So you have what it takes to be a certified guide. Where does the certification process start? The Answer? The AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course. The Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Program teaches climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting. After you take the course, sign up and take the assessment and you have taken your first step towards becoming a AMGA Certified Rock Guide.
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.
Season Spring, Summer, Fall
Minimum Age 18
This 3-Day Course is designed to get you introduced to the the American Mountain Guides Association certification path. This course will teach climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting. It is great for outdoor educators and aspiring guides.
- It significantly improves the instructor’s skill sets 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.
- 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.
- You must be a member of the AMGA or join the AMGA at the Professional Membership Level.
- 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.
Single Pitch Instructor Course: Price: $550 per person
Please note that before registering for this course that you must:
1. Be a member of the AMGA in good standing OR join the AMGA at the Professional Membership Level.
2: Apply to Your Course or Assessment
- Sign in to your myAMGA account.
- Click the “Apply for a Program” tab.
- Select the discipline and course type you are applying to.
- Select the specific program you are applying to and click “apply.”
- Confirm your prerequisites.
Once you have applied for the course through the AMGA, Click Here to Register for the course
For your safety and comfort, bring synthetic and or natural fiber clothing for insulation. Cotton is NOT recommended and down must be kept dry. Clothing should be able to layer without encumbering your movement.
Objective Dependent – Scarpa footwear is available at Jackson Hole Mountain Guides for rent. JHMG also carries a selection of rock shoes for rent.
- Sticky Rubber Approach Shoes: required for all mid-summer climbs. (mid-July through Sept) – Guide Pick: Scarpa Crux or Scarpa Kalipe (Available for rent)
- Rock Shoes for technical rock (Available for rent)
- Synthetic/ Wool Sun Hoody
- Synthetic T-shirt
- Soft Shell: fleece or pile
- Rain Jacket: waterproof/breathable with hood
- Synthetic Climbing Pant
- Rain Pant
- Gloves – non-insulated with leather palm
On the Trail
- Back Pack: internal frame 30 Liter capacity (2000 cu in)
- Water Bottles (2-3 L/Qt.) Or H2O Hydration system
- Dark Sunglasses
- Extra Pair Contact Lens
- Sun Hat or visor
- Sunscreen (35+SPF)
- Lip Balm
- Insect Repellent (until early August)
- Lunch and Snacks
- Trekking Poles
Cold Weather Considerations:
Early and late season temperatures require warmer clothing. You may consider additional clothing if you get cold easily or if it is unusually cold or windy.
- Down Jacket
- Medium weight long underwear
**Jackson Hole Mountain Guides supplies all the rock climbing gear, harnesses, helmets, locking carabiners & belay/rappel devices, crampons, and ice axes. However, you are welcome to bring your own equipment. Please coordinate with our office for gear checks. Backpacks, rock shoes, and boots can all be rented & purchased in our Jackson office.
Talk To Us
Here you’ll find online tools and information about joining us for a trip of a lifetime! To sign up for a trip, or if you have any questions, please call us. Listed on the left side of these pages are links that you may find useful, including printable forms and policies concerning a trip with JHMG. We encourage ALL prospective climbers to read our Preparation advice. Our office can help place you with others who are looking to climb.