All About NICAS

NICAS stands for the National Indoor Climbing Award Schemes

This is a set of different qualifications that give students the skills and experience to climb safely and a structure in which to progress to more challenging routes and improved performance.

Alter Rock is the only climbing centre in Derby that is authorised to award NICAS levels 1-4.

  • Level 1 – Foundation Climber
  • Level 2 – Top Rope Climber
  • Level 3 – Technical Climber
  • Level 4 – Lead Climber

The scheme is run by the ABC Training Trust a registered charity and recognised by the British Mountaineering Council, the Mountaineering Council of Scotland and the Mountaineering Council of Ireland.

We run regular NICAS-certified climbing courses at different levels throughout the year


NEXT COURSES: Junior and adults

Junior Beginners courses run several times each year on Saturday mornings from 9-10.30 for six weeks. £70 including equipment, membership and NICAS log book. Next course starts Saturday 6th January finishing Saturday 10th February 2018.

For more information about Adult beginners’ courses see here

Email us to be put on the waiting list for the next course.

More information about NICAS  is available here on their website.




NICAS certificates and log books
NICAS certificates and log books