This course is a three day (27 hour) training course. It is designed to be taken prior to students practicing skills learned on the course on their own time to show up prepared to take the two day (16 hour) AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Assessment.

The AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Program is designed to enable instructors to “proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting”. The program is for currently active rock climbers that have a real desire to teach rock climbing in a single pitch setting. Candidates should be passionate rock climbers who have their own equipment, regularly climb and have at least 12 months of outdoor rock climbing experience. Candidates could be current university professors that teach climbing, climbing instructors, scout leaders, summer camp professionals or climbers who wish to undergo additional training, experience and certification to gain employment as a climbing instructor in the outdoor adventure/education industry.
The SPI Course is not a “climbing” course. It is an instructor training course for active, proficient rock climbers and for current climbing instructors who wish to gain SPI certification.
Single Pitch Instructor certification is the second stage of the AMGA’s Climbing Instructor Certification Program and will significantly help candidates who wish to work toward the next stage, the AMGA Rock Guide Course (RGC). The SPI course presents many instructor specific topics such as professionalism, teaching techniques, risk management, group site organization, climbing site conservation/LNT and assistance/rescue skills.


This program takes place in the Mammoth area in the summer and fall and the Bishop area during the colder months. Course location will depend upon weather and conditions at the time.

For Mammoth-based climbing we meet at the Shady Rest Pavilion in Mammoth Lakes at 8:00 am. From Highway 395 take the Mammoth Lakes exit and follow the signs into town. Turn right just past the USFS Welcome Center (If you get to the first traffic light you have gone too far.) and follow the road about a mile until you come to the entry to Shady rest Park on the Right. Drive in and look for the Pavillion on your left.

For Bishop-based climbing we will meet the first day at 8:00 am at The Isaak Walton Park, 3600 W Line St, Bishop, CA 93515. Take West Line Street west towards the Sierra Nevada and you will find the Park on the south side of the road just before you leave Bishop proper.
We will meet for an orientation talk and equipment check, then proceed to our location for the day.


Our Instructors for this program are AMGA Certified Rock Guides that have completed the rigorous training and steps to becoming an SPI Provider. You can expect the highest level of climbing and safety knowledge combined with solid instructional skills and professionalism.


The following Textbook is required for students to obtain prior to this course:
• Gains, Bob and Martin, Jason Rock Climbing: The AMGA Single Pitch Manual, Falcon Press, 2014
It can be obtained from Amazon used or new.

Additionally we recommend reading the following books:
• Chauvin, Marc and Coppolollo, Rob. The Mountain Guide Manual: The Comprehensive Reference – From Belaying to Rope Systems and Self Rescue, Falcon Press, 2017
• Long, John. The Trad Climbers Bible, Falcon Press, 2014
• Donahue, Topher and Leubben, Craig Rock Climbing Anchors, 2nd Edition: A Comprehensive Guide, The Mountaineers Books 2019

 SPI eLearning | Online Course Information

E- Lerning Modules are a vital part of the pre-course requirement, helping students prepare for programs, standardize learning outcomes of key lessons, and increase time on programs for hands-on learning and field application.
Once you register for the program you will be given a link and access code to start the e-learning process.
As you prepare for your SPI course, be sure to put time aside to complete the online course prior to meeting in person.
You can expect a time commitment of approximately 2 hours to complete all three courses and upon finishing the programs, you will get a completion confirmation email to send  to your course instructor.

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