The Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Course 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.


Course Length: 3 Days

Cost: $525.00

Location: Giant City and Cedar Bluff


The SPI Course significantly improves the instructor’s skillsets and integrates into the next level of training, the AMGA Rock Instructor Course.

The program is for current, active rock climbers who have a real desire to teach rock climbing to novices in a single pitch setting.

This is a 27-hour training course that normally runs as three consecutive, nine-hour days or day classes with evening sessions.

SPI Terrain Guidelines

Terrain is not of wilderness nature.

Terrain is climbed without intermediate belays.

Approaches and descents to and from climbing venues present no difficulties such as route finding, scrambling, navigating, or short roping.

Routes should not exceed Grade 1 or be more than one pitch in length.


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.

Step 1: Register with AMGA*


Step 2: Register with Vertical Voyages


*To register, scroll down to the course schedule and follow the instructions.

SPI Course