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Single Pitch Instructor Program

AMGA SPI Exam Prep

Get certified as a single pitch instructor

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.


  • It significantly improves the instructor’s skill sets and integrates into the next level of training, the AMGA Rock Guide 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.
  • 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 SPIs 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.

Cancelation Policy:

There is a 2 week cancelation policy for the SPI Program. If you cancel within 2 weeks of your program you will not receive a refund. Keep in mind the space on these courses is limited, so you are holding a space that someone else could sign up for. Thank you for understanding.

Spring/Summer 2024 and Fall 2023 Schedule is below

Course Schedule:

Fall 2024:

Oct. 12-13, Prescott, AZ (AMGA – 14)

Nov. 2-4, Scottsdale, AZ (AMGA – 15)

Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Enchanted Rock, TX (AMGA – 16)

Spring 2025

Jan. 24-26, Enchanted Rock, TX   (AMGA – 1)

Feb 15-17, Scottsdale, AZ  (AMGA – 2)

April 11-13, Enchanted Rock, TX   (AMGA – 3)

May 3-5, Prescott, AZ   (AMGA – 4)

Assessment Schedule:

Fall 2024

Oct. 12-13, Prescott, AZ   (AMGA – 17)

Nov. 9-10, Scottsdale, AZ   (AMGA – 18)

Dec. 14-15, Enchanted Rock, TX   (AMGA – 19)

Spring 2025

Feb. 22-23, Scottsdale, AZ   (AMGA – 5)

April 26-27, Enchanted Rock, TX   (AMGA – 6)

May 10-11, Prescott, AZ   (AMGA – 7)

Exam Prep Schedule:

You don’t have to be scheduled for the exam just following the prep day to attend

Fall 2024

Oct. 11, Prescott, AZ

Nov. 8, Scottsdale, AZ

Dec. 13, Enchanted Rock, TX

Spring 2015

Feb.21, Scottsdale, AZ

April 25, Enchanted Rock, TX

May 9, Prescott, TX