Before attending a Training Course you must register with us, and confirm that you meet the Prerequisites (below)
The CLA scheme is based on a combination of training, assessment and relevant experience.
Before attending a training course you must register with us.
The minimum age for registration is 18.
A current First Aid certificate is required for your CLA certificate to be valid. You must bring the certificate to your assessment and you are responsible for renewing it when it expires.
The First Aid course must be:
There are many providers of these courses, just search for: 'Activity', 'Outdoor' or 'Mountain' First Aid.
Leading walks and camping expeditions in normal rural, open countryside or forest. This reflects the recommended Bronze and Silver DofE expedition terrain and conditions (as defined in the DofE Handbook).
The overarching framework of the CLA scope is one of nonhazardous activities in non-hazardous terrain. Individual points listed here must always be taken within this broader context.
CLA scope includes:
- Direct supervision (guided walking and camping)
- Remote supervision (leading unaccompanied groups)
- Training of groups to walk and camp unaccompanied
- Are guided (directly supervised) by the CLA holder
- Are a planned and separate activity
- Leave from and return to the campsite or base
- Follow simple routes on well-marked paths
- Are less than 2 hoursí duration
CLA scope excludes:
The onus is on the Expedition Leader to decide whether an activity is suitable. They must be aware of and follow good practice, which will include considering:
a) Whether the terrain and conditions fall within the scope of this award
b) Whether they have sufficient competence, confidence and experience to be leading a given group in any given area/conditions
Your logbook gives tutors, assessors and employers an indication of your experience.
The CLA is awarded on the basis of:
a) The skill, judgement and expertise that you show during your assessment
b) The depth and breadth of your experience
For this reason the Logbook should be viewed as an important part of demonstrating your professionalism and competence.
The logbook should give an accurate reflection of your relevant experience. If you canít remember exact dates then note at least the year and season. Significant events or difficult conditions show your breadth of experience so itís worth writing a comment. You should continue to log experience even after you have passed your assessment.
There are two types of page in your logbook:
Use this page to log personal walks and camping. Before attending a training course your logbook must show at least:
Personal walks should include use of a map to find your way. Walks could include anything from a day walk with friends in the South Downs to an expedition along the West Highland Way. Similarly, camping may be anything from family camping with a car to a self-sufficient expedition.
Note here any time you have spent leading, or assisting with leadership of groups. Only include days where you were actively involved as a leader or assistant (you had some significant responsibility for training, group safety, decisionmaking, planning etc.).
Considerable experience of leadership is required before attending a training course. If you are a qualified youthworker or teacher then you do not also need logged experience here. If you are not a qualified youth-worker or teacher then you must log at least 10 daysí and 5 nightsí of leadership experience in these pages.
The training course runs over 3 days, and includes a camping expedition. It assumes basic competence in country walking and camping.
Bringing together candidates with this knowledge will promote discussion and practice sharing. Candidates without basic competence are unlikely to absorb the information delivered on the course or to contribute to discussion, and so will be asked to leave the course.
A common format for the training course is:
The priority is to cover skills specific to expedition leadership that might be difficult to learn outside a training course. Please bear in mind that the course cannot cover every aspect of every part of the syllabus. Candidates should ensure that they develop sufficient skill and knowledge before attending an assessment (and in general before leading expeditions).
At the end of your training course your tutor will give you a consolidation plan, which will outline areas on which to focus and the minimum experience you need to gain before attending an assessment.
The usual requirement is for candidates to lead or assist with three walking and camping expeditions, where assisting means active involvement in planning, delivery and leadership.
If the Training Course Director feels a candidate is exceptionally strong they may reduce this. For candidates with only the minimum prerequisites further experience may be required, along with other specific recommendations.
The consolidation plan gives minimum requirements. We strongly advise that you exceed them and continue to gain experience until you feel prepared for assessment.
Assessment takes the form of a two-night lightweight and self-sufficient camping expedition. Your assessor may send you a home exam paper in advance. Your assessor may send you a home exam paper in advance.
You should bring your logbook with you, containing:
The candidate has shown the required level of skills and knowledge throughout the syllabus; and has shown the necessary experience and attributes, such as responsibility and good judgement.
The candidate has shown the required skills and knowledge in some areas of the syllabus, but there are either some knowledge/skill gaps, or they have not shown the necessary experience or attributes.
In this case the Assessor will discuss what additional experience they should gain before attending a reassessment.
The candidate has globally not shown appropriate levels of skill, knowledge, or other attributes. They will be required to gain further experience and then attend another training course.
Exemption from training will be given to those with:
There is no exemption from consolidation or assessment.
Candidates will be guided through exemption when they go to the CLA registration page. The cost is slightly higher because of extra administration and special delivery postage. Candidates who have already registered without exemption should contact us for guidance about how to proceed.
Exempt candidates must, in addition to the prerequisites for normal registration, have experience of leading or assisting with at least three further walking and camping expeditions. The experience must show:
Effectively this means that:
On an individual basis, CLA will consider exemption from training on the basis of experience. This is a more involved process and requires a written application from the candidate, who should be able to demonstrate substantial breadth and depth of experience leading different types of expeditions.
To be considered for exemption on this basis a nonrefundable fee is charged, since each individual application requires consideration and discussion from the board. For more information please contact the CLA directly.
Reasonable adjustments are welcome by prior agreement with the course provider.
If, with the adjustment all aspects of the syllabus can be met and are demonstrated, a full CLA pass will be awarded.
For example someone with a visual impairment brings high-contrast or larger-scale maps and navigates to the required standard.
If, with the adjustment some aspects of the syllabus cannot be met, then a certificate of competence will be issued instead of the full CLA pass, confirming proficiency in all those areas of the syllabus that are successfully demonstrated.
For example if for a medical reason a candidate cannot carry a full pack, then they will be unable to pass the assessed lightweight expedition, but can gain a certificate of competence as above.
Please do contact usif you would like more information.
Appeals and complaints should be made in writing to the awarding body. Please contact us for more information.
After an investigation, the awarding body will inform the complainant and others involved, in writing, of the result.