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American Mountain Guides Association Climbing Wall Instructor Certification Course

3This course addresses the basic technical skills necessary to manage an instructional program at a climbing facility. The course length is a minimum of 20 hours of instruction, skills demonstration, and evaluation, typically run over 2.5 days.

Appropriate for:

  • Climbing Gyms
  • Scout Troop Leaders
  • Schools / Universities
  • Summer Camp Counselors
  • All professional wall operators
  • Health & Wellness Centers
  • Recreation Centers
  • YMCA facilities

Topics include:

  • Client orientation and instruction
  • Teaching general climbing skills including movement
  • Teaching top-rope belay skills
  • Teaching lead climbing and lead belay skills (optional)
  • Equipment and facility use
  • Rescue and emergency procedures
  • Site and risk management indoors


  • AMGA CWI Course Manual
  • Thorough assessment of candidates knowledge, skills and presentation
  • Access to the AMGA professional discount programs


  • Must be an AMGA member at the “Professional” level. Click here.
  • 1 year climbing experience or 20 climbing outings in the past 12 months
  • Must be 16 years to participate and 18 years for certification
  • You are 18 years old (person 16 to 17 may take the course and will receive a letter of completion of the course, if completed successfully)
  • You have at least one year document personal climbing experience (a minimum of 20 outings climbing indoors and/or outdoors in the last 12 months)
  • You are able to climb 5.9 on top rope and lead 5.8 for AMGA CWI Lead certification
  • You are able to climb 5.7 on top rope for AMGA CWI Top Rope certification
  • You understand proper use of personal climbing equipment, including shoes, harness, belay device, carabiners, rope, cordage and slings

    AMGA CWI Certification Course  $350.00

    (Additional costs may apply for travel & lodging for groups that request a private AMGA CWI course)

    Instructor to Client Ratio – 1:6
    2017 Course Locations &  Dates: TBD