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

North Wales LCMLA Panel Courses December 2019

This years North Wales LCMLA Trainer/Assessor Panel Courses will be running from the 9th through to the 13th of December. During the week there will be a full range of courses available for those wanting to attend a training or assessment course delivered by members of the panel. 

As all the North Wales panel are available during that week there’s also an opportunity to get your assessments sorted with T/As that may sometimes have limited availability. 

Each of these courses will run provided at least one person is booked onto it, however once they’re full they’re full so please do make sure you book a place! 

To book a place complete the form below…

Note a copy of your booking enquiry form will be sent to your invoice address in addition to your own address,

Assessment Candidates, please read


Before presenting for assessment please double check you have the minimum log-book experience as outlined in the BCA Handbook

  • Have at least 1 year cave/mine exploration
  • 30 trips in 10 different systems (including 2 different type of mines for Mine Leader)
  • A proportion of these should be as a leader under supervision
  • Some trips may be above and beyond the remit of the level 1

5 of these must be quality days, defined as satisfying at least 4 of the following. Please nominate and highlight the 5 trips you consider best reflect quality days in your logbook when presented

  • Exploration of a new route or system
  • Incorporate at least 4 or 5 hours underground exploration
  • An experience that develops an individuals caving/mine exploration knowledge, skills and awareness
  • Incorporates skills above the level of the candidates qualification
  • Self led
  • Involve some vertical skills or digging
  • Exploration of a cave that responds to rainfall

Please be prepared to present your log book on request. This can be done by posing or dropping off your log book to Oaklands OEC, or by sending us photos or a scan of your logbook.


Level 1 Local Mine  Leader Training Course. 9-10th December 2019

Course Duration: 2 days

Cost: £200

Places: 6 

Venue: Lledr Hall OEC

Director: TBC

This 2 day course will covers the Level 1 Local Mine Leader Award syllabus as outlined in the BCA handbook. For those wishing to also lead groups in caves there’s the optional third days training to cover cave systems. 

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 course.

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.

Mine to Cave Transfer Training or Local Cave & Mine Training. 11th December 2019

Course Duration: 1 days

Cost: £100

Places: 6 

Venue: Mold

Director: TBC

This 1 day training course is suitable to those who’ve already completed their Mine Leader training and would like to work towards leading groups in cave systems as well. The day can be a continuation of the previous 2 days mine leader training or as a stand alone day for those who’ve already completed their mines training. 

Cave Training

During the course candidates will look at the skills required to lead groups in  cave systems under the LCMLA scheme. During the day candidates will look at limestone geology, cave morphology, risk identification and management, navigation underground, as well as personal and group kit suitable for caving. 

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 course.

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. Candidates should be prepared to get wet and muddy! 

Level 2 Local Mine Training Course (inc. Tyrolean for groups). 9th-11th December 2019

Course Duration: 3 days

Cost: £300

Places: 4 

Venue: Beacon Climbing Wall, followed by 2 days underground around Tanygrisiau 

Director: TBC

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, SRT harness and cows tails (made up of good quality dynamic rope). There are a limited number of SRT kits available for candidates to loan during the course, if you require any please get in touch. 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. 12th December 2019

SRT Session

SRT Session

Course Duration: 1 day

Cost: £100 

Places: 4

Venue: Beacon Climbing Wall

Director: TBC

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 Local Mine  Leader Training Course. 12th-13th December 2019

Course Duration: 2 days

LCMLA Mine Leader Training

Assisted hand-line underground

Cost: £200

Places: 6 

Venue: TBC

Director: TBC

This second course will only run if the first course is full

This 2 day course will covers the Level 1 Local Mine Leader Award syllabus as outlined in the BCA handbook. For those wishing to also lead groups in caves there’s the optional third days training to cover cave systems. 

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 course.

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.

Tyrolean Traverse for Groups Training. 13th December 2019

Tyrolean Module

Course Duration: 1 day

Cost: £100 

Places: 4

Venue: Tanygrisiau

Director: TBC

This single days course will cover the new Tyrolean for Groups module for the Local Cave and Mine Leader Level 2. Candidates must have already attended a Level 2 training course to qualify for a place on this course. 

During the day candidates will have the opportunity to look at the rigging and management of a Tyrloean for Groups, together with an understanding of the forces involved. 

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

  • Module 1: Level 1 skills day (up to 2 candidates) £100 
  • Module 2: Level 1 group day (1 candidate only) £200
  • Module 3: Level 2 skills day with SRT for leader (up to 2 candidates) £100 
  • Module 4: Level 2 group day (1 candidate only) £200
  • Module 5: Optional SRT for leader (up to 2 candidates) £100 
  • Module 6: Cave and Mine Transfer (up to 2 candidates) £100 
  • Tyrolean for Groups (up to 2 candidates) £100 

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: £200

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: £300

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: £100 (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) £200 (one or two candidates) 
  • Module 2: Level 1 group day (1 candidate only) £200
  • Module 3: Level 2 skills day with SRT for leader (up to 2 candidates) £200 (one or two candidates)
  • Module 4: Level 2 group day (1 candidate only) £200
  • Module 5: Optional SRT for leader (up to 2 candidates) £200 (one or two candidates)
  • Module 6: Cave and Mine Transfer (up to 2 candidates) £200 (one or two candidates)
  • Additional Mines/Caves (paperwork exercise) £25
  • Additional Mines/Caves (requiring underground trip, normal for complex systems) £200

Personal tailored skills tuition

  • SRT training £100 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) £100 per person (min 2 candidates for this day to run) 

Enquiry form for independent/private courses

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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