AMGA SINGLE PITCH INSTRUCTOR

3-DAY COURSE and 2-DAY EXAM
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DESCRIPTION:
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.

 

PRE-REQUISITES:

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.

 

HOW TO APPLY:
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.

$375-$540
(plus tax & fees)

2-3
days
New River Gorge, WV
AMGA SPI Course Dates: 

 

  • Summer 2023 TBA 

 

AMGA SPI Assessment Dates:

 

  • Summer 2023 TBA 

 

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