The Local Cave and Mine Leader Assessment (LCMLA) Scheme provides an award recognising the competence of those wishing to take responsibility for others underground, for the benefit of employers or others in authority. The main considerations are equally the safety of the group and the conservation of a fragile environment.
Update Workshops 2021
With the easing of lockdown restrictions LCMLA award holders will be keen to get their qualification/s back on track. We have scheduled update workshops in all the main caving regions during September or November, so that those whose awards have expired or are due to expire soon can re-engage with the BCA award scheme.
Places can be booked on workshops through the candidate management system. If you have not engaged with the system yet, please contact the training administrator on 01629581113 or
Undertaking the Award
The three process diagrams below illustrate how the award can be undertaken, how a Mine award can be transferred to a Cave award (and vice-versa), and how the Vertical component can be added.
The following pages can be downloaded to help guide candidates through the various modules of the award scheme.
- Cave Leader Training
- Cave Leader Core Skills Assessment
- Cave Leader Group Day Assessment
- LCMLA Water Safety
Vertical Cave &/or Mine Leader
Recently completed a course?
Following a training or assessment course candidates are encouraged to complete a feedback form. T/As will normally provide these at the end of a course however if you’d rather download a form and send it direct to our training administrator you can do so by clicking here.
Find a Trainer/Assessor
Resources for Candidates
- Ropework for Cave/Mine Leaders
- LCMLA Water Safety
- Suggested Lifelining Systems
- Thunderstorms & Flash Flooding at Long Churn Caves
- Thunderstorms & Flash Flooding at Goyden Pot & Manchester Hole
- Weather and its Effects on Caves: A Guide for Cavers
- Caving Emergency Card
- Navigating Deep Water in Porth yr Ogof
- LCMLA Mining Terms
- Radon Underground
- Vertical Leader Ropework
- Tyrolean for Groups - Rigging Notes
The following documents have been created by the South Wales Outdoor Activity Providers Groups (SWOPAG), although aimed at those working in South Wales the content is also applicable to all other caving regions. Copies of these documents can be downloaded here with thanks from SWOPAG
Log Book Pages (downloads)
Click on any of the following button to download blank log book pages
Core Skills Reassessment
Award holders are required to update their award through either attending an update workshop or completing a qualifying training or assessment course. Candidates who fail to update their awards within the appropriate period (5 years for LCMLA award holders and 3 years for CICs) must complete a Core Skills Reassessment to re-engage with the scheme.
To apply for a CSR click the following link (takes you to the Qualification Management System)