Becoming an AMGA SPI Provider

Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Providers are a vital component of the AMGA. Based throughout the country, SPI Providers teach AMGA SPI courses and facilitate assessments. 

As representatives of the AMGA and providers of the SPI curriculum – we look for dedicated educators with comprehensive teaching and/or mentoring experience that are committed to helping students succeed. In addition to climbing and technical expertise, being able to articulate written and verbal feedback is an essential skill for those interested in becoming a provider. We are also seeking individuals who are committed to creating inclusive learning environments for all aspiring climbing instructors. The process of becoming an SPI Provider is outlined below. 


Program Information

(Updated 12/12/19: Please read thoroughly)

  • Prerequisites:

    SPI Provider Prerequisites:

    1. Current AMGA Member

    2. Current CPR Certification

    3. Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification or higher that meets the Minimum Guidelines and Scope of Practice for a WFR.

    4. Minimum training level required:
    a. Certified AMGA Rock Guide or AMGA Multi Pitch Instructor
    i. AMGA Certified Rock Instructors will be accepted until 2023

    5. Minimum 150 days teaching and instructing
    a. 50 of these days must be teaching or instructing rock climbing

    6. Able to onsight lead 5.9 traditional climbs at the time of the training course and is capable of giving a lead demonstration with movement that inspires confidence and is worthy of emulation.


  • How to Apply:

    Application Instructions:

    In order for your application to be considered please submit the following items prior to the application deadline:

    1. Cover letter - specifically express:

    • Why you want to become a provider
    • Where you plan to work as a provider

    2. Professional resume - that highlights a background in teaching or instructing.

    3. Climbing instruction and teaching resume - Applicants must use the resume-template provided by the AMGA

    • Document 10 - 5.9 (or harder) traditional climbs within the past year
    • Document 50 days of rock climbing instruction

    4. $65 non-refundable application fee - To pay over the phone, please call Andrew, 303.578.3655 or mail check to AMGA Attn: CIP Manager 4720 Walnut Street Suite 200, Boulder, CO 80301

    Please submit these three documents via email to the Climbing Instructor Program Manager, Andrew Megas-Russell, and pay the application fee prior to the application deadline.

    Please do not submit AMGA course evaluations or certifications with the application. These may be reviewed during the application process. You do not need to include these.

  • Application Review:

    Application Review:

    Enrollment decisions are based on a number of factors including the following:

    • Application is received by the application deadline
    • Resume completeness and strength
    • Evaluations from previous courses and exams
    • Previous wait list status

    Best Qualified applicants considerably exceed the minimum prerequisites

    Well Qualified applicants exceed the minimum prerequisites

    Qualified applicants meet the minimum prerequisites

  • Additional Information:

    Additional Information:

    • How long does it take to become a provider?
    There is no set time, but for many providers this is a multi year process.

    • Can I observe a program, in preparation to becoming a provider, prior to submitting an application?
    No. The AMGA requires that you submit an application, gain acceptance as a Provider in Training and then observe programs.

    • The AMGA does not reimburse for any travel, food, lodging or associated costs to become a provider.

    • SPI Providers are required to be in compliance with AMGA Scope of Practice.

    • Once your application is accepted you will receive more information.

    • If you have additional questions after referring to this entire page, please contact Andrew [email protected]



SPI Provider Schedule

  • Application period will open December 17th, 2020
  • Application period will close Sunday, January 26th, 2020
  • Acceptance notifications sent by Friday, February 14th, 2020
  • The Summer SPI Provider Training Course dates are June 18th and 19th 2020 in Boulder, Colorado. The cost of the course is $335. * POSTPONED – Future date TBD*