How to complete a CWI DLOG


Following on from our initial blog ‘How do I pass my CWI’  we will now look at how to complete a log book that is going to help you pass.  

Your CWI is assessed by a combination of practical observation, oral questioning and an analysis of your logbook.

You digital logbook (DLOG) is your opportunity to tell the story of how you have progressed from registering for the award, becoming a trainee after attending your training, to proving that you are ready to be assessed as a Climbing Wall Instructor.

Don’t regard your DLOG as just something that is required for your assessment

Mountain Training suggest you use use your logbook in the following ways:

  • A personal record, particularly as you work between levels (registrant to trainee, trainee to assessee, award holder thinking about a further qualification)
  • A log that helps informal mentors and referees advise you on where to focus your attention in the coming months.
  • A log that helps your Training Course provider give you guidance on how to create an effective action plan to get you from training to assessment
  • A log that helps employers be confident about your training and experience
  • A log that helps your Assessment Course provider ensure you meet the required minimums
  • A log that helps your Assessment Course provider understand your individual experiences in ways that will often mitigate specific errors observed during theassessment
  • A way of demonstrating that once you’ve passed you continue to develop, explore

and lead.

  • Also note that if you are involved in any incident that leads to legal proceedings, an up to date DLOG can provide immediate evidence of your qualifications, experience and Continuing Professional Development.

Before your CWI training, you need to have the following entries in your DLOG.

  • Visits to 3 different climbing walls on at least 15 different occasions
  • At least one visit to a major public wall.
  • 10 led routes at a minimum of grade 4.
  • Entries over at least 6 months at a variety of climbing walls

Note: CWI training courses do not count towards minimum DLOG requirements.

Before your CWI assessment you must have at least the following in your DLOG or you will not pass your course.

Minimum requirements checklist for your DLOG: (ideally log more than this)

  • 30 visits at 3 different climbing walls?
  • 40 lead climbs on indoor walls?

15 instructed sessions that you have assisted on?

Do they include:

  • Two different walls?
  • A large public facility?
  • A variety of different groups/customers?
  • A variety of different activities?
  • Have you written personal reflective comments for 5 of these sessions?


Paolo’s DLOG Tips:

1. Complete your DLOG in good time.

  • If you are going back historically, it can take you a while to remember and look up details.
  • When you register for an assessment the assessor has access to your DLOG. They will start at looking at DLOGs about a week before the assessment date.
  • If you have only the minimum requirements in your DLOG for assessment that raises the question are you competent enough to be left in sole charge of a group at a climbing wall? If there is any doubt you will not pass.Be aware the minimum is not going to be sufficient for most candidates to become competent in all required skills.
  • Don’t log the minimum requirements and then leave your DLOG blank. Your assessor wants to see how you’ve been preparing right up to your assessment. Even if you’re confident in all the skills, keeping using them regularly.

2. Your assessor needs to have an accurate impression of your experience.

  • You may have a lot of experience that you need to put in your log. Try to make historical entries as accurate as possible, however if the exact dates are not correct this doesn’t matter. If you fill in you did some bouldering and you’re not absolutely certain you did boulder that day, it doesn’t matter. The main thing is that the log overall gives a true and accurate impression of your climbing experience to date.


  • If you attend the same session weekly or monthly, at the same place and you always climb the same kind of session then you can try making use of the frequency feature. This can be daily, weekly or monthly and can be for your personal climbing or your work as a climbing instructor or assistant. You need to give a start date and an end date for these repeating sessions, and each one will then appear listed in your DLOG. Click on the ‘i’ in the RHS column you can then add extra details to some of the sessions as needed to detail your experience. The diagonal pen shape on a square is the edit symbol.

3. If you complete a log every time you climb, you will get used to the system and each entry will only take you a few minutes.

4. Your assessor is interested in all you experience within any of the awards, but only indoor climbing in the UK and Ireland counts towards the pre-requisite.


How to complete your DLOG entries.

Mountain Training Youtube videos

How to add a DLOG Entry 
How to edit or delete a DLOG entry

 Help sections from the DLOG:

Entering the name of the climbing wall
You can type either of the following into the search box to find the wall you climbed at:

• Climbing wall name
• Area eg. North Wales, Yorkshire

After searching using one of the above, you will be presented with a few possible options. If the climbing wall you have searched for is there, click the + at the end of the row to create your entry and add more details. You can also click on the green pin shown on the map.

