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) and was granted the prestigious title of “Approved Association.” No other organization in the United States offering training in single pitch terrain can make that claim. Also, the AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Program is recognized by many land managers, insurance companies, other associations and the general public. The AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Program has been created to fit in the AMGA Rock Discipline training program, taking off from the AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor Program and greatly improving the instructor’s skill sets and integrating into the next level of training, the AMGA Rock Guide Course. The SPI Program curriculum has been designed with this in mind and many of the SPI Program Providers work teaching 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 that have a real desire to teach rock climbing to novices in a single pitch setting. Candidates should be passionate climbers with their own equipment, regularly climb and have been rock climbing outdoors for at least 12 months.

SPI Course

This three-day comprehensive course covers anchor systems, bottom and top managed sites, guided rappels, rescues and more. Every student will benefit from the wealth of knowledge they will get from this program that sets the standard for climbing instruction.
Course Tuition:
Course Location:
Joshua Tree National Park, CA

Upcoming Courses:
Oct. 12th – 14th 2019, Nov. 9th – 11th 2019, Dec. 7th – 9th 2019, Jan. 3rd – 5th 2020, Feb. 1st – 3rd 2020, Mar. 7th – 9th 2020, Apr. 1st – 3rd 2020

SPI Exam Preparation

This course will prepare the 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:
Dec. 13th 2019, Jan. 10th 2020

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:
Oct. 5th – 6th 2019, Nov. 2nd – 3rd 2019, Dec. 14th – 15th 2019, Jan. 11th – 12th 2020, Feb. 8th – 9th 2020, Mar. 14th – 15th 2020, Apr. 4th – 5th 2020, May 2rd – 3rd 2020