Within the TSAC several courses can be followed.

TNO organises the courses for the indoor climbing and rescue techniques for outdoor climbing. In the course schedule you can find the exact dates and times at which the courses are given and how to apply for them.

Course overview





Indoor Toprope (KVB-IT)

This course is mandatory for all new TSAC-members who aren’t already in possession of this certification. With this certification a member can toprope in the Sports Centre if there is an attendant (Dutch: "zaalwacht") present.

Course material Indoor Toprope

Indoor Lead Climbing (KVB-IV)

This course is meant for people who would like to lead climb on the walls of the sports centre. The course and the additional theory material is a follow up for the Indoor Toprope course. With this certificate a member can toprope and lead climb the sports centre walls without any attendant present, as long as he or she is with two other climbers that have the KVB-IV certificate or higher. To start this course a member has to be able to climb at least 3 routes on the concrete wall with ease, and have their KVB-IT certificate.

Course material Indoor Lead Climbing

Outdoor Lead Climbing (KVB-OV)

This course is meant for people who want to climb lead outdoors on rock. The course and theory material follows up on the Indoor Lead course. With this course you are allowed to climb adequately bolted single pitches with an instructor present at the crag. On top of this certificate you can get the additional qualifications Multi-Pitch climbing (MP) and Traditional climbing (Trad).

Course material Outdoor Lead Climbing

License courses

The TSAC also offers NKBV acknowledged license courses. If you like to follow a course like that yourself, you can contact the TSAC-coursecentre, by sending an email to

Assistant Sport Climbing Instructor level 2 – Indoor Toprope (SKB2-IT)

An SKB2-IT can assist a SKI3 in giving a toprope course and is allowed to be an attendant (‘zaalwacht’) at the walls of the UT. The NKBV exam for SKB2-IT only consists of a portfolio rating by an external examinator. The course consists of giving an Indoor Toprope course with exam under supervision of a PB.

Assistant Sport Climbing Instructor level 2 – Outdoor (SKB2-outdoor)

An SKB2-outdoor can also mentor inexperienced climbers on outdoor rock. People on Trad level can also do this in non bolted terrain. An SKB2-outdoor can also help giving indoor and outdoor courses supervised by a SKI3. You can do this course when you have the KVB-OV-MP certificate an can at least lead climb a 5b outdoors with ease.The course for SKB2-outdoor consists of internship with a PB. The NKBV-exam will be a portfolio rating and a practice exam that will be done by an external examinator.

Sport Climbing Instructor level 3 – Indoor Lead Climbing (SKI3-IV)

An SKI3-IV can give instruction at the walls of the UT. The NKBV-exam will be a portfolio and practice examination. The last one is giving an Indoor Lead course under supervision of an external examinator.

Sport Climbing Instructor level 3 – Outdoor Lead Climbing (SKI3-OV)

An SKI3-OV can and may do everything a SKB2-outdoor and a SKI3-IV can and may do, but is also allowed to give an OV course outdoors and lead TSAC weekends. The licence SKI3-OV is  and optional modules for Multi-Pitch and Trad climbing. The NKBV-exam is a portfolio examination with several practice exams, which are supervised by external examinators. When being examined, the candidate should also be in possession of valid outdoor First Aid.

Instructor Trainer (PB/LC)

A practice mentor (praktijkbegeleider in Dutch thus PB) can mentor sports climbing mentors or instructors to be while doing their practice on the level on which the PB himself as a SKI3 licence.

A learning coach coordinates the total educational trajectory of a sports climbing mentor or instructor to be. A learning coach is always a PB.

Instructor Examiner (BE)

An assessor (beoordelaar in Dutch so BE) is allowed to examinate all licence exams for the NKBV for which he himself has a licence. An assessor is always a PB.