You may apply to the Climbing Instructor Program Director (CIPD) to become a SPI Program Provider Pool Member if you are:
Submit a cover letter and resume showing you meet the prerequisites to the CIPD in MS Word, Word Perfect or PDF format. If you have your AMGA exam transcripts (showing examiner final evaluations and marks) please send them with your application or we can get them from the office if you don’t have them.
The CIP Director will review applications and approve or deny the application. Those selected will be invited to participate in the SPI Program Provider Pool Training. Applicants who are not accepted must address their weak areas or supply more information as requested and reapply.
Observe a full three day SPI Course, and if possible a SPI Assessment to familiarize yourself with the program and curriculum, this will prepare you for the two day SPI Program Instructor Training Course. You can observe any SPI Program in the USA, it does not have to be with a SPI Program Trainer.
Participate in the 2 day SPI Program Provider Pool Training Course and evaluation. The Trainer will recommend the candidate either go on to the next stage and co-teach a SPI Course/Assessment with a Trainer or retake the SPI Program Instructor Training. The Trainer may find the candidate unsuitable at this time to continue with training and recommend the candidates removal from the training program. Candidates that successfully complete the SPI Program Provider Pool Training become SPI Assistant Providers.
Co-teach AT LEAST one full SPI Course and Assessment with a SPI Program Trainer. The candidate will be expected to actively take part in teaching components of the course, taking part in debriefs, evaluation write ups and associated SPI Course/Assessment paperwork. Upon completion of this SPI Course and Assessment the SPI Program Trainer will recommend one of the following:
The CIPD and SPI Discipline Coordinator will review the candidates training reports and recommendations from the Trainer/s and make a final decision for the candidate to become a SPI Program Provider.
Expenses and fees associated with acquiring instructor status are the responsibility of the candidate.
SPI Program Assistan Providers cannot offer a SPI Course or Assessment without a SPI Program Provider being present for the duration of the SPI Course or Assessment.
SPI Program Providers are expected to offer at least one SPI Program every 12 months and participate in SPI Program Provider Training Course, or observe/co-teach a SPI Program with a SPI Program Trainer every 24 months. These workshops are intended to improve the delivery and national consistency of the SPI program and to share ideas with other course instructors.
To maintain SPI Program Provider Status you must:
SPI Program Providers that fail to upkeep the above requirements become SPI Program Assistant Providers and can continue working in the SPI Program as long as there is a SPI Program Provider present for the duration of any SPI Program the offer or work. If they wish to become a SPI Program Provider again they must do one of the following to regain SPI 'Provider' Status:
SPI Program Assistant Providers are encouraged to attend training and ongoing education with the AMGA when ever possible. To maintain SPI Assistant Provider Status you must:
SPI Program Assistant Providers who fail to upkeep the above requirements become ‘Inactive’. If they wish to become a SPI Assistant Providers again they must:
Experienced SPI Provider Pool Members and Professionals outside of the SPI Provider Pool are invited on an as needed basis to serve on this committee. The main goal of the committee is to update the AMGA SPI Manual continually and publish the new version January 1st of each year.
Please email Ed Crothers, AMGA Climbing Instructor Program Director with any questions about the SPI Program Provider Pool: firstname.lastname@example.org.