LCMLA Assessments

Please refer to the BCA handbook for the most up to date assessment prerequisites.

Level 1 Assessments

Before applying to start your Level 1 assessment you must have completed a Level 1 training course and have a Section 4A report in your logbook. Candidates may only be assessed in environments they have been trained in, i.e. you may not assess in mines unless you have completed the mine training or a combined cave and mine training.
Highly experienced candidates can apply to the BCA Training Officer for exemption from training. Evidence of exemption must be seen before booking an assessment.

Please send me a copy of the Section 1 (yellow) registration page and Section 4A training course report from your logbook. I will either need to see your logbook or an accurate digital version before accepting you for assessment.
As an absolute minimum, you should have logged:

  • 1 year of caving experience
  • 30 logged trips in a minimum of 10 different venues
  • 5 quality trips*
  • Some trips should be as a leader under supervision
  • Some trips may be beyond the Level 1 remit
  • Cave assessments require experience in 2 regions. Mine assessments in 2 mineral types (Slate/Metal/Stone)

The BCA normally require 2 weeks notice for assessments but last minute ones can be arranged.

Module 1
Assessments can involve 1 or 2 candidates and cover mine & cave if required.
I cannot assess this module if I also trained you.

I will provide you with a homepaper once you have booked and I will require that back a minimum of 1 week before your assessment date.

I will set the venue and agenda for the day. You will require all your own personal caving kit but I can provide all ropes and hardware.

Outcomes:
Pass – move on to module 2.
Defer – a small amount of written of practical reassessment required at no additional cost if completed with myself.
Fail – a number of areas below par and you will need to go away and consolidate before presenting for assessment again after an advised time. Can use another assessor.

Module 2
Assessments are 1:1 at this module. Your work schedule must allow for approx. 1 hour of debrief time if required after the assessment. You cannot use me for this assessment if I did your Module 1.

I will require an annotated survey for each of the venues you wish to have listed on your certificate. The survey should indicate conservation points, hazards and interesting features. Also include notes on any ropework, flooding potential and the access details for the venue.

You will need to organise an appropriate group to visit one of the harder venues on your intended list. You will need to organise the entire session/day including equipment. If you do not have access to kit then please speak to me as I may be able to help.

Outcomes:
Pass – LCMLA award issued.
Defer – Some verbal or written task required to complete assessment.
Fail – any cause for assessor to step in during day or need to see candidate underground with a group again.

Level 2 Assessments

Before applying to start your Level 2 assessment you must have completed your Level 1 award and have a Section 4B assessment report in your logbook. Candidates may only be assessed in environments they have been assessed in at L1, i.e. you may not assess L2 in mines unless you have a L1 mine award.
Highly experienced candidates can apply to the BCA Training Officer for exemption from training. Evidence of exemption must be seen before booking an assessment.

Please send me a copy of the Section 1 (yellow) registration page and a copy of your Level 1 pass page from your logbook. I will either need to see your logbook or an accurate digital version before accepting you for assessment.
As an absolute minimum, you should have logged:

  • 1 year of caving experience
  • An additional 30 logged trips in vertical environments beyond the L1 prerequisites
  • 5 quality trips*
  • Some trips should be as a leader under supervision
  • Some trips may be beyond the Level 2 remit

The BCA normally require 2 weeks notice for assessments but last minute ones can be arranged.

Module 3
1:2 for standard assessments, 1:1 for assessments including Module 5. I cannot assess this module if I also trained you at L2.

I will provide you with a homepaper once you have booked and I will require that back a minimum of 1 week before your assessment date.

I will set the venue and agenda for the day. You will require all your own personal caving kit but I can provide all ropes and hardware.

Outcomes:
Pass – move on to module 4.
Defer – a small amount of written of practical reassessment required at no additional cost if completed with myself.
Fail – a number of areas below par and you will need to go away and consolidate before presenting for assessment again after an advised time. Can use another assessor.

Module 4
Assessments are 1:1 at this module. Your work schedule must allow for approx. 1 hour of debrief time if required after the assessment. You cannot use me for this assessment if I did your Module 3.

I will require an annotated survey for each of the venues you wish to have listed on your certificate. The survey should indicate conservation points, hazards and interesting features. Also include notes/diagrams of all ropework, flooding potential and the access details for the venue.

You will need to organise an appropriate group to visit one of the harder venues on your intended list. You will need to organise the entire session/day including equipment. If you do not have access to kit then please speak to me as I may be able to help.

Outcomes:
Pass – LCMLA award issued.
Defer – Some verbal or written task required to complete assessment.
Fail – any cause for assessor to step in during day or need to see candidate underground with a group again.

Module 5
1:1 if combined with Module 3 or 1:2 if standalone. I cannot assess this module if I also trained you at L2.

I will provide you with a homepaper once you have booked and I will require that back a minimum of 1 week before your assessment date.

I will set the venue and agenda for the day. You will require all your own personal caving kit but I can provide all ropes and hardware.

Outcomes:
Pass – move on to module 4 if not completed or receive additional SRT endorsement to L2 award.
Defer – a small amount of written of practical reassessment required at no additional cost if completed with myself.
Fail – a number of areas below par and you will need to go away and consolidate before presenting for assessment again after an advised time. Can use another assessor.

Cave to Mine or Mine to Cave assessments
Please contact me for details but in essence you are completing a Module 1 in the second environment to add it to your existing LCMLA award.
For all other assessment enquiries please contact me direct.

 

* A quality day should satisfy at least 4 of the following criteria:

  • Exploration of a new route or cave (new to the candidate that is)
  • Incorporates at least 4 to 5 hours of underground exploration.
  • An experience that develops an individuals caving knowledge, skills and awareness.
  • Incorporates caving skills above the level of the candidate’s qualification.
  • Of the candidates own making i.e. the candidate is to lead the trip, or it is one done with peers and not led by an external source.
  • For level 1, involves the application of vertical skills, digging or exploration.
  • Exploration of caves with a streamway that responds to rainfall.