2017 Schedule

January 2-3 San Juan, PR                                                          February 22-23  Ciales, Puerto Rico

March 14-15 Ciales, Puerto Rico                                              March 25-26 Ciales, Puerto Rico

April 7-8 San Juan, Puerto Rico                                               May 10-11 Ciales, Puerto Rico

June 8-9 Ciales, Puerto Rico                                                     September 13-14  Ciales

November 29-30  Ciales                                                              December 21-22  Ciales

Price: $365

The Single Pitch Instructor Program is designed to meet the needs of today’s climbing instructors and this course should enable instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting.

From the AMGA Website:

The AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Program is the only nationally recognized single pitch climbing instructor certification program by most land managers, insurance companies, other professional associations, and of course 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.

Candidates could be current university personnel that teach climbing, NOLS or OB 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 any of these settings.

For the purpose of the SPI Program a single pitch climb is one which:

  • Is climbed without intermediate belays and presents no difficulties on approach or retreat, such as route finding, scrambling or navigating.

Assessment Length

The SPI Assessment is a two-day (16 hour) examination of the skills taught in the SPI Course.  Upon successful passing of the assessment, SPI Certification lasts for three years as long as the candidate keeps current AMGA Membership and First Aid Certification.IMG 0001 8

After three years, current SPI’s can re-take the SPI Assessment to re-gain the SPI certification.

Taking any higher level AMGA Course also re-certifies the SPI certifcation for another three years.

SPI Assessment Overview

This two day assessment tests all of the skills taught in the SPI Course, including:
Protection and Anchoring
Teaching pedagogy
Site Organization and Group Management
Base Managed Sites Assistance Skills
Risk Management
Lead Climbing
Top Managed Sites
Climbing Movement
For more information on prerequisites for the  SPI assessment requirements, please visit the AMGA website here.
Please call or e-mail with questions or to book your next training seminar: 970-586-4077
or contact us: eli@climbinglife.com


SPI Provider Eli Helmuth is an AMGA Certified Rock, Alpine, and Ski Mountaineer and IFMGA Licensed Guide
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