AMGA Single Pitch Instructor

The AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Program (SPI) is the only nationally and internationally recognized single pitch climbing instructor certification program. In 2009, the AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Program was recognized for meeting the training standards of the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA). It holds the prestigious title of “Approved Association.” No other organization in the United States offering training in single pitch terrain can make that claim.

Many land managers, insurance companies, other associations, and the general public recognize the AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Program. This program also fits into the AMGA Rock Discipline training program, taking off from the AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor Program and improves the instructor’s skill sets. SPI seamlessly integrates into the next level of training, the AMGA Rock Guide Course.

Additionally, many SPI Program Providers teach higher level courses for the AMGA and serve on the AMGA’s Technical Committee, so they are actively involved in all levels of instructor and guide training in the AMGA.

The SPI program is for active climbers with a real desire to teach rock climbing to novices in a single pitch setting. Candidates must be passionate climbers with their own equipment, regularly climb and have been rock climbing outdoors for at least 12 months.

SPI Course

Our three-day comprehensive course covers anchor systems, bottom and top managed sites, guided rappels, rescues and more. Students gain a wealth of knowledge from this program which sets the standard for climbing instruction.

Course Tuition:

Course Location:
Joshua Tree National Park, CA

Upcoming Courses:

Dec. 9th-11th 2023, May. 4th-6th 2024   

Single Pitch Instructor Exam Preparation

This course prepares prospective SPI candidate to take the SPI assessment. A WLI instructor will evaluate the skills competency of the SPI candidate, give detailed instruction and review additional topics that will be examined during the SPI assessment. (needs 2 people minimum to run)

Course Tuition:

Course Location:
Joshua Tree National Park, CA

Upcoming Exam Prep:

TBD 2024

SPI Exam

This two-day assessment will examine many aspects of institutional single pitch climbing that the Single Pitch Instructor may encounter. Candidates will focus on technical skills, instruction, and overall guiding ability. Although this is an assessment, WLI instructors emphasize continued learning through constructive feedback and debriefing.

Note: The AMGA and WLI recommend that candidates take ample time between their course completion and attempting an assessment in order to rehearse and refine their skills.   

Exam Tuition:

Exam Location:
Joshua Tree National Park, CA

Upcoming Exams: 

TBD 2024