The Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Program teaches climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting. The SPI is the only internationally recognized single pitch climbing instructor certification program in the United States. It was developed to fit in the AMGA Rock program. Benefits:

  • It significantly improves the instructor’s skill sets and integrates into the next level of training, which includes the AMGA Rock Guide Course and the Multi-Pitch Instructor certification.
  • The program is for current, active rock climbers who have a real desire to teach rock climbing to novices in a single pitch setting.
  • The SPI Course is a 27-hour training course that normally runs as three consecutive nine-hour days or day classes with evening sessions.
  • The SPI Assessment is a minimum of 16 hours run over a two-day period.
  • Certification lasts for three years as long as the candidate keeps current AMGA Membership and First Aid Certification.
  • After three years current SPI’s can re-take the SPI Assessment to regain the SPI certification.
  • Taking any higher level AMGA Course also recertifies the SPI certification for another three years.

This Summer’s Offerings:

Cathedral Mountain Guide, Grant Simmons, is as Assistant SPI Provider.  As such, he will be co-teaching several SPI Programs throughout the season with qualified providers that he sees as some of the best in the region.

Here are those programs:

  • May 9th – May 11th.  North Conway.
  • July 7th – July 9th.  Acadia National Park.
    • Primary Instructor:  Ted Teegarden.
    • Host Company:  Atlantic Climbing School
    • Grant began his guiding career with the Atlantic Climbing School and later went on to write the guidebook for the area, Rock Climbs of Acadia.  The island is a place near and dear to him, and who’s crags he knows quite well.

Contact Grant for more information:

AMGA SPI
SPI Course Prerequisites:
  • 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 experience you are unlikely to make best use of the training.