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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. CWI Certification 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

    Pre-requisites 

    There are two certification levels in the Climbing Wall Instructor program, Top Rope and Lead. Prerequisites for each certification level are presented below.These prerequisites are considered the bare minimum of skills and experience needed to successfully attain CWI certification.

    Top Rope Certification pre-requisites:

    • AMGA Professional Membership
    • 18 years of age at the time of the course.
    • At least one year documented personal climbing experience (a minimum of 30 outings climbing indoors and/or outdoors in the last 12 months.)
    • Ability to comfortably climb 5.7 on top rope on artificial surfaces.
    • Ability to top rope belay with a manual braking device or an assisted braking device.
    • Ability to tie the figure eight follow through and familiarity with the figure eight on a bight and overhand on a bight.
    • An understanding of the proper use of personal climbing equipment, including shoes, harness, carabiners, and ropes.
    • Prior teaching and/or having observed basic climbing courses is recommended, but not required.

    Lead Certification pre-requisites

    • AMGA Professional Membership
    • 18 years of age at the time of the course.
    • At least one year documented personal climbing experience (a minimum of 50 outings climbing indoors and/or outdoors in the last 12 months.)
    • Ability to comfortably climb 5.9 on top rope and competently lead climb 5.8 on artificial surfaces.
    • Ability to competently belay a lead climber with a manual belay device and assisted braking device.
    • Experience teaching (formally or informally) the use of personal climbing equipment, including shoes, harness, belay device, carabiners, and ropes.
  • 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
LF-CWI-MIX-2018-2 Wilmington North Carolina 11/13/18 - 11/15/18 $300.00 Open Apply
LF-CWI-MIX-2018-3 Nashville Tennessee 11/6/18 - 11/8/18 $325.00 Open Apply
JRAY-CWI-MIX-2018-2 San Francisco California 9/14/18 - 9/16/18 $295.00 Open Apply
JRAY-CWI-MIX-2018-3 San Francisco California 11/30/18 - 12/2/18 $295.00 Open Apply
CB-CWI-MIX-2018-1 Alfred New York 8/15/18 - 8/17/18 $325.00 Open Apply
ELLS-CWI-MIX-2018-0 Wilmore Kentucky 7/30/18 - 8/1/18 $300.00 Open Apply
Provider
Wilmington Rock Gym
Location
Wilmington, North Carolina
Phone
828-384-8433
Email
[email protected]
Provider
Climb Nashville
Location
Nashville, Tennessee
Phone
828-384-8433
Email
[email protected]
Provider
Jesse Ray
Location
San Francisco, California
Phone
4154052875
Email
[email protected]
Provider
Jesse Ray
Location
San Francisco, California
Phone
4154052875
Email
[email protected]
Provider
Vertical Realms LLC
Location
Alfred, New York
Phone
860-508-5273
Email
[email protected]
Provider
Trent Ellsworth
Location
Wilmore, Kentucky
Phone
8595530725
Email
[email protected]