NICAS Climbing Awards Programme

NICAS Classes 2020

NICAS classes dedicated for Young People wanting to develop their Climbing Skills whilst at the same time achieving qualifications every Friday 6.15pm to 8.00pm throughout 2020. For further information please contact the Centre on 01455 230468


NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme) Level 1 and Level 2 tutoring is available at GreenTowers. Currently NICAS is being delivered to a limited number of Young Club Members and group bookings. For further information call GreenTowers on 01455 230468 or e-mail


Structure Of The Scheme

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 Levels 1 and 2 and a log binder with booklet for Levels 3 to 5. 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.NICAS CENTRE 3

  2. Top Rope Climber

    Aimed at promoting good practice in climbing and bouldering unsupervised on an artificial wall.NICAS CENTRE 1

  3. Technical Climber

    A more advanced top roping and bouldering level that focuses on developing technique and movement skills.NICAS CENTRE 4

  4. Lead Climber

    Concentrates on the skills required to both lead climb and belay a lead climber.NICAS CENTRE 2

  5. Advanced Climber

    The top level that focuses on improving performance, a deeper understanding of climbing systems and the wider world of climbing.

GCSE Linked Qualifications

We are delighted to confirm that EdExcel have formally adopted NICAS as their syllabus for the GCSE PE (Indoor Climbing) as part of Adventurous Activities. EdExcel have started to send the syllabus to academic organisations under \’Meeting Local Needs\’ so we will be in a position to issue a FINAL copy for reference, and a press release, within the next few weeks. The process for using NICAS within this context is as follows:

EdExcel refer to schools and academic organisations as Centres. For the purposes of this document, “Centre” refers to the academic organisation and not to a NICAS Primary centre, Awarding Centre or climbing wall. In order to use the EdExcel Indoor Climbing GCSE (PE) syllabus, the onus is on the academic organisation to seek approval from EdExcel.

Hinckley Club 4 Young People at Green Towers