The Rock Instructor Exam is the 2nd step in the Rock Instructor Certification process. The Rock Instructor Exam certifies rock instructors that demonstrate a high level of expertise consistent with the standards introduced in the 10-day Rock Instructor Course. Basic short-roping skills must be demonstrated. The exam serves both to assess and educate. Daily debriefs and critiques provide an opportunity for improving guiding skills.
The first 5 days of the exam are conducted on routes chosen by the examiners. During the climbs participants serve as guides to the examiners and other participants and will encounter complex guiding and route-finding situations through grade III climbs. Participants are required to solve a specific rescue scenario at a scheduled time. Details are available from the office. In addition, impromptu rescue situations can occur at any time during the exam. Throughout the exam, particular focus is placed on client and guide security.
Rock Instructor Certification is designed for guides or aspiring guides who work on routes that are Grade III or shorter. While these routes are multi-pitch, they are relatively straightforward and may not involve complex approaches and/or descents. Time factors, while important, are not as pressing on these routes. During the Rock Instructor Certification Exam candidates will be examined on climbs through Grade III and up to 5.9 in difficulty.
The Rock Instructor Exam examines guides in a broad range of skills essential to guiding in a variety of rock environments. Exam areas include but are not limited to: Joshua Tree, Lumpy Ridge, Looking Glass, Cathedral Ledge, and Eldorado Canyon.
The Rock Instructor Exam is 6-days in length