Finally finished the observation and assisting days I require, on my way to becoming a trainer and assessor for the British Caving Association ( BCA ) Local Cave Mine Leader Award.
This has consisted of a total of 12 days, with a mixture of trainers and assessors and visiting 5 different mines in the process, both metal and slate mines all within North Wales. Its taken over 18 months due to C19 and trying to slot all the days in to suit my other commitments. My time has had to be given free, as there is no payment until you start running your own courses, once you are approved.
I have observed all courses under the local cave and mine leader award structure including training and assessments courses. In addition to this, then I have had to prepare all my own lectures and resources.
It has been a very useful exercise and one where I have picked up tips and learnt a variety of knowledge. I have also had the pleasure of spending time with a wide range of course participants who have all been very keen and welcoming.
I would like to thank all the trainers, assessors and candidates who have made this all possible and working with me in order to get all this ticked off.
The next stage is for me to be personally assessed for my CIC mine module, which is planed for later in the year. This is where I spend a day underground in a large mine, being assessed 1.2.1 on my knowledge of mines and also leading a group in fairly challenging situations. Am I looking forward to this ? yes and no. It will be good to get it ticked off and to learn from other peers, but it is an assessment after all.