The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) was set up with the main aim to provide a safe introduction to climbing for young people aged 7 years and up on artificial climbing structures (e.g indoor climbing walls). The nationally-recognised scheme also helps to standardise the teaching and coaching of young people in an engaging manner, and people gain certification with each level gained.


Our aim is to develop and engage the young people of Perth and surrounding area's in the sport of climbing, through the NICAS levels and certification. The scheme also promotes good practice, deeper knowledge of the sport and provide a structure for climbing development. More information on the Scheme can be found on the NICAS website.

We are able to facilitate young peoples journey through 4 of the 5 levels:

  1. New Climber - An entry level aimed at novices that recognises their ability to climb safely under supervision.
  2. Foundation 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 award that focusses on developing technique and movement skills. This is aimed at ensuring a candidate possesses the knowledge and skill to climb and belay safely at any climbing facility (whether or not under supervision or with back-up) and operate in a responsible manner. Achievement at this level is broadly equivalent to a pass at GCSE.
  4. Lead Climber - Concentrating on the skills required to lead climb proficiently. Aimed at developing a self-motivated climber who has a wide range of skills and has reached a high level of competence, with a desire to progress by identifying and setting goals.

How it works

Each group runs in 8 week blocks. Following a block we may advice staying in the same group or joining similar level and ability group on a different day.

Cost is £80 per 8 week block plus £7.50 registration and logbook fee.Registration fee is required once for Levels 1-3 and once again for Level 4-5.

For all enquiries and bookings regarding NICAS please contact us.