Quality training based on experience
You can expect all of our courses to offer opportunities for skills acquisition and development. However our ethos is also to support the development of good judgment and good decision making - the crucial ingredients for effective leadership.
We believe in drawing few distinctions between commonly used "labels" such as leader, instructor, teacher or guide. Rather these terms co-exist within what is simply a broad arena of effective communication strategies. Once again, we believe in giving you the chance to develop the tactics and judgment to be at the most effective point on that spectrum at any one time!
Finally, we aim to make our courses as accessible as possible. We are a fairly laid back trio (most of the time!) so our courses tend to run with a fairly informal and down to earth feel. We try not to use too much jargon, techno babble or three letter acronyms, but aim to create an environment which supports practical learning and informed discussion.
Training, Consolidation and Assessment
Each of the schemes follow the same structure as outlined below. The ethos of Mountain Training is for training & assessment to be available to anyone, with a strong emphasis on self-driven learning and practical experience.
To those of you new to the system this can seem daunting however underpinning all courses is a degree of prior personal experience. At Peak Mountain Training we strive to give you all the help you need to achieve your full potential as a leader and we see your relationship with us as much more that just a course member.
Each training course has to include the majority of subjects laid out in the syllabus created by the Mountain Training board. At Peak Mountain Training we focus on those areas that, through our experience, we find people need the most practical help and experience with.
A good training course will provide you with new skills and ideas, ensures that your clear about how to get the information you need when you’ve left the course and inspires you to achieve new goals you perhaps thought where out of your reach.
A training course is exactly that, "training". We don't assess during a course as we want to create an environment where you feel free to ask questions, practice new skills and make mistakes alongside other candidates with whom you can share experiences. The course gives you the skills to be a leader but it's up to you to practice these through ongoing personal experience. The course does not train you to "Pass" an assessment rather it trains you in the skills you need to lead or supervise people. However, you should leave your training course with a clear idea of the standards required to pass an assessment and what areas you need to concentrate your consolidation time on.
Between training and assessment is a period of consolidation. This means a period of time to practice and gain further experience, but now with the added benefit of the training course you will become more assured that you are in fact "doing the right thing". For most people this is the most crucial period in determining what works and what doesn't. There is no absolute time prescribed for the consolidation period but it can vary from weeks to years. There is a strong positive correlation between people who arrive for assessment with a great depth and breadth of experience in there log book and those that pass. This experience can, as they say, feel like "a mountain" to climb! But it's this that will ultimately stand you in good stead at assessment and beyond.
For each award there is a minimum number of days, sessions or hours you must do before you arrive for assessment, and in most cases this is a mixture of experience prior to and after the training course. Successful candidates invariably have well above the minimum levels of experience but if you are just starting out, see these days, not as a barrier, but as time to explore new places meet new people and share ideas. It might feel like a huge task to gain 40 Quality mountain days for your Summer ML but you are going to be a leader and people will expect you to have this experience and more.
Each award has and element of assessment. All assessments are designed to be mainly practical with some theoretical elements. The assessment process is a period of time where you get the opportunity to show your skills and knowledge - and many people actually find the assessment to be part of the ongoing learning experience.
Assessments are often a nerve-racking experience especially practical ones. The better prepared you are the more you are likely to enjoy it! We, at Peak Mountain Training, believe strongly that our job is to make this process as easy and enjoyable as possible whilst ensuring the standards of Mountain Training are met. We aim to create an environment where you feel you can demonstrate your skills to the best of your ability and where you leave your course feeling you've learnt a great deal. Your job is to focus on showing us just how good you are! To us assessment is just part of the process you go through on the way to becoming a great leader/instructor or coach. Beforehand, assessments usually feel like the end of a journey, but no sooner is it complete than you'll realise it is merely the beginning of a new and exciting stage of your leadership career. Assessments are important milestones you need as a leader... giving you confidence, piece of mind and the outdoor equivalent of an MOT!