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:

Nov. 7th – 9th 2020, Dec. 5th – 7th 2020, Jan. 2nd – 4th 2021, Feb. 6th – 8th 2021, Mar. 6th – 8th 2021, Apr. 6th – 8th 2021, May 1st – 3rd 2021 

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.

Course Tuition:
Course Location:
Joshua Tree National Park, CA

Upcoming Dates:
Apr. 9th 2021

SPI Exam

This two-day assessment will examine all aspects of institutional single pitch climbing that the Single Pitch Instructor may encounter. Students will focus on technical skills, instruction and overall guiding ability. Although this is an assessment, WLI instructors emphasize continued learning through constructive debrief feedback.
Exam Tuition:
Exam Location:
Joshua Tree National Park, CA

Upcoming Exams: 

Dec. 12th – 13th 2020, Jan. 9th – 10th 2021, Feb. 13th – 14th 2021, Mar. 13th – 14th 2021, Apr. 10th – 11th 2021, May 8th – 9th 2021