Current Planned Courses

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Important information on LCMLA training & assessment courses
Please note there are prerequisites to attending a training course, including registering with the BCA (click here). Before committing to a training or assessment course please ensure you’ve downloaded and read the most recent BCA LCMLA Handbook, in particular section 3.2.2 on Prior Experience.

All training and assessment courses must now be registered with the BCA at least 7 days before an assessment or 1 month for training courses, so please get in touch as soon as possible it you’d like to arrange a course


Private, Independent or Tailored Courses

The following courses can be arranged at convenient dates. Given enough notice I can normally accommodate courses, alternatively my availability calendar may help give you an idea as to when I’m free. 

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Level 1 Local Mine Training Course

Course Duration: 2 days

Cost: £150

Places: 6 (note this course needs at least 3 candidates to run)

Venue: Betws y Coed

Director: Gethin Thomas

This 2 day course will covers the Level 1 Local Mine Leader Award syllabus as outlined in the BCA handbook.

LCMLA Mine Leader Training

Assisted hand-line underground

During the course candidates will look at the skills required to lead groups in horizontal mine systems under the LCMLA scheme. During the 2 days candidates will look at the outline of the LCMLA scheme, geology and mining processes associated with both metal and stone mines with a particular emphasis on those found in North Wales, risk identification and management, navigation underground, personal and group kit, and simple rope techniques through a series of classroom and practical sessions, including at least 2 trips underground.

There are no prerequisites to attending this training course, other than registering with the BCA LCMLA scheme (which must be completed before attending), however candidates should be comfortable exploring underground to get the most out of the 2 days.

Candidates should provide their own lunch and personal protective equipment for the course, including appropriate helmet and light, broad/load bearing belt and cows tails (made up of good quality dynamic rope). Replacement rope for cows tails will be available to purchase during the course, but please get in touch in advance so we can get these for you. Candidates should also be prepared to travel to various sites in their own transport.

Level 2 Local Mine Training Course (inc. Tyrolean for groups)

Course Duration: 3 days

Cost: £225

Places: 4 (note this course needs at least 3 candidates to run)

Venue: Betws y Coed

Director: Gethin Thomas

This 3 day course covers the Level 2 syllabus as outlined in the BCA handbook, including SRT training, and Tyrolean Traverse for groups. During the course candidates will look at rigging and managing traverse, abseil, ladder and tyrolean for both group and personal progression in vertical cave and/or mine systems. 

Candidates should provide their own personal protective equipment for the course, including appropriate helmet and light, harness and cows tails (made up of good quality dynamic rope). SRT kits, and replacement rope for cows tails will be available to purchase during the course, but please get in touch in advance so we can get these for you.

Personal SRT training, flexible on dates

SRT Session

SRT Session

Course Duration: 1 day

Cost: £90 (note this course needs at least 3 candidates to run)

Places: 4

Venue: Betws y Coed

Director: Gethin Thomas

This single days course would be suitable for those wanting to brush up their personal SRT skills, or prepare for the SRT for leader module for Level 2 candidates. The day will be tailored to attendees, focusing on efficient progress up and down ropes, navigating rebels and deviations.

Candidates should provide their own personal protective equipment for the course, including appropriate helmet and light, harness and cows tails (made up of good quality dynamic rope). SRT kits, and replacement rope for cows tails will be available to hire/purchase during the course, but please get in touch in advance so we can get these for you.

Level 1 & Level 2 Cave or Mine Leader assessments available on request

  • Module 1: Level 1 skills day (up to 2 candidates) £90, £175 for one candidate 
  • Module 2: Level 1 group day (1 candidate only) £175
  • Module 3: Level 2 skills day with SRT for leader (up to 2 candidates) £90
  • Module 4: Level 2 group day (1 candidate only) £175
  • Module 5: Optional SRT for leader (up to 2 candidates) £175
  • Module 6: Cave and Mine Transfer (up to 2 candidates) £90
  • Additional Mines/Caves (paperwork exercise) £20
  • Additional Mines/Caves (requiring underground trip, normal for complex systems) £160

Personal tailored skills tuition

  • SRT training £90 per person (minimum of 2 candidates needed to run this course, maximum 4)
      • + £10 per person for new cowstails & foot loop

Level 2 Refresher

Ideal for those wanting to brush up on their LCMLA Level 2 skills. This is a tailored day based at either a climbing wall or suitable underground venue (minimum 2, maximum 4) £180

 Enquiry form

If you’re interested in any of these courses get in touch by completing the form or click on the availability calendar above to see what dates I’m free.

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