The Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) course is a three-day (27 hour) training course and a separate two-day (16 hr) assessment designed by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). This program is designed to enable instructors to “proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting.” This program is for current, active rock climbers that have a real desire to teach rock climbing to novices in single pitch or top rope setting.

Candidates should be passionate rock climbers that have their own equipment, regularly climb and have been rock climbing outdoors for at least 12 months. Candidates include but are not limited to: college outdoor recreation leaders, experiential education program instructors, wilderness therapy staff, camp directors, youth leaders, climbing school instructors, and recreational climbers looking to improve upon their technical climbing skills and risk management. Minimum of 3 participants.

Full details on the AMGA SPI course can be found at this link: AMGA > Programs > SPI

***Of particular note, please pay attention to the SPI course pre-requisites. You meet the pre-requisites for the SPI course if you:

  • Have a genuine interest in rock climbing and instructing novices on single pitch crags.
  • Are at least 18 years old at the time of the course.
  • Have at least 12 months prior climbing experience.
  • Are an active climber with traditional lead climbing experience (leader placing pro).
  • Have trad lead climbed a minimum of 15 graded rock climbing routes (any grade).
  • Are capable of comfortably climbing 5.8 while on a top rope.

The above pre-requisites are absolute minimums and most candidates have way in excess of the above. Without having at least this amount experience you are unlikely to play a constructive part on the course or be able to make best use of the training. If you are unsure of your skill levels we suggest hiring an IMCS guide to evaluate and enhance your skills and experience prior to SPI Program enrollment.

The advertised price for the AMGA SPI course and exam is a group rate and includes the mandatory AMGA fees.  We need a minimum of three participants to run both the course and exam at this group rate. If we only have two participants we can arrange a surcharge to guarantee the course or exam will run.  Call the IMCS office to request more information on pricing and the number of participants in your group.

2017 AMGA SPI Course Dates
$525 Per person including all AMGA fees

  • June 2-4
  • June 23-25
  • September 15-17
  • October 13-15

2017 AMGA SPI Exam Dates
$355 per person

  • June 10-11
  • July 8-9
  • September 2-3
  • October 7-8

Private and custom AMGA SPI courses are available for groups up to 6 people.