Weekly
Dates
Smith Rock, OR, Missoula, MT
Location
3 Days
Duration
Outdoor
Setting
Advanced
Skill Level

The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Single-Pitch Instructor (SPI) Course is the first in the AMGA sequence of climbing instructor and guide training programs. The SPI course was designed to help recreational climbers transition into capable and effective climbing instructors. The course focuses on the technical and teaching skills required  to instruct rock climbing in a single-pitch setting.

For the purpose of the SPI Program a single-pitch climb is: climbed without intermediate belays and presents no difficulties on approach or retreat. This includes skills such as route finding, scrambling or navigating.

In addition, the course addresses the essential educational and environmental tenets required to teach climbing. Those seeking certification may go on to take a two day field examination following the course or at any time within three years after successfully completing the course.

The SPI course is intended for recreational climbers who are already proficient in both top rope and lead climbing. It was designed to benefit those who wish to teach outdoor climbing skills to groups such as:  guide services, camps, schools, universities, therapeutic groups, churches, and climbing gyms. Those who wish to teach climbing in the outdoors tend to have a much higher success rate in obtaining employment as climbing instructors with this training and certification. The AMGA strongly suggests this course as a precursor to those interested in pursuing Rock Instructor or Rock Guide training and certification.

Certified Single-Pitch Instructors are expected to demonstrate the technical and educational proficiencies necessary to instruct a variety of single pitch rock climbing skills in a safe and effective manner in all settings. While not all students are fully prepared for the exam by the end of the course, every participant will have the training to practice and prepare for an exam in the future.

For more SPI Course information, click Single Pitch Instructor Certification.

For the SPI program Manual click AMGA SPI Manual.

AGES 18+ for adult courses or 16+ with consent from a guardian and Kaf approval.
12-18 for youth courses.
PREREQUISITES Have a genuine interest in rock climbing and instructing novices on single-pitch crags.
Are at least 18 years old at the time of the course.
Have at least 12 months prior climbing experience.
Are an active climber with traditional lead climbing experience (leader placing pro).
Have trad lead climbed a minimum of 15 graded rock climbing routes (any grade).
Are capable of comfortably climbing 5.8 while on a top rope.
You are able to comfortably set-up climbs, belays, and rappels without guidance.
Have a solid foundation of anchoring principles and can demonstrate building solid anchors using natural and artificial protection (wires, hexes, passive and active cams).
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN AMGA and Rock Certification Process
Climbing equipment and its role to the instructor
Review of necessary knots and hitches
Instructor and student belay techniques
Management of climbing sites
Institutional anchors and rock protection
Instructor teaching techniques and risk management
Professionalism in climbing instruction
Practical skills for top-managed sites
Climbing site organization and group management
Discussion and practice of lowering techniques
Assistance skills for top-managed sites
Practical skills for bottom-managed sites
Techniques for climbing movement instruction
INCLUDED 27 hours of AMGA SPI Provider instruction
Individual and group debriefs
NOT INCLUDED Transportation
Lunch
Personal climbing gear
EQUIPMENT A detailed equipment list will be sent to you prior to the start of the course.
RENTALS We offer full-service rentals. If you need any gear, please visit our rental page.
TRANSPORTATION & TIMES Transportation and times will be coordinates by email when the pre-trip announcement is sent to all registrants.
WHAT’S NEXT? Consider registering for the AMGA SPI Exam, Rock Climbing: Advanced, or Ice Climbing: Beginner.
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Please note that this course can be customized at anytime for two or more participants. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us for more details.

CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.

 

Plan on spending a large portion of the day standing around outdoors. Plan on dealing with inclement weather. The course will run rain or shine.

Please see the AMGA course manual for the curriculum flow.

Each day will run from 8am–5pm. Participants will spend most of the time in small group discussions with breakout sessions to practice the skills taught. Each class will be focused on top rope site management and will demonstrate new skills and tricks from the industry.

You will be responsible for your own food.

Camping  options are available near the climbing site and there may be showers and cell phone coverage at the climbing site and/or campground.

Below is a detailed course itinerary, logistical information, reading material, and an equipment list.

Single Pitch Instructor Certification

Single Pitch Assessment Overview

2015 AMGA SPI Manual

SPI Equipment List

SPI Suggested Reading

This course will take place at either location:
Smith Rock State Park, Oregon, or Missoula, Montana

14-16 April: Smith Rock State Park, Oregon
29-1 September/October, Mt. Erie, WA.

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CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.

We are really excited to head out there with you! Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Book Online
CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.