association of caving instructors


The Association aims:

  • To promote the Cave Instructor Certificate (CIC) as a professional qualification in Britain and abroad.
  • To promote good practice in caving technique and instruction.
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and to disseminate information relevant to caving technique and instruction.
  • To represent and promote the views of CIC holders to the national and regional bodies of caving.
  • To foster and strengthen links with all relevant national and regional bodies and caving clubs.
  • To contribute to the development of the CIC scheme, and provide support for trainee caving instructors.
  • To produce and maintain a directory of members, and provide support to their role as caving instructors.

FULL MEMBERSHIP is open to all holders of the Cave Instructor Certificate CIC. The membership year runs from April to March, and benefits include access to:

  • Training Workshops
  • Regular news and information via e-mail and website members' area
  • Membership Card
  • Substantial discounts on a range of equipment
  • Use of Logo in advertising
  • An entry on the website Freelance Instructors list
  • Direct ACI representation on the various BCA Committees
  • A Code of Professional Conduct

TRAINEE MEMBERSHIP is open to aspirant cave instructors who have registered for the CIC scheme with the British Caving Association and completed an approved CIC Training Course. Benefits of trainee membership are the same as those for full members including equipment discounts, but exclude use of the logo and entry on the freelance list. Membership does offer a valuable opportunity to establish contact with experienced and established instructors and attend training workshops prior to assessment.

To apply for membership please download the membership form and return it to