Competency gateway

The UKCA acknowledges that candidates may have had prior training through other organisations, individuals or may be self taught. The competency gateway are accessible at Level 1 and Level 2 guide assessments. This means that anyone who believes they have the skills and experience to bypass training can access the assessments directly. Candidates can access the full syllabuses and assessment criteria on this webpage.

If you wish to use the competency gateway process we recommend you contact the training provider or the UKCA team to discuss this process.

Course Summary

RECREATIONAL TRAINING AVAILABILITY SCHEDULE

Courses Start Date End Date Location Cost Book Now
Introduction To Canyoning 30th April 2022 1st May  2022 Perthshire, Scotland £220 BOOK NOW
Canyon Leader 4th May 2022 8th May 2022 Perthshire, Scotland £585 BOOK NOW
Canyon Leader ? ? Kinlochleven, Scotland £585 BOOK NOW
Canyon Leader 13th June 2022 17th June 2022 Perthshire, Scotland £585 BOOK NOW
Advanced Canyoning 23rd June 2022 26th June 2022 Perthshire, Scotland £460 BOOK NOW

Recreational Courses

Intro to Canyoning

Intro to Canyoneering provides students with the basic personal canyoneering skills needed to descend easy canyons as team members with competent leaders and mentors. Read More


Canyon Leader

Canyon Leader provides students with the skills and knowledge to take a lead role with competent piers in canyons rated up to moderate risk (V3A3ii). Five-day course
*supported by V7 Academy level 2 online training resource. Read More


Advanced Canyon

Advanced Canyon provides the student with advanced personal skills in order to progress into more advanced canyons rated V3A3ii and above. Four-day course Read More


 

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AVAILABILITY SCHEDULE

Courses Start Date End Date Location Cost Book Now
L1 Guide Assessment 5th May 2022 6th May 2022 Kinlochleven, Scotland £260 BOOK NOW
L1 Guide Assessment 19th May 2022 20th May 2022 Perthshire, Scotland £260 BOOK NOW
L2 Guide Training (Advanced Pro) 5th September 2022 7th September 2022 Perthshire, Scotland £460 BOOK NOW
L2 Guide Assessment 30th September 2022 1st October 2022 Perthshire, Scotland £260 BOOK NOW

Professional Courses

Guide Level 1 - Training

A Level 1 Guide is qualified to lead commercial and organised groups in canyons rated up to V2A2i. This programme compromises of a two-day training course followed by consolidation then a two-day assessment. Read More


Guide Level 1 - Assessment

A Level 1 Guide is qualified to lead commercial and organised groups in canyons rated up to V2A2i. Once completing the CG1 training and consolidation or entering via a Validation of Current Qualificationthen (VCQ) assessmant can be completed. On successful completion of the assessment certification will be awarded. Read More


Guide Level 2 - Training

A Level 2 Guide is qualified to lead commercial and organised groups in canyons rated up to V3A3ii. This programme compromises a two-day training course  (Advanced Canyoning Pro) followed by consolidation then a two-day assessment. Read More


Guide Level 2 - Assessment

A Level 2 Guide is qualified to lead commercial and organised groups in canyons rated up to V3A3ii. Once completing the CG2 training and consolidation or entering via a VCQ assessmant can be completed. On successful completion of the assessment certification will be awarded. Read More


Canyon Instructor

A Canyon Instructor is qualified to lead commercial and organised groups in canyons rated above V3A3ii (where appropriate risk management and systems are in place) A Canyon Instructor can deliver the Intro to Canyoning course. Three-day training and assessment. Read More


Trainer

A Trainer is certified and experienced to deliver the Canyon Leader training course. They can assist a Senior Trainer on delivery and assessment of professional training courses. Read More


Senior Trainer

A Senior Trainer is certified and experienced to deliver the whole UKCA training programme. Contact us for more information.


 

VCQ - Validation of Current Qualification 

The VCQ scheme is for professional canyoning guides who are qualified under other canyoning training and certification bodies wishing to receive an equivalent UKCA qualification. Read More

Application Form

    VCQ APPLICATION FORM

    Complete your details to enquire about the VCQ

    STEP 1 - BIO + QUALIFICATIONS




    WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVATION FOR THE UKCA TO VALIDATE YOUR CURRENT QUALIFICATION?*


    To work professionally in the UKTo work professionally internationallyRecognise my current qualificationRecognise an outdated qualification


    PLEASE PROVIDE A BIO OF YOUR CANYONING EXPERIENCE*





    PLEASE DETAIL YOUR CANYONING QUALIFICATIONS*





    PLEASE LIST YOUR RELEVANT CANYONING QUALIFICATIONS*





    PLEASE PROVIDE A CURRENT FIRST AID QUALIFICATION*





    VCQ APPLICATION FORM

    Complete your details to enquire about the VCQ

    STEP 2 - EXPERIENCE




    DO YOU HAVE A SWIFT WATER RESCUE QUALIFICATION?*


    yesno


    HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTISING CANYONING?*





    HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING AS A CANYONING PROFESSIONAL?*





    WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WENT CANYONING?





    IF YOU WERE MAKING LANYARDS FOR YOUR CLIENT HARNESSES, WHAT TYPE OF ROPE SHOULD YOU USE AND WHY?*





    VCQ APPLICATION FORM

    Complete your details to enquire about the VCQ

    STEP 3 - ABILITY DECLARATION




    WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WORKED AS A PROFESSIONAL GUIDE?*





    SINCE RECEIVING YOUR PREVIOUS CANYONING QUALIFICATIONS TO THE BEST OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE, ARE YOU STILL CURRENT IN YOUR SKILLS?*


    yesno


    SINCE RECEIVING YOUR PREVIOUS CANYONING QUALIFICATIONS TO THE BEST OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE, ARE YOU PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY FIT TO OPERATE AS A CANYONING GUIDE?*


    yesno


    PLEASE PROVIDE ANY OTHER RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS?





    PLEASE UPLOAD YOUR CANYONING QUALIFICATION DOCUMENTS*





    ANY OTHER COMMENTS TO SUPPORT YOUR APPLICATION?





    VCQ APPLICATION FORM

    Complete your details to enquire about the VCQ

    STEP 4 - PERSONAL DETAILS


    DATE OF BIRTH*

    GENDER
    MaleFemalePrefer not to say

    SELECT PAYMENT METHOD*

    *You will be redirected to your chosen payment page upon successful submission of your details on this form.



    Once your application is submitted please allow up to 28 days for your application to be processed and reviewed. The team will contact you via email an outcome on your application.

    Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you to the UKCA professional team.