NICAS Handbook

The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme 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. The scheme is administered by the Association of British Climbing Walls Training Trust (ABCTT). The handbook provides full details and guidance on what is required to deliver the scheme for centres and coaches. The detailed guidance for coaching each level is available in a separate NICAS Coaching Handbook which is available to Accredited Centres after successful application.


  1. Preface
  2. Definitions
  3. Overview
  4. Syllabus
  5. Accredited Centre Types
  6. NICAS Physical Requirements
  7. NIBAS Physical Requirements
  8. Registration & delivery
  9. Human Resources
  10. Administration
  11. ABCTT Responsibilities
  12. Appendices (including Reasonable Adjustments)

Handbook Download

NICAS Handbook (March 2017)

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