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 Assessment 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 Assessment to regain the SPI certification.
  • Taking any higher level AMGA Course also recertifies the SPI certification for another three years.

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.

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

2020 Dates:
May 14-16 (Course)
May 29-30 (Assessment)


-Certified AMGA Rock Instructor/Guide and SPI Provider
-Rock Climbing: The AMGA Single Pitch Manual ($21.95) (Course)

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.

$625   SPI Course, 3-day

6:1 max ratio

8am-5pm, 3-days

$495   SPI Assessment, 2-day

6:1 max ratio

8am-5pm, 2-days

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

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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