AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor


The Climbing Wall Instructor Program (CWI) trains and certifies professionals who teach in an indoor or artificial wall environment. It aims to increase the level of professionalism in indoor climbing and to improve the level of climbing wall instruction, to develop a more consistent standard of care for climbing instructors in the US, to evaluate the skills of climbing instructors in the US, and to provide guidance for further professional development. There are two certification levels: AMGA CWI Top Rope or AMGA CWI Lead.

Pre-requisites for Certification at the AMGA CWI ‘Top Rope’ Level:

  • Must be 18 years old or older
  • At least one year documented personal climbing experience (a minimum of 20 outings climbing indoors and/or outdoors).
  • Climbing ability: top rope 5.7 on artificial structures. Demonstrating calm, confidence, good position, balance, solid base of support, no falls, and general body awareness.
  • Ability to effectively belay with tube/plate device and an assisted braking device (i.e. Petzl GriGri)
  • An instructional background: ability to effectively teach basic skills

Pre-requisites for Certification at the AMGA CWI ‘Lead Climbing’ Level:

  • All above pre-requisites
  • Climbing ability: top rope 5.9 and lead 5.8 on artificial structures. Demonstrating calm, confidence, good position, balance, solid base of support, no falls, and general body awareness.
  • Ability to effectively belay in a top rope and lead belay setting with tube/plate device and an assisted braking device (i.e. Petzl GriGri)
  • An instructional background: ability to effectively teach skills learned in an indoor setting

The AMGA CWI course is 20 hours long and is generally held over a two and half day format. The maximum participant to instructor ratio is 6:1.

Cost: $300-400 depending on location

 

CWI Course Dates:
Coming Soon!

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