Mountain walking guide 

  Hiking and trekking guide qualifications and mountain leadership awards

This professional development training course is aimed at the person who is serious about qualifying for a career as a mountaineering adventure guide or anyone who runs mountain walking (hiking) adventures as part of their work or recreation such as school teachers, camp councillors and social workers.

Who should do this course?


This is the ideal course for those wanting to guide groups of mountain walkers (hikers) on off-trail, rugged, remote and difficult mountain terrain all over South Africa and abroad and teaches all the skills required to become a competent mountain walking guide.


The course covers the comprehensive syllabus for both available CATHSSETA Mountain Walking Guide Unit Standards, 9284 and 9288, as well as the content of the MDT Awards programme for the International Mountain Leader, Mountain Walking Leader and Walking Group Leader awards


Topics covered include:


Equipment choices, care and advice; trip and route planning; group management; advanced hiking skills and campcraft; client care and communication; map reading and advanced navigation; mountain hazards and dealing with emergencies; snow skills including walking crampons and ice axe skills

“Hi Walther. I’ve tremendously enjoyed the Advanced Mountain Walking Guide course and the skills learned. I can’t really explain either to myself or others why the mountains hold such a fascination with me, nor do I know exactly where this passion may take me. Your enthusiasm and experience have been an inspiration.”

                                             Alan Weber, RSA

Training Course Facts:


  • Duration: 8 Days

  • 4 days theory; 4 days practical


Cost: R7190.00 per person

Including: VAT, textbook/s, tuition, group equipment

Excluding: Meals, transport, accommodation, permits, personal insurances, CATHSSETA or MDT registration fees.


Assessment Course Facts:


  • Written exam: 1 - 4 exams depending on scope  (approx. 3 hours per exam)

  • Practical: 2 - 3 full days


Cost: Please consult with us, price varies


Including: VAT, textbook/s, tuition, permits, group equipment, personal equipment during course

Excluding: Meals, transport, accommodation, personal insurances, CATHSSETA or MDT registration fees, DEDAT guide registration or the associated fees.

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