AMGA SPI Courses & Exams
AMGA Single-Pitch Instructor Course and Exam
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For the purpose of the SPI Program a single-pitch climb is one which:
- Is climbed without intermediate belays and presents no difficulties on approach or retreat. This includes skills such as route finding, scrambling or navigating.
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.
Pre-Requisites for a SPI Course:
You meet the pre-requisites for the SPI course if you:
- 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 principals and can demonstrate building solid anchors using natural and artificial protection (wires, hexes, passive and active cams).
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Two Day SPI Examination:
The two day SPI Certification Exam may be taken directly following the SPI course if the candidate successfully completes the course and meets the assessment pre-requisites. However, it is HIGHLY recommended that the SPI graduate takes time practicing and consolidating the skills learned on the course before assessment up to 6 to 12 months. It is a common practice for students to take their exam at a later date, following completion of their course. This allows additional time to practice new skills and to build confidence for the exam. Please feel free to register for any exam date of your choice.
- Day 1 will look at climbing movement and all aspects of technical systems from anchoring to assistance skills and general climbing competence.
- Day 2 the examiner may arrange for volunteer novice clients (non-paying) for the candidates to instruct in a group setting. This is not required but is a great benefit to the assessment process.
- You have successfully completed the AMGA Single-Pitch Instructor Course or the AMGA Top Rope Site Manager Course.
- You have traditionally lead climbed a minimum of 40 graded rock routes. A large number of these should have been 5.6 or harder on a variety of rock types.
- You are capable of comfortably leading traditional routes at the 5.6 grade in a variety of settings (i.e. crack, face, slab, etc.). You will be asked to demonstrate your leading ability throughout the assessment.
- You are capable of comfortably climbing 5.8 while on top rope.
To gain SPI Certification, candidates must:
The SPI Assessment can be taken directly following the SPI Course if the candidate successfully completed the course and meets the Assessment pre-requisites. However, it is highly recommended that the SPI Course candidate takes time practicing and consolidating the skills learned on the course before assessment (6-12 months).
***Please note that this course can be customized at any time***