NICAS - THE NATIONAL INDOOR CLIMBING AWARD SCHEME
The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) is a UK wide scheme designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement on artificial climbing structures. It can be used as a starting point for people wishing to take up climbing and mountaineering. It is open to all candidates aged 7 and upwards.
The scheme is administered by the Association of British Climbing Walls Training Trust (ABCTT) and is recognised by the British Mountaineering Council, the Mountaineering Council of Scotland and the Mountaineering Council of Ireland.
Whilst other smaller facilities also offer the NICAS programme, Creation is the Primary centre for NICAS in the Midlands, and is a full member of The Association of British Climbing Walls.
We have a dedicated Course Director, Adrian Allsopp, and he is also an Assistant Manager at Creation with a wealth of climbing knowledge and experience. Adrian is responsible for overseeing the implementation and smooth running of the NICAS programme.
The scheme comprises five levels of award aimed at complete novices to expert climbers. The scheme is split into two parts and takes a minimum of 100 hours to complete in its entirety. Part 1 contains levels 1 and 2 and Part 2 contains Levels 3 to 5. Upon registering with an Awarding Centre candidates receive a log booklet for Part 1 and a log folder for Part 2. After achieving each level they are awarded with a certificate on behalf of the ABCTT.
The five levels are:
1. Foundation Climber
An entry level aimed at novices that recognises their ability to climb safely under supervision.
2. Top Rope Climber
Aimed at promoting good practice in climbing and bouldering unsupervised on an artificial wall.
3. Technical Climber
A more advanced top roping and bouldering level that focuses on developing technique and movement skills.
4. Lead Climber
Concentrates on the skills required to both lead climb and belay a lead climber.
5. Advanced Climber
The top level that focuses on improving performance, a deeper understanding of climbing systems and the wider world of climbing.
If you are interested in the NICAS scheme for yourself or your school/college please contact us on (0121) 449 8000. Our reception staff will guide you through the neccessary steps to get started, alternatively ask to speak directly to our Course Director Adrian Allsopp, or email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org