Training - CIC Scheme

Cave Instructor Certificate Scheme (CIC)


The CIC Handbook 1st Edition can be downloaded free from the Downloads page as a PDF File (excluding Part 7) or purchased from the BCA Training Administrator for £10 inc p&p (excluding Parts 4 & 5).

Part 4 Notes for Trainer / Assessors and Part 5 Notes for Administration are not included in the paper copy of the CIC Handbook and can be downloaded free from the Downloads page as a PDF file or purchased from the BCA Training Administrator for £5 inc p&p.

Part 7 Communications Directory is not included in the CIC Handbook PDF file and can be downloaded free from the Downloads page. Updates to Part 7 will be posted on the Downloads page as necessary


The Cave Instructor Certificate (CIC) Scheme is the highest instructing award designed for those involved in introducing others to caving, passing technical skills on to others and instructing in a variety of caves at different technical levels. The scheme has four stages - enrolment, training, assessment and issue of an award.

Prior to entering the scheme, prospective candidates should have a minimum of 2 years experience of the exploration of caves, potholes and abandoned mines. The candidate should be over 18 years of age and have achieved a suitable level of experience before undertaking a training course. After this the candidate may then go forward to be assessed against a set of modules. On successful completion of these modules, the candidate shall be given the CIC. The award is valid for a period of three years and is subject to conditions of maintaining a level of activity and holding a valid first aid certificate. A CIC holder can update their award for periods of an additional three years by attending an update workshop.

Completion of the CIC Scheme is seen as being particularly appropriate for those wishing to work professionally in instructed caving and needing a formal check on their all-round competence. It is also the relevant qualification for those offering technical caving advice to organisations (e.g. to Outdoor Activity Centres). CIC holders should be able to work with novice and more experienced groups alike, in a safe, competent and professional manner with due regard for environmental care. A high degree of fluency and proficiency in the use of modern techniques enables the CIC holder to teach these effectively to interested cavers.

The CIC Scheme is of value to the club caver who wishes to pass technical skills on to fellow cavers. Training for the CIC Scheme gives an ideal repertoire of skills and knowledge for those involved with training club cavers. There is no obligation to proceed to assessment for those working in a voluntary or informal capacity.

(Taken from CIC Handbook)