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The Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Program teaches climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single-pitch setting. The SPI is the only internationally recognized single-pitch climbing instructor certification program in the United States. It was developed to fit in the AMGA Rock program. Benefits:
  • It significantly improves the instructor’s skill sets and integrates into the next level of training, the AMGA Rock Instructor Course.
  • The program is for current, active rock climbers who have a real desire to teach rock climbing to novices in a single-pitch setting.
  • The SPI Course is a 27-hour training course that normally runs for three consecutive nine-hour days or day classes with evening sessions.
  • The SPI Assessment is a minimum of 16 hours run over a two-day period.
  • Certification lasts for three years as long as the candidate keeps current AMGA Membership and First Aid Certification.
  • After three years current SPIs can re-take the SPI Assessment to regain the SPI certification.
  • Taking any higher level AMGA Course also recertifies the SPI certification for another three years.



The prerequisites are absolute minimums. Without having at least this amount of experience you are unlikely to make the best use of the training.


  • You have a genuine interest in rock climbing and instructing novices on single-pitch crags.

  • You are at least 18 years old at the time of the course.

  • You have at least 12 months prior climbing experience.

  • You are an active climber with traditional lead climbing experience (leader placing pro).

  • You have led a minimum of 15 traditional rock climbing routes (any grade).

  • You are capable of comfortably climbing 5.8 while on a top rope.


Step 1: Join the AMGA (or log in to your existing account)
Step 2: Apply to Your Course or Assessment
  • Sign in to your myAMGA account.
  • Click the “Apply for a Program” tab.
  • Select the discipline and course type you are applying to.
  • Select the specific program you are applying to and click “apply.”
  • Confirm your prerequisites.


Step 3: The SPI Course/Exam Director will follow up with you by phone to finalize your registration and answer any questions you may have.

(plus tax & fees)

New River Gorge, WV
AMGA SPI Course Dates: 


  • Summer 2024 TBA 


AMGA SPI Assessment Dates:


  • August 28-29, 2023 


*Courses and Exams are directed by:
Elaina Arenz, AMGA SPI Provider Trainer



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