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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:

Dec 1st-3rd Enchanted Rock, TX

Dec 15th-17th Scottsdale, AZ


Jan 26-28 Enchanted Rock, TX    (AMGA – 1)

Feb 17-19 Scottsdale, AZ   (AMGA – 2)

April 6-8 Scottsdale, AZ   (AMGA- 3)

April 19-21 Enchanted Rock, TX   (AMGA – 4)

May 11-13 Prescott, AZ   (AMGA -5)

Assessment Schedule:


Feb 3-4 Enchanted Rock, TX   (AMGA – 6)

Feb 24-25 Scottsdale, AZ  (AMGA – 7)

April 13-14 Scottsdale, AZ   (AMGA – 8)

April 27-28 Enchanted Rock, TX   (AMGA – 9)

May 18-19 Prescott, AZ   (AMGA – 10)

Exam Prep Schedule:

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


Feb 2 Enchanted Rock, TX

Feb 23 Scottsdale, AZ

April 12 Scottsdale, AZ

April 26 Enchanted Rock, TX

May 17 Prescott, AZ