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

Up and Coming Courses

North Wales Panel Courses. December 10th-14th December 2018

This year the North Wales LCMLA Panel will be running a series of training and assessment courses throughout the week of the 10th through to the 14th of December . Courses will be based at both Lledr Hall OEC, the Memorial Hall in Betws y Coed and appropriate underground venues.

The week is also a great opportunity for candidates to present for assessment as there with be several trainers and assessors available throughout the week.

Click on the links below for more details, and complete the form to make a booking.

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 Training Course, 10-11 December 2018

LCMLA Mine Leader Training

Assisted hand-line underground

Cost: £150

Venue: Lledr Hall OEC

Director: Dave Baines

Places Available: 6

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

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 there own transport.


Level 1 Local Cave & Mine Training Course, 10-12 December 2018

Scallops and phreatic tube

Scallops and phreatic tube

Cost: £225

Venue: Lledr Hall OEC & Alun Valley, Mold

Director: Dave Baines & Chris Jowett 

Places Available: 6

This 3 day course will cover the Level 1 Local Cave and Mine Leader Award syllabus as outlined in the BCA handbook.

During the course candidates will look at the skills required to lead groups in horizontal cave and mine systems under the LCMLA scheme. During the first 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.

The third day of this course will focus on cave exploration and geology implementing the skills covered in the mine environment to caves together with the different risks associated with the cave environment.

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 1 Local Mine Training Course, 13-14 December 2018

LCMLA Mine Leader Training

Assisted hand-line underground

Cost: £150

Venue: Memorial Hall, Betws y Coed

Director: Gethin Thomas

Places Available: 6

This 2 day course will cover the Level 1 syllabus as outlined in the BCA handbook.

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, 10-13 December 2018

Cost: £225

Venue: Lledr Hall

Director: Peter Knight & Nigel Atkins 

Places Available: 8

This 3 day course will cover 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 hire/purchase during the course, but please get in touch in advance so we can get these for you.

 


Tyrolean Traverse Training, Date to be confirmed, depending on interest

Cost: £75

Venue: Tanygrisiau

Director: TBC

Places Available: 4

This single day course is available to those who have already completed their Level 2 training and are interested in adding the additional Tyrolean Traverse for groups module to their qualification.

The days training will cover the rigging and management of a Tyrolean Traverse, with a focus on the forces involved in Tyroleans appropriate rigging to manage those forces, as well as client care and rescue in using the traverse. 

Candidates with their level 2 assessment will need to present for an assessment at a later date to qualify for the Tyrolean module, however those who’ve yet to go through their assessment may include Tyroleans as part of their skills day assessment with an appropriately qualified Trainer/Assessor. 

This is a new module for the LCMLA scheme, with this day running as a pilot for future courses. 


Personal SRT training, 14th December 2018

SRT Session

SRT Session

Cost: £75

Venue: TBC

Director: Dena Procter

Places Available: 4

This single days courses 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.


Mine to Cave Transfer Training Course, 13 December 2018

The odd crawl…

Cost: £75

Venue: Alun Valley, Mold

Director: Chris Jowett 

Places available: 6

This 1 day course is suitable for those who’ve completed their Level 1 training in mines, however would also like to lead groups in caves. 

The day will focus on cave exploration and morphology and geology, as well as hazard recognition and management within caves. 

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 day.

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.


Private/Independent Courses

The following courses can be arranged at convenient dates. Given enough notice I can normally re-arrange things to accommodate courses, alternatively you can click on the “availability” tab to see what dates I’m free.

I’ll do my best to keep this up to date! If you click on the dates you’re interested in, and select the course from the drop down menu you can send me an enquiry directly. I’ll then get back to you as soon as I can to confirm if I am available for any of those dates.

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Cost: £150

Venue: Betws y Coed

Director: Gethin Thomas

This 2 day course will cover 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.

Note there are only 6 places available for this course.

Cost: £225

Venue: Betws y Coed

Director: Gethin Thomas

This 3 day course will cover 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 hire/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

Cost: £180 (for up to 4 candidates)

Venue: Betws y Coed

Director: Gethin Thomas

This single days courses 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.

Note this course will be confirmed once minimum course participants are confirmed

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 (group of 4 max) £180
      • + £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.

Please note all assessments and bespoke courses are arranged privately.
Assessment candidates only
If someone else is paying the bill for this courses please provide an email address so I can contact them. On submitting this form an automatically generated email will go to this address asking for confirmation that they're happy to fund your course, so worth asking first!!