Qualifications and Accreditations

International Mountain Leader


Exped Adventure operates under internationally recognised mountaineering standards and qualifications, insurances and accreditation to make sure that every trip is fully covered and safety is to highest standards on every expedition.

Below is a short introduction of some of the qualifications our guides hold, as well as the insurances and accreditation held by Exped Adventure Ltd.

Mountain Awards

Mountain Leader Summer

Winter Mountain Leader

International Mountain Leader (Winter and Summer)

Single Pitch Award (SPA)

Mountain Instructor award (MIA)

Mountain Instructor Certificate (MIC)

British Mountain Guide (BMG)

DofE Assessor

Caving Awards 

Local cave and mine leader One (LCMLA 1)

Local cave and mine leader Two (LCMLA 2)

Caving instructor Certificate (CIC)


Teaching: Certificate to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector (CTLLS)

First Aid

Wilderness Medical Training – Advanced Medicine

Rec – Mountain First Aid

16 hr Outdoor and Incident Management First aid qualified

What is an International Mountain Leader?

An International Mountain Leader (IML) is a person who has been trained and assessed over a number of years against the challenging requirements set out by the Union of International Mountain Leader Associations (UIMLA).

The IML qualification qualifies the holder to lead groups in mountain ranges all over the world, including high altitude treks and expeditions, summer and winter.

Only a qualified International Mountain Leader has the badge and the carnet of The UIMLA organisation.

In the UK the IML holders are represented by the British Association of International Mountain Leaders (BAIML).


What it means for you 

Exped Adventure’s approach of using only the right person for the job for our treks and expeditions ensures that you are led by the very best in the industry who possess the highest safety standards and environmental awareness.

Our guides have total responsibility for all decisions taken on the mountain, to ensure your safety at all times.

Keeping skills current

IML’s, from every member country, have to maintain Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to ensure that members are kept up-to-date with the latest developments in mountain leadership.

The British Association of International Mountain Leaders is a professional body for British IMLs, there is a scheme of continuing professional development (CPD) which ensures IMLs’ skills are up to speed.


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