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AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Assessment

The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) The Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Program teaches climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting. The SPI is the only internationally recognized single pitch climbing instructor certification program in the United States. It was developed to fit in the AMGA Rock program.

This page and application is for admission to the SPI Assessment, which is a minimum of 16 hours run over a two-day period. This particular assessment is an all BIPoC space to support the mission of Climbers of Color to build and support leaders of color in outdoor rock climbing. The guides/instructors and participants will all be BIPoC.

Thank you to our sponsor for this course, The North Face.



  • Mt. Erie, WA (camping included with tuition)


  • You identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or Person of Color

  • You are at least 18 years old.

  • You are a current member of the American Mountain Guides Association at the time of the course. (If you're not a member already, you can sign up at after being accepted.)

  • You are a current member of the AMGA.

  • You have successfully completed an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course within the past 2 years. For those renewing, their SPI certification must be valid or within 1 year of expiration.

  • You have led a minimum of 40 traditional routes, most of which should be 5.6 and on a variety of rock types.

  • You are able to comfortably lead 5.6 traditional routes, which means you place protection.

  • You are able to comfortably climb 5.8 on top rope.

  • The SPI Assessment can be taken directly following the SPI Course if the candidate successfully completed the course and meets the assessment prerequisites. However, it is highly recommended that the SPI Course candidate take time practicing and consolidating the skills learned on the course before assessment (3-6 months).

  • You do not need First Aid training to take the course or assessment. However, it is your responsibility to hold appropriate medical certification for the location that you are working in.


  • August 9th and 10th, ~8a-5pm daily


  • Sliding fee scale (choose what you pay) $400-600 with 50% and 100% scholarships available

Questions? Email

We partner with American Alpine Institute on this course, therefore we follow AAI cancellation policies
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