Becoming an AMGA CWI Provider

Climbing Wall Instructor (CWI) Providers are a vital component of the AMGA. Based throughout the country, CWI Providers facilitate AMGA CWI courses to certify professionals who teach in an indoor or artificial wall environment. 

As representatives of the AMGA and providers of the CWI curriculum – we look for dedicated educators with comprehensive teaching and/or mentoring experience that are committed to helping students succeed. In addition to climbing and technical expertise, being able to articulate written and verbal feedback is an essential skill for those interested in becoming a provider. We are also seeking individuals who are committed to creating inclusive learning environments for all aspiring climbing instructors. The process of becoming a CWI Provider is outlined below. 


Program Information

  • Prerequisites:

    CWI Provider Prerequisites:

    1. Current AMGA Member

    2. 21 years of age or older

    3. Must have current AMGA CWI - Lead certification

    4. Minimum 200 hours teaching and instructing climbing in an indoor or artificial climbing wall environment

    5. Able to top rope 5.9 and onsight lead 5.8 sport, on artificial surfaces, at the time of the training course and is capable of giving a lead demonstration with conscious movement that inspires confidence and is worthy of emulation.


  • How to Apply:

    Please submit the following three documents via email to the Climbing Instructor Program Manager, Andrew Megas-Russell, during the scheduled application period listed lower on this page.

    There is a $65 application fee. To pay over the phone, please call Peter 303.531.1621 or mail check to AMGA 4720 Walnut Street Suite 200, Boulder, CO 80301

    1. Cover letter specifically expressing why you want to become a provider and where you plan to work as a provider.

    2. Professional resume that highlights a background in teaching or instructing

    3. Indoor or artificial climbing wall instruction and teaching resume: Applicants must use the resume-template provided by the AMGA
    a. Document (a minimum) of 25 classes or clinics - which equates to between 50-100 hours
    b. This will include the audience: youth group, adult group, climbing team members, school group, or private individuals
    c. As well as the topic of your class or clinic: lead climbing, lead belaying top rope belaying, bouldering technique or climbing movement

    Please do not submit AMGA course evaluations or certifications with the application. These may be reviewed during the application process. You do not need to include these.


  • Additional Information:

    Additional Information:

    • How long does it take to become a provider?
    There is no set time, but for many providers this is a multi year process.

    • Can I observe a program, in preparation to becoming a provider, prior to submitting an application?
    No. The AMGA requires that you submit an application, gain acceptance as a Provider in Training and then observe programs.

    • Do I need first aid or CPR training to apply?
    You must hold the level of medical training that matches the requirement of the climbing gym or facility that will be hosting the AMGA CWI courses that you intend to provide.

    • The AMGA does not reimburse for any travel, food, lodging or associated costs to become a provider.

    • Once your application is accepted you will receive more information.

    • If you have additional questions after referring to this entire page, please contact Andrew [email protected]


CWI Provider Schedule

  • Application period will open August 12th, 2019
  • Application period will close August 26th, 2019  UPDATE: Application period has been extended and will now close on September 8th, 2019
  • Acceptance notifications sent by September 16th, 2019 UPDATE: Due to the application period extension, acceptance notifications will be sent by September 20th, 2019
  • The fall 2019 CWI Provider Training Course dates are November 9th and 10th and will be held at Brooklyn Boulders in Somerville, Massachusetts. The cost of the course is $335.