The AMGA 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, and fits within the American Mountain Guides Association rock guiding program.
$500 Per Course
The SPI Course is a 27-hour training course that normally runs as three consecutive nine-hour days.
It is intended for active climbers interested in teaching novices to climb in a single-pitch setting.
Course candidates must be at least 18 years of age, have traditional lead climbing experience, and be able to top rope 5.8.
$350 Per Exam
The separate SPI Assessment is a minimum of 16 hours run over a two-day period and is required to obtain Single Pitch Instructor certification, which lasts for three years.
Candidates are strongly encouraged to allow ample time (typically a few months) to practice the skills learned on the course prior to assessment.
Assessment candidates must be current AMGA members who have completed at least 40 traditional lead climbs on various rock types and are able to lead confidently, efficiently, and safely at a grade of 5.6 or harder.