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The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Single-Pitch Instructor (SPI) Exam is the first in the AMGA sequence of climbing instructor and guide training assessments. The SPI exam is designed to help recreational climbers transition into capable and effective climbing instructors. The exam certifies that the instructor has 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.

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.

Need climbing instructor training but don’t meet the AMGA SPI Assessment prerequisites? Kaf Adventures also offers a variety of instructional courses in many disciplines. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us for more details.

Please note that this exam can be customized at any time of the year.

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

For the SPI program Manual click AMGA SPI Manual.