Structure of the scheme

The scheme is comprised of five levels of award taking individuals from being complete novices to experienced and competent climbers. The scheme is split into two parts and takes a minimum of 100 hours to complete in its entirety. Part 1 consists of levels 1 and 2 whilst Part 2 contains Levels 3 to 5. Upon registering with an Awarding Centre candidates receive a log booklet for Part 1 and a log folder for Part 2.

The scheme is administered by the Association of British Climbing Walls Training Trust (ABCTT) and is recognised by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, the British Mountaineering Council and the Mountaineering Council of Ireland.  You can incorporate NICAS into Rock Ratz, Climbatize and Group Taster sessions.

Once climbers are at NICAS level 3 or above, they can book onto our NICAS CLUB  to focus on advanced climbing movement and Lead Climbing.Please purchase your NICAS Level 1 and 2 book at reception, costing £4 per book.


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