Walking has become more popular than ever, and no-one could be happier than us lot at Tread Gower about that. In light of such popularity it is surprising to learn that there is no legal requirement to have any sort of qualification to call yourself a 'Guide'. One need only demonstrate a level of 'competence' Eeek, I hear you cry. Its an interesting area. Qualifications are not the be all and end all. however i would know where i would want to put my hard-earned in learning a specialist skill . All guides at Tread Gower hold National Governing Body (NGB) Awards from the Mountain Training Association UK, and we think its important you know that. The NGB Award scheme facilitated by MTA requires a significant level of commitment, significant training, an individual commitment to consolidating skill level and rigorous assessment. This obviously doesn't guarantee that the instructors are any good or can communicate their knowledge; it does however show that there has been a commitment to acquire a leadership qualification over a long period of time, and to put in the level of hard work required to achieve an award. It is also worth noting that many people have attended training courses, but have not completed the assessment necessary to complete and pass a NGB award. Whoever you work with, enjoy, but remember that little Latin phrase- Caveat Emptor!!