The process of becoming an SPI Provider has been fully revised. Please check out this revamped page to learn about the path to becoming an SPI Provider.
Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Providers are a vital component of the AMGA. Based throughout the country, SPI Providers teach AMGA SPI Courses and facilitate SPI Assessments.
As representatives of the AMGA and providers of the SPI 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 and supportive learning environments for all aspiring climbing instructors.
The process of becoming a Provider is a partnership between the applicant and the AMGA—the training program is taught and facilitated by the AMGA.
Start by applying to the 5 day Provider Training Course! Please see prerequisites and “how to apply” information below.
Please visit the FAQ for more information.
Check out the Assistant Provider Bridge Program for more information and options for your advancement toward Provider status.
In order for your application to be considered complete, please submit the following items prior to the application deadline.
Email application packet, in a google drive folder, to the Climbing Instructor Program Manager, Andrew Megas-Russell [email protected] and pay the application fee prior to the application deadline.
1. Essay Questions:
Answer 5 out of the 6, limit 250-500 words per question
• What will make you an effective provider and what elevates you above other candidates?
• What would you bring that would be valuable to the Climbing Instructor Program?
• How do you provide an atmosphere that makes you approachable for instructors both professionally and personally?
• Share a time when you received tough feedback from a supervisor or boss?
• Describe key elements related to facilitating effective one-on-one feedback, and debriefs on a program.
• Provide a written example of feedback telling a student they did not pass their movement.
2. Professional Resume:
• Candidate MUST include the number of days instructing at each job and number of days guiding at each job.
3. Climbing instruction and teaching resume:
• Applicants must use the resume-template provided by the AMGA
• Document 10 - 5.9 (or harder) traditional climbs within the past year
• Document minimum 50 days of rock climbing instruction
• Optional - Applicants may document more than 50 days if they exceed the minimum documentation requirements
4. Example Lesson Plan:
• Choose an SPI Course curriculum session from the SPI Program Handbook
• Refer to the lesson plan section and use the template on pages 20-21 in the Falcon Guide Rock Climbing: The AMGA Single Pitch Manual
• You may be expected to teach this session during the program
• If accepted to the program, you will be expected to create lesson plans for all 19 SPI curriculum sessions outlined in the SPI Program Handbook prior to the program start.
5. Ensure your myAMGA account information is up to date:
• Upload current certification forms for WFR and CPR
• Fill out or update your AMGA Health Statement including emergency contact
• Update your Basic Information including apparel sizes and Public Profile information including current contact information
6. $75 non-refundable application fee:
• Email your application to email@example.com and you will receive an online payment link in return.
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.
Enrollment decisions are based on a number of factors including the following:
Best Qualified applicants considerably exceed the minimum prerequisites
Well Qualified applicants exceed the minimum prerequisites
Qualified applicants meet the minimum prerequisites
Does AMGA require Mountain Guide Program participants to be vaccinated & boosted against COVID-19?
Effective January 1, 2023 AMGA will no longer require Mountain Guide Program students, participants, or employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
What is AMGA’s COVID-19 Operating Plan?
The federal COVID-19 public health emergency declaration ended on May 11, 2023. With the public health emergency now over, the AMGA's COVID-19 Operating Plan, Policies, and Procedures are being suspended indefinitely. If it becomes necessary to reinstitute the COVID-19 Operating Plan, the AMGA will notify the membership. Otherwise, please remember COVID-19 remains present and may still affect AMGA programming. Common public health practices such as good hygiene, vaccination, and booster upkeep can prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please consider avoiding public interactions in large group settings, particularly indoors, before your program. If you become sick before or during a program, notify the office immediately for assistance.
What happens if I get COVID-19 before my program start date?
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, or are having symptoms of COVID-19 before your program, please call the AMGA office. Specific answers can not be given here for every individual scenario, as individual cases will be different based on timelines and program start dates. While we will do our best to work with you and get you onto your program, solutions will be based on individual situations and illness and program timelines. COVID-19 illness is NOT exempt from AMGA’s cancellation policy. Please purchase Trip Insurance.
The 5 day Provider Training Course program block is a combination of instruction, coaching, debriefing, and assessment.
The program is 5 days in length. There will be an ongoing format of coaching, education, and assessment while giving candidates strategies for framing and creating a positive learning environment, organizing effective program itineraries, and managing the administrative tasks for the program.
Critical review of course curriculum session delivery as would be taught on an SPI Course is core to this program block.
As a pilot program we make radical changes from the itinerary to best prepare candidates for becoming a Provider.
The 3 day Provider Assessment program block includes:
This program block includes a combination of instructional components and assessment scenarios.
Assessment and debriefing strategies are reviewed and practiced by the Provisional Providers through SPI Assessment scenarios and or real client interactions where candidates will need to evaluate and deliver written or verbal feedback.
*Applicants may apply to multiple programs at the same time and list first choice / second choice
PT-SPI-C-2024-1 | March 16-20, 2024 | Red Rock Canyon, Nevada | $2,000 tuition | $75 application fee | Instructors for this program are Elaina Arenz and Andrew Megas-Russell
PT-SPI-C-2024-7 | October 1-5, 2024 | Boulder, Colorado | $2,000 tuition | $75 application fee | Instructors for this program are Jason Martin and Andrew Megas-Russell
PT-SPI-A-2024-9 | Exact dates TBD – Tentatively October 2024 | Red Rock Canyon, Nevada | $1,350 tuition | $75 application fee | Instructors for this program are TBD
PT-SPI-B-2024-3 | March 24-27, 2024 | Red Rock Canyon, Nevada | $1,600 tuition | $75 application fee | Instructors for this program are Jason Martin and Andrew Megas-Russell
PT-SPI-B-2024-8 | October 7-10, 2024 | Boulder, Colorado | $1,600 tuition | $75 application fee | Instructors for this program are Jason Martin and Andrew Megas-Russell
* Program tuition does not include food, lodging, transportation, or other course expenses unless otherwise noted
* Staffing is subject to change throughout the year based on AMGA programming needs and instructor availability