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Group Leader Award
award is for leaders of walking groups in non-mountainous hilly terrain,
known variously as upland, moor, bog, hill, fell or down. Such areas
are often subject to very harsh weather conditions and require an element
of self-sufficiency. The scheme seeks to develop the skills necessary
to lead walking groups in these areas.
Leaders seeking to take groups into mountain terrain
should see the information on ML award, although the WGL award can be
a valuable stepping stone for those wishing to progress to the ML scheme.
Before undertaking the WGL you should have a minimum
of one year's hill walking experience and an interest in leading groups.
In order to attend a training course you should have logged at least
20 day hill walks.
You must be 18 years of age and a member of a Mountaineering Council
with at least 12 months experience of hill walking and an interest in
leading groups. When you register you will receive your log book and
scheme handbook in which to record your hill walking experience.
In order to attend a training course candidates must be registered and
have logged a least 20 days hill walking. There will be a flexible structure
to training course delivery based around a minimum of 30 hours contact
Exemption from WGL training
After registration for the WGL scheme, candidates who have substantial
personal and leadership experience in hill walking areas, or believe
they have sufficient experience and have attended equivalent training,
may apply for exemption from training. This will apply to candidates
who have completed their Mountain Leader Training and who wish to take
their WGL assessment as a stepping stone to their ML assessment. Such
ML candidates will need to register with the WGL scheme, but do not
need to apply for exemption before attending for assessment.
This period will be different for each candidate depending on their
personal hill walking and group management experience. At the end of
your training course your Course Director will agree a personal action
plan with you that will guide you through this phase of the scheme.
Assessment courses have at least 30 hours of contact time between candidates
and assessors. Prior to attending an assessment candidates must have
completed an absolute minimum of 40 hill walking days and hold a valid
First Aid qualification. You must also have completed a WGL training
course, or successfully gained exemption from training. Candidates who
have completed their ML training may also take their WGL assessment
as a stepping stone to their ML assessment. There is no exemption from
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