Single Pitch Instructor (SPI)
The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor Program is the only nationally and also internationally recognized and endorsed climbing instructor certification for single pitch instructors in the USA. The AMGA SPI Program is the sole US endorsed UIAA climbing instructor certification and was created by the AMGA over a decade ago (1998). The certification is now required for permits to work in many areas and is the only certification required by legitimate programs seeking climbing instructors in the USA today.
The AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Program is designed to enable climbing instructors to 'proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting.' The program is for current, active rock climbers that have a real desire to teach the rock climbing to novices in a single pitch setting. Candidates should be passionate rock climbers that have their own equipment, regularly climb and have been rock climbing outdoors for at least 12 months. Climbing Instructors, Scout Leaders, Summer Camp Professionals or climbers that wish to achieve additional training, experience and certification to gain employment as a Climbing Instructor in the Outdoor Industry.
The SPI Course is not a 'climbing' course it is an instructor training course for current, proficient and active rock climbers and for climbing instructors who currently teach rock climbing that wish to gain the SPI Certification. The course teaches many instructor specific topics such as professionalism, teaching techniques, risk management, group site organization, climbing site conservation/LNT and assistance/rescue skills.
The SPI Program is a three-day (27 hour) training course and separate two-day (16 hour) SPI Assessment course is required in order to obtain the SPI certification. The SPI course does not offer a certification. After the SPI course, candidates can take an SPI Assessment, which passing can result in a certification that lasts for three years as long as the candidate keeps current AMGA Membership and First Aid Certification. After three years current SPI's can re-take the SPI Assessment or take any higher level AMGA Program to re-gain the SPI certification. Appalachian State will only be hosting the SPI Program and will not be hosting the SPI Assessment. The closest SPI Assessment locations are in Brevard, North Carolina.
3 Days, 20 Hours
Climbing wall staff, climbing gym staff, university outdoor education programs
Pre-requisites for Certification at the AMGA SPI:
- 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 experiences (leader placing pro).
- Have trad lead climbed a minimum of 15 graded rock climbing routes (any grade).
- Are capable of comfortably climbing a 5.8 while on top rope.
SPI Terrian Guidelines
- The SPI will be able to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting. Single Pitch Instructors supervise and teach climbing at any single pitch cliff, working at the base or from the top. They can work at sites where the anchors are accessed by non technical terrain and also by leading. For the purpose of the SPI Program a single pitch climb is one which:
- Is climbed without intermediate belays
- Presents no difficulties on approach or retreat, such as route finding, scrambling, or navigating
The SPI Program does not cover multipitch guiding. These skills are taught in the AMGA Rock Instructor Course. The above pre-requisites are absolute minimums and most candidates have way in excess of the above. Without having at least this amount of experience you are unlikely to play a constructive part of the course or be able to make best use of the training.
To gain the AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certification you must complete the three day AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course and seperate two day Single Pitch Instructor Assessment . Appalachian State University will not be hosting the Assessment course.
$525 - Current Appalachian State University Students
$575 - Other
$200 - Deposit can be made to reserve your spot on this course
AMGA Membership is required. If you do not already have a membership, the fee is an additional $85 (this payment is due after registration)
Friday, November 3 - Sunday November 5, 2017
Linville Gorge Wilderness (Friday - Sunday)
This course will predominately take place in the backcountry so be prepared for camping.
No certification recieved. If you are interested in recieving a certification, you will need to take the SPI Assessment - an additional course with additional costs that is not hosted by Appalachian State University.
Academic Course Credit:
Appalachian State University's Recreation Management Department offers 1.00 credit for this course. The course number is RM3537. This is optional. Enrollment for this course can take place via ApplNet course registration. Payment for course may take place AFTER ApplNet registration. If you need any further assistance with academic course credit, contact Dr. Melissa Weddell.
Student Recreation Center
150 Bodenheimer Drive
Boone, North Carolina 28608
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