AMGA Single Pitch Instructor

instructor_SPI_B&WSinglePitchInstructorThe 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, which includes the AMGA Rock Guide Course and the Multi-Pitch Instructor certification.
  • 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 as 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 SPI’s 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.

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.

Please contact the Program Provider directly if you have questions regarding the course selected.

  • SPI COURSE PREREQUISITES

    Prerequisites:

    • You are a Professional Member of the AMGA.
    • 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.

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

  • SPI ASSESSMENT PREREQUISITES

    Prerequisites

    • You are a current member of the AMGA.
    • You have successfully completed an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course.
    • You have led a minimum of 40 traditional routes, most of which should be 5.6 and on a variety of rock types.
    • You are able to comfortably lead 5.6 traditional routes, which means you place protection.
    • You are able to comfortably climb 5.8 on top rope.
    • The SPI Assessment can be taken directly following the SPI Course if the candidate successfully completed the course and meets the assessment prerequisites. However, it is highly recommended that the SPI Course candidate take time practicing and consolidating the skills learned on the course before assessment (6-12 months).
    • You do not need First Aid training to take the course or assessment. However, it is your responsibility to hold appropriate medical certification for the location that you are working in.

Schedule

NOTES: 1. Click on the direction icon in the Dates column to arrange courses in chronological order.

2. Click on the blue information icon in the Code column to get contact information for the Program Provider.

Program Type Code Location State Dates Tuition Status Apply
Single Pitch Instructor Exam JJAC-SPI-A-2021-10 Joshua Tree California 5/8/21 - 5/9/21 $375.00 Open Apply
Single Pitch Instructor Exam NDAY-SPI-A-2021-8 Joshua Tree California 4/24/21 - 4/25/21 $385.00 Open Apply
Single Pitch Instructor Exam MP-SPI-A-2021-3 Oregon 5/8/21 - 5/9/21 $440.00 Open Apply
Single Pitch Instructor Exam MP-SPI-A-2021-5 Washington 6/5/21 - 6/6/21 $440.00 Open Apply
Single Pitch Instructor Course JJAC-SPI-C-2021-9 Joshua Tree California 5/1/21 - 5/3/21 $525.00 Open Apply
Single Pitch Instructor Course NDAY-SPI-C-2021-7 Joshua Tree California 4/17/21 - 4/19/21 $530.00 Open Apply
Single Pitch Instructor Course MP-SPI-C-2021-4 Oregon 5/5/21 - 5/7/21 $599.00 Open Apply
Single Pitch Instructor Course MP-SPI-C-2021-6 Washington 6/2/21 - 6/4/21 $599.00 Open Apply
Provider
Wilderness Leadership Institute
Location
Joshua Tree, California
Phone
619-303-5688
Email
[email protected]
Provider
The Climbing Life Guides
Location
Joshua Tree, California
Phone
760-600-0249
Email
[email protected]
Provider
KAF Adventures
Location
, Oregon
Phone
206-413-5418
Email
[email protected]
Provider
KAF Adventures
Location
, Washington
Phone
206-413-5418
Email
[email protected]m
Provider
Wilderness Leadership Institute
Location
Joshua Tree, California
Phone
619-303-5688
Email
[email protected]
Provider
The Climbing Life Guides
Location
Joshua Tree, California
Phone
760-600-0249
Email
[email protected]
Provider
KAF Adventures
Location
, Oregon
Phone
206-413-5418
Email
[email protected]
Provider
KAF Adventures
Location
, Washington
Phone
206-413-5418
Email
[email protected]