American Mountain Guides Association Climbing Instructor Training

Single Pitch Instructor Course

SPI Course

Single Pitch Instructor Exam

SPI Exam

The American Mountain Guide’s Association (AMGA) is the premier source for training, credentials, and services for professional mountain guides and climbing instructors in the United States.

For over 30 years, the AMGA has been dedicated to supporting the guiding community through excellence in education, standards and certification to enhance the quality of services provided to the public, while serving as a resource for accessing and protecting the natural environment. As a group the AMGA presents a strong, unified voice for high standards of the professionalism of guiding and climbing instruction in the United States. The AMGA is an organization grounded in powerful tradition that continues to evolve with the ever changing arena of mountain guiding and climbing instruction. We offer a series of training courses and exams designed to certify guides and climbing instructors to the highly respected, internationally recognized, standards of the AMGA.

Climbing Wall Instructor program

The Climbing Wall Instructor Program (CWI) was introduced in 2007 to certify 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.

This course addresses the basic technical skills necessary to manage an instructional program at a climbing facility. The course length is a minimum of 20 hours of instruction, skills demonstration, and evaluation, typically run over 2.5 days. Certification and AMGA membership lasts for three years. After three years current CWI’s can re-take a one-day reassessment to regain the CWI certification.  Please get in touch for more details and pricing.

 

The Kling Mountain Guides Difference:

Some of the educational institutions and programs we have worked with:

  • Apex Mountain School
  • Alpine World Ascents
  • Beaver Creek Resort Pro Patrol
  • Colorado College
  • Colorado Mountain College
  • Durango Mountain Resort Ski Patrol 
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Fort Lewis College Outdoor Pursuits 
  • Fort Lewis College Adventure Education 
  • La Plata County Search and Rescue 
  • Iowa State University
  • Ohio University
  • San Juan College 
  • San Juan Outdoor Adventures/ Telluride Alpinism
  • Silverton Avalanche School 
  • Silverton Mountain Ski Area 
  • Simpson University
  • Telluride Avalanche School 
  • Texas A & M Commerce
  • The College of William & Mary
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • University of Wisconsin, Stout
  • Wasatch Academy
  • Weber State University