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. There are two certification levels:
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. CWI Certification lasts for three years. After three years current CWI’s can re-take a one-day reassessment to regain the CWI certification.
Step 1: Join the AMGA (or log-in to your existing account)
Step 2: Apply to Your Course or Assessment
Please contact the Program Provider directly if you have questions regarding the course selected.
There are two certification levels in the Climbing Wall Instructor program, Top Rope and Lead. Prerequisites for each certification level are presented below.These prerequisites are considered the bare minimum of skills and experience needed to successfully attain CWI certification.
Top Rope Certification pre-requisites:
Lead Certification pre-requisites
AMGA CWI Providers are licensed to offer courses and certifications that represents the national and international standards for individuals working in artificial climbing wall terrain. As such, the AMGA must ensure that prospective providers clearly understand the CWI standard and their role and responsibilities. The prospective CWI Provider should expect a rigorous vetting and training process. The process takes time, there are expenses and travel involved, and a great deal of commitment to the program is required.
Minimum experience required to apply to become a CWI Provider In Training includes AMGA CWI Lead certification and significant time working and instructing in climbing wall terrain.
For more information contact the Climbing Instructor Program Director, Ed Crothers, by email at [email protected]
• Find a location and date that works for you.
•Please do not contact the AMGA office to register for a course.
NOTES: 1. Click on the direction icon in the Dates column to arrange courses in chronological order.
2. Click on the blue information icon in the Code column to get contact information for the Program Provider.
|JRAY-CWI-MIX-2018-3||San Francisco||California||11/30/18 - 12/2/18||$295.00||Full|
|ELLS-CWI-MIX-2019-1||Columbus||Ohio||2/8/19 - 2/10/19||$330.00||Open||Apply|
|WERN-CWI-MIX-2019-1||Sacramento||California||1/4/19 - 1/6/19||$325.00||Open||Apply|
|RHAM-CWI-MIX-2018-5||Colorado Springs||Colorado||11/30/18 - 12/2/18||$300.00||Open||Apply|
|ABOR-CWI-MIX-2018-1||RADFORD||Virginia||12/7/18 - 12/9/18||$325.00||Open||Apply|
|SCOW-CWI-MIX-2018-3||Asheville||North Carolina||12/14/18 - 12/16/18||$325.00||Open||Apply|
|AHER-CWI-MIX-2019-1||Lancaster||Pennsylvania||1/15/19 - 1/17/19||$325.00||Open||Apply|
|ELLS-CWI-MIX-2018-2||Wilmore||Kentucky||12/5/18 - 12/7/18||$300.00||Full|