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AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor

instructor_CWI_B&WClimbingWallInstructorThe 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:

  • AMGA CWI Top Rope
  • AMGA CWI Lead

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. Certification and AMGA membership lasts for three years. After three years current CWI’s can re-take a one-day reassessment to regain the CWI certification.

How to Apply

Step 1: Join the AMGA (or log-in to your existing account)

Step 2: Apply to Your Course or Assessment

  • Sign in to your myAMGA account.
  • Click the “Apply for a Program” tab.
  • Select the discipline and course type you are applying to.
  • Select the specific program you are applying to and click “apply.”
  • Confirm your prerequisites.

Please contact the Program Provider directly if you have questions regarding the course selected.

  • CWI Course Prerequisites

    Prerequisites:

    • You are 18 years old.
    • You have at least one year documented personal climbing experience (a minimum of 20 outings climbing indoors and/or outdoors in the last 12 months).
    • You are able to climb 5.9 on top rope and lead 5.8 for Lead Certification.
    • You are able to climb 5.7 on artificial structures., on top rope for top Rope Certification.
    • You understand the proper use of personal climbing equipment, including shoes, harness, belay device, carabiners, rope, cordage, and slings.
  • BECOMING A CWI PROVIDER

    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]

Schedule

• 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.

Code Location State Dates Tuition Status Apply
ABOR-CWI-RC-2017-3 Radford Virginia 12/1/17 - 12/3/17 $325.00 Waitlist Waitlist
JRAY-CWI-MIX-2018-0 Rohnert Park California 2/9/18 - 2/11/18 $295.00 Open Apply
CJON-CWI-MIX-2017-1 Kent Ohio 12/1/17 - 12/3/17 $300.00 Open Apply
CFRE-CWI-RC-2017-11 Boston Massachusetts 12/10/17 - 12/12/17 $300.00 Open Apply
NFIT-CWI-MIX-2018-1 Durham New Hampshire 1/6/18 - 1/9/18 $800.00 Open Apply
CFRE-CWI-MIX-2017-13 Brooklyn New York 12/14/17 - 12/16/17 $300.00 Open Apply
DF-CWI-MIX-2017-15 Paul Smith College New York 11/28/17 - 11/30/17 $300.00 Open Apply
NM-CWI-MIX-2017-8 Fairfield Connecticut 12/16/17 - 12/17/17 $325.00 Open Apply
Provider
Radford University
Location
Radford, Virginia
Phone
7578136705
Email
[email protected]
Provider
1988
Jesse Ray
Location
Rohnert Park, California
Phone
7076642771
Email
[email protected]
Provider
Kent State University
Location
Kent, Ohio
Phone
3306722803
Email
[email protected]
Provider
Brooklyn Boulders
Location
Boston, Massachusetts
Phone
9199230980
Email
[email protected]
Provider
Nate Fitch
Location
Durham, New Hampshire
Phone
603-988-4406
Email
[email protected]
Provider
Brooklyn Boulders
Location
Brooklyn, New York
Phone
9199230980
Email
[email protected]
Provider
Mountain Skills Climbing Guides
Location
Paul Smith College, New York
Phone
845-853-5450
Email
[email protected]
Provider
Ascent Climbing, LLC
Location
Fairfield, Connecticut
Phone
203-675-5510
Email
[email protected]