The SNCS Climbing Instructor Scheme defines the professional training and competence requirements leading to the SNCS Climbing Instructor certifications and is concerned with good practice and high standard of instruction leading to safe enjoyment of the sport of climbing. It is the only national climbing instructor training scheme in Singapore that is endorsed and recognized by the South East Asia Climbing Federation (SEACF). Singapore Mountaineering Federation and the Singapore Sports Council.
The scope of the scheme does not cover:
|Qualification||Qualified to conduct|
|Sport Climbing Instructor Cat 1||
|Sport Climbing Instructor Cat 2||
|Rock Climbing Instructor Cat 1||
|Rock Climbing Instructor Cat 2||
Essentially, Cat 1 instructors are qualified to conduct only courses stipulated in the Climbing Course Spectrum less the Sport Climbing Activity Supervisor Course. Cat 2 instructors, on the other hand, are more senior instructors who are qualified to conduct instructor training courses, i.e. they can be trainers for instructors. Promotion for an instructor from Cat 1 to 2 will be by appointment by the SMF but the following pre-qualifying conditions must be met:
Anyone who is keen to become an SNCS Climbing Instructor must first register with the SNCS Climbing Instructor Scheme. To be eligible for the registration, he/she must:
The Trainee may now enroll to attend one of the following instructor training courses provided he/she meets the pre-requisite qualifications:
|Sport Climbing Instructor Training Course||
|Rock Climbing Instructor Training Course||
The Trainee Instructor will generally learn many new ideas and techniques during the training course and will therefore need some time to practice and evaluate these before taking the certification assessment. During this period of consolidation, a Trainee Instructor is required to practise his/her instructional skills and techniques through on-the-job training by serving as an Assistant to any qualified climbing instructor during the conduct of climbing courses. It is a mandatory requirement for a Trainee Instructor to have at least 3 practices as an assistant to Instructor for climbing courses . The instructor to whom the Trainee Instructor is apprenticed to will need to endorse and report on the Trainee Instructor’s performance and highlight his/her areas of improvement in the Training Progress Log Sheet.
The Trainee Instructor must hold an approved, currently valid First Aid qualification before he/she may apply for the certification assessment. A list of first aid qualifications that are recognised by the SMF is shown below. Approval may be sought with the SMF to substitute with other first aid qualifications provided the request is accompanied by proof that their scope of coverage is equal or more advanced than those listed below.
Recognised First Aid Qualifications: