The National Indoor Climbing Award Schemes (NICAS and NIBAS) are administered by the ABCTT, the ABC Training Trust. They are UK-wide schemes designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement on artificial climbing structures. They can be used as a starting point for people wishing to take up climbing and mountaineering. The schemes are open to all candidates aged 7 and upwards and can be used individually or as part of a formal structure such as GCSE, Duke of Edinburgh or the Curriculum For Excellence.
Each Scheme consists of five award levels of increasing technical skill and knowledge, which accredit candidates who have attained nationally agreed standards in their performance of climbing and bouldering skills on artificial structures. The Awards are recognised by the Association of British Climbing Walls, by Mountain Training and the UK Mountaineering Councils. The Schemes are supported by Sport England funding and, while their target audience is 14 to 25 year olds, the Schemes are used with candidates from 7 to 97 throughout a network of Primary and Awarding Centres. They are also accessible to candidates with physical and learning disabilities.
The Schemes are available in the British Isles, Switzerland and the Czech Republic at present.
The ABCTT consists of a Board of nine Trustees including an ABC-appointed Trustee, and is headed up by Executive Officer Martin Chester. It also has a Technical Officer, an Administrator, and access to a highly-skilled and nationally-respected team of Technical Experts and Coaches.