Single Pitch Instructor EXAM
The single pitch instructor EXAM is the first step to become a rock guide
What to expect
The SPI Exam is a two day (16 hour) assessment. Upon successful completion, the 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 or take any higher level AMGA program to re-gain the SPI certification.
*SPI EXAM WILL BE HOSTED BY OUR PARENT COMPANY , ASPEN EXPEDITIONS, IN ASPEN,CO*
SPI Exam Prerequisites
— You are a current member of the AMGA
— You have successfully completed an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course
— You have led a minimum of 40 traditional routes, most of which should be 5.6 and on a variety of rock types
— You are able to comfortably lead 5.6 traditional routes, which means you place protection
— You are able to comfortably climb 5.8 on top rope.
* The SPI Assessment can be taken directly following the SPI Course if the candidate successfully completed the course and meets the assessment prerequisites. However, it is highly recommended that the SPI Course candidate take time practicing and consolidating the skills learned on the course before assessment (6-12 months).
You do not need First Aid training to take the course or assessment. However, it is your responsibility to hold an appropriate medical certification for the location that you are working in.
Register for SPI exam
*You will be redirected to Aspen Expeditions
What is Included in the cost?
— AMGA SPI Manual
— Training from top-level AMGA Certified Guides
— 27 hours of training
— 16 Hours of assessment (Exam only)
— Guide gratuity
— Food/snacks for the day
— Personal clothing/equipment
Anyone participating in our programs must fill out a waiver beforehand. If you are under 18, please have your parent/guardian complete.
Please familiarize yourself with our Booking & Cancellation Policies.
Skiers/riders should be in good physical condition, and confident/comfortable on their method of snow travel (backcountry touring skis or splitboard).