DLOG has most climbing walls in the UK and Ireland entered, however if a climbing

wall you use is not listed, try broadening your search until you find the climbing wall. If you still can’t find the wall, drop us an email ( and we can add the climbing wall to the database for you.

NB. Sessions on mobile climbing towers or similar temporary structures should be logged by searching for ‘Mobile climbing tower’ in the search box.


Enter the Type and Style of your climbing session.

Once you have searched for and selected the name of the Climbing Wall this is the page you arrive at.

You can select the Type of session, e.g. Top roping, Lead Climbing, Bouldering.



If there is not an exact match, select the closest and add more detail in the main comment box.

If you are under instruction or being coached, select member of a group.



Then select the Style of climbing.

Supervisor/Instructor means you are taking the session.

Personal Climbing: This is to evidence you have –

Climbed at a variety of climbing walls Climbed at some large climbing venues You have lead climbs of at least grade 4



Use this table to convert your grades.


Climbing Wall grades




Mountain Training DLOG grades




These are examples of a completed log entry, without personal reflective comments.

What is the difference between assisting and shadowing?

Shadowing sessions – These are valuable, so include them in your log recording yourself as ‘Observer’, but as you are not actively involved they do not count towards the supervision DLOG requirements.

Supervising sessions – These are entered as ‘Instructor/Supervisor’ don’t count as assisting. If you can then get invaluable experience conducting sessions at a wall for family and friends where you assume the role of ‘instructor’ or you have a site specific instructing qualification

What counts as assisting on instructed sessions?

These will probably be sessions at a climbing wall where you have had an assistant’s role, carrying out such responsibilities as backing up ropes, teaching techniques, teaching belaying, spotting, managing a group in the bouldering area, helping kitting up. This is to show you have worked alongside a qualified instructor to expand your knowledge and competency. This does not include sessions you have taken yourself or sessions that you have observed/shadowed but not actively taken part in.

Assisting: This is to evidence that you have assisted with the supervision of at least 15 instructed sessions.

  • Have you assisted with the supervision at at least two different walls including a large public facility in a variety of contexts? There are many ways to do things, not all walls have the same operating procedures and guidelines.
  • This qualification covers you to work at any size of wall, so ideally you will have assisted at at least one session at a large public facility.
  • You will be qualified to work with all ages of children and adults, so try and include children’s parties and adult novices among you assisting experience.


What does personal reflective comments mean?

  • When you observe sessions and/or work as an assistant make sure you notice how the instructor is using the skills listed below.
  • Talk to the instructor after the session and then review the conversation in your own words.
  • Include some or all of the following to help you learn and develop your ideas of what makes a good session.
  1. Using a scale  of poor – average – good – excellent, grade the:
  • Briefings
  • Kitting up
  • Instruction of the session
  • Instruction of belay
  • Supervision
  • Quality of interaction with group
  • Management of you the assistant
  • Management of the group

2. Give reasons why you selected those gradings.

3. What went well?

4. What could be improved and how?

5. What things you saw you would like to emulate?

6.. What things you saw, you definitely want to do differently.

7. What did the briefing involve?

8. How did they plan the session.

9. How did they demonstrate techniques.


Get feedback on your DLOG

To get feedback on the content in your DLOG, you can share your logbook with someone whose opinion you value by clicking on the Share tab.  If they like what they see, ask them if they will be a referee.

Getting a referee to support your DLOG

A referee is optional, but it can help to add weight to your DLOG with a character reference and a brief comment on your experience. As assessors we take a candidate, we don’t know them, we put them in charge, they may be competent but it is expected, we need evidence to give space to allow you to be assessed, a referee can help us build our trust in you.

Who can be a referee?

A person with a Mountain Training login, such as a qualified climbing instructor or a centre manager. Using the DLOG tabs you can invite them to be your referee by email.


Finally, if you have any more queries, check Mountain Training’s DLOG FAQ.

P30 of the handbook talks you through DLOG http://www.mountain- bfe2229602ee.pdf

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