The AMGA 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.

  • It significantly improves the instructor’s skill sets and integrates into the next level of training, the AMGA Rock Instructor Course.
  • The program is for current, active rock climbers who have a real desire to teach rock climbing to novices in a single pitch setting.
  • The SPI Course is a 27-hour training course that normally runs as three consecutive nine-hour days or day classes with evening sessions.
  • The SPI Exam is a minimum of 16 hours run over a two-day period.
  • Certification 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 Exam to regain the SPI certification.
  • Taking any higher level AMGA Course (like the Rock Guide Course) also re-certifies the SPI certification for another three years.
Happy Climber! Garden Of The Gods Climbing
Happy Climber! Garden Of The Gods Climbing

Castlewood Canyon
Eleven Mile Canyon
Turkey Rock
Cheyenne Canyon
Garden of the Gods

-Certified AMGA Rock Instructor/Guide and SPI Provider

Not included:
-AMGA membership, Join the AMGA 
-Students must bring their own climbing gear
-Transportation,  11 Mile Canyon entrance fee ($6 if required), food, travel and medical insurance.

Participant expectations:

  • You are a Professional Member of the AMGA
  • You have a genuine interest in rock climbing and instructing novices on single pitch crags
  • You are at least 18 years old at the time of the course
  • You have at least 12 months prior climbing experience
  • You are an active climber with traditional (trad) lead climbing experience (leader placing trad gear)
  • You have led a minimum of 15 traditional (trad) rock climbing routes (any grade)
  • You are capable of comfortably climbing 5.8 while on a top rope

The above prerequisites are absolute minimums. Without having at least this amount experience you are unlikely to make best use of the training.

How to Apply:

Step 1: Join the AMGA (or log-in to your existing account)
-Join the AMGA at the Professional Membership Level.
Step 2: Apply to Your Course or Assessment
-Sign in to your myAMGA account.
-Click the “Apply for a Program” tab.
-Select the discipline and course type you are applying to.
-Select the specific program you are applying to and click “apply.”
-Confirm your prerequisites.

$695   SPI Course, 3-day

6:1 max ratio

8am-5pm, 3-days

$530   SPI Assessment, 2-day

6:1 max ratio

8am-5pm, 2-days

Call 719-368-9524 or contact us for more information.

Course Dates 2024

Assessment Dates 2024

Pikes Peak Alpine School operates under special use permits from the USDA Forest Service, Pike National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider & employer

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