Training – Austria Courses

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Alpenverein-Akademie Courses
Basic Training, Summer 2019
Akademie Courses for AAC(UK) Tour Leaders
Improvers’ Training, Summer 2019




These alpine courses are organised for English speaking participants by the Alpenverein-Akademie, which is based at the Alpenvereinshaus, Innsbruck. Details of these courses in English can be found here.

Don’t be put off by the advertised prices as AAC(UK) members with a minimum of 2 years’ continuous membership can obtain a reduction of up to 500€ (TBC – but not more than 50% of course cost) by applying in advance to the AAC(UK) for an Alpine Training Grant.

Young adults, aged 18 to 24 at the time of the course and with a minimum of 2 years’ continuous membership, can obtain a reduction of up to 750€ (TBC – but not more than 75% of course cost). 15 places are reserved for the young adult grants on courses for 2019.  Grants cannot be given to members who are under 18 at the time of a course.

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Basic Training, Summer 2019

Courses marked ## are now fully booked but enquire about possible vacancies.

August 11-17: Basic Klettersteige Skills Training, Weissbach bei Lofer ##

Group on Erlspitze – Uliana Kuzmisand

For those who have good hiking experience and are new to Klettersteige (via ferrata). You will receive instruction about equipment, technique and tactics on via ferrata, preparing you to attempt Klettersteige tours independently. Stay in comfort near the town.  5 per guide.

Group on Steingrubenkogel – Uliana Kuzmisand


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Details of the different types of Tour leader courses are outlined below, together with the application process for each. If you are approved for any of these courses, the course costs will be met by the AAC(UK). For more information about the courses, click on the course titles below. The course content can be found under the tab ‘Inhalte’ whilst the skills and experience can be found under the tab ‘Voraussetzungen’.

If you wish to speak to someone about the Get Ready or Übungsleiter Courses before applying, contact the relevant Head of Discipline:

For Update courses, or any other courses, contact the office on:


Get Ready Courses for Aspiring AAC(UK) Tour Leaders

Get Ready Courses are preparation courses organised by the Alpenverein-Akademie for those who want to organise and lead tours on a voluntary basis. These are not assessment courses, but prepare candidates for the skills needed for the Übungsleiter course.


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Übungsleiter Assessment Courses for AAC(UK) Tour Leaders

Übungsleiter Courses are assessment courses organised by the Alpenverein-Akademie for those who want to organise and lead tours on a voluntary basis. The emphasis is on refining and assessing the skill sets that candidates already have, with a particular focus on leadership and safety. This is particularly important for the Skihochtouren and Hochtouren awards, both of which require competence in rope techniques. Candidates are expected to have plenty of Alpine mountain experience.

September 16 – 20: Übungsleiter: Mountain Biking, JUFA Hotel Wipptal, Steinach

For those interested in leading mountain bike tours. You will learn to plan tours safely and in an environment-friendly way.  Riding  techniques and equipment are also focal points of this course. 6 places


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Update courses for AAC(UK) tour leaders

Update courses are organised by the Alpenverein-Akademie and are designed for those with an Übunglsleiter qualification, which needs to be updated every 4 years.


August 8-11:  Update Black Path & Alpine Routes, Pfeishūtte, Innsbruck

Leading a group in difficult conditions, such as wet or old snowfields, can quickly get you into trouble on a mountain walking tour. What means can you use to ensure the safety of the group, what assistance can you offer to uncertain members of the group? Recommendations and tips from our professionals for an adventurous and accident-free alpine tour.


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Improvers’ Training, Summer 2019

The Alpenverein-Akademie is no longer offering Improvers training courses for English-speaking members. The Alpine Team are commissioning two Improvers courses for summer 2019 from the commercial arm of Alpenverein Edelweiss (based in Vienna) which is called WELTbewegend. WELTbewegend can offer ‘packages’, comprising accommodation and instruction, for training courses for English speakers.

Members booking for one of the courses can do so via the Alpenverein Edelweiss website, but correspondence will come directly from WELTbewegend once booking is made (see the link to the website under the course entry below). Members must agree to the WELTbewegend’s Standard Terms of Business (click here for English version).  You will need to pay 20% of the total cost when WELTbewgend offers you a place and the remainder at least 20 days before the course starts.  WELTbewegend’s preference is for payment by bank transfer in Euros. Payment by credit card is also possible, but needs to be by phone to the WELTbewegend office – the telephone number is below.

To find out more about the courses, contact WELTbewegend on +43 1 513 85 00 or  Business Hours: 9.00 – 18.00 (Mon-Thurs), 9.00-17.00 (Fri)


Subject to the availability of funds, AAC(UK) members with a minimum of 2 years’ current and continuous membership are eligible for grants towards the cost of the Improvers training courses organised by WELTbewegend. For 2019, such grants are for EUR500 or 50% of the cost of the course, whichever is the lower. For each course two Young Adults (aged 18-24 at the time of the course) may also apply for a higher grant of EUR750 or 75% of the course, whichever is lower. The grant will be paid by AAC(UK) in two stages: 50% on proof of the final payment to WELTbewegend and 50% on proof of successful completion of the course.

Grant allocation guidance – Click for info as follows:

For members wishing to apply for a grant, the process is as follows:

  1. Grant Application Form and Course Resumé Form needs to be completed before you make an online booking with WELTbewegend. 
  2. These forms need to be returned to the AAC(UK) Office to check that you have the required experience and membership history.
  3. Once the AAC(UK) Office has confirmed this is acceptable then you can apply online for a place with WELTbewegend.

September 14 – 20: Klettersteige (Via ferratas) Improvers, 6 nights, Ramsau, Dachstein. – CANCELLED

An advanced education in technique and strategies on Via ferratas! For members who have already basic knowledge/experience on ferratas. Perfect for members who want to consolidate their knowledge, improve their techniques and tactics on ferratas and are ready to increase the level of difficulties on ferratas (up to D).

Previous experience required e.g. AV-A Basic Klettersteige course (or equivalent skills).


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Courses already completed:

June 16 – 20: Übungsleiter Mountain Walking (Bergwandern), Hämmermoosalm, Leutasch

March 9 – 13: Übungsleiter Ski Touring, Almi’s Berghotel, Obernberg

February 26 – March 2: Get Ready: Ski Touring, Hotel Lizum1600, Axamer Lizum

February 3 – 7: Übungsleiter Snowshoe Trekking, Almi’s Berghotel,  Obernberg

January 20 – 24: Get Ready: Snowshoe, Almi’s Berghotel, Obernberg


July 20 – 26: Alpine Skills Improvers, 6 nights, Taschachhaus, Ötztal Alps

July 14 – 20: Basic Alpine Skills Training, Braunschweigerhütte, Mittelberg

April 18 – 21:  Update Skihochtour (hut to hut), Venediger Group

March 17 – 23: Basic Skihochtouren Training, Jamtalhütte, Galtür

February 24 – March 2: Basic Snowshoe Training, Almi’s Berghotel, Obernberg

February 14 – 17: Update Skitour (hut to hut), Stubai Alps

February 3 – 9: Basic Ski Touring Training, Almi’s Berghotel, Obernberg

January 20 – 26: Basic Off Piste Training, Hotel Lizum1600, Axamer Lizum


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[Updated 14 August 2019]

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