Women’s SPI Course by Arc’teryx 2023

As the first affinity program at the AMGA, the women’s SPI Course has a historical significance in spearheading these initiatives. This program was founded in collaboration with Flash Foxy, Brown Girls Climb, and American Alpine Club. Throughout the years, we have adapted to changes in partner’s capacity to support this program and we are excited to have Arc’teryx as a long-term partner. 

We are excited to have two of our founding partners involved not only in their guidance of this program but in facilitating an evening discussion for participants during the course. Flash Foxy and Brown Girls Climb will co-host an evening community conversation with course participants the Friday evening of the three-day course. Additionally, we will be offering an assessment. Please note that we do not recommend that students take the course and immediately take the assessment, we want to encourage folks to practice. However, you can always feel free to reach out and inquiry about both programs back to back. Email: [email protected]

Women’s SPI Course and Assessment

  • Dates: 2023 dates TBA (2022 dates November 11th-13th (Course) and November 14th & 15th (assessment)) 
  • Location: 2023 location TBA (2022 location Red Rocks, NV)

Application is due 2023 TBA (2022 deadline April 11th)


  • Who can apply to this course?

    This course is designed for anyone who identifies as a woman. 

  • What are the prerequisites for an SPI Course?


    • You are a Professional Member of the AMGA.
    • You have a genuine interest in rock climbing and instructing novices on single pitch crags.
    • You are at least 18 years old at the time of the course.
    • You have at least 12 months prior climbing experience.
    • You are an active climber with traditional lead climbing experience (leader placing pro).
    • You have led a minimum of 15 traditional rock climbing routes (any grade).
    • You are capable of comfortably climbing 5.8 while on a top rope.

    The above prerequisites are absolute minimums. Without having at least this amount of experience you are unlikely to make best use of the training.

  • What are the prerequisites for an SPI Assessment?


    You are a current member of the AMGA.
    You have successfully completed an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course.
    You have led a minimum of 40 traditional routes, most of which should be 5.6 and on a variety of rock types.
    You are able to comfortably lead 5.6 traditional routes, which means you place protection.
    You are able to comfortably climb 5.8 on top rope.

    The SPI Assessment can be taken directly following the SPI Course if the candidate successfully completed the course and meets the assessment prerequisites. However, it is highly recommended that the SPI Course candidate take time practicing and consolidating the skills learned on the course before assessment (6-12 months). You do not need First Aid training to take the course or assessment. However, it is your responsibility to hold appropriate medical certification for the location that you are working in.

  • What else is required?

    • Current professional membership ($80)
    • Climbing resume
    • Meet the prereqs


  • Are scholarships provided?

    Yes, we will provide a scholarship thanks to our sponsor, Arc’teryx, for providing these scholarships.