AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course

AMGA SPI – Your First Step

The AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Program is the only nationally and internationally recognized single pitch climbing instructor certification program.  The Colorado Mountain School has numerous staff members that are able to teach this course.  Our Boulder, Colorado based AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course is offered numerous times over the year.  Regardless if you are looking to start your path towards becoming a guide or looking to further your climbing education, this course is for you.

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course Boulder Colorado

Course Details


The Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Program teaches climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting. It is recognized by many land managers, insurance companies, other associations and of course the general public.  It was developed to fit in the AMGA Rock program and greatly improve the instructor's skill sets.  The three day SPI course module covers all the required skills sets for managing a single pitch site from the base or top of the cliff where candidates can either access the top by non technical terrain or by leading.

The Single Pitch Instructor Course is the first course many aspiring guides take.  It is also a course many recreational climbers take to ensure when they take friends and family out, they are doing so in a safe manner.  To learn more about the American Mountain Guide Association, click here.


1) Have a genuine interest in rock climbing and instructing novices on single pitch crags.
2) Are at least 18 years old at the time of the course.
3) Have at least 12 months prior climbing experience.
4) Are an active climber with traditional lead climbing experience (leader placing pro).
5) Have trad lead climbed a minimum of 15 graded rock climbing routes (any grade).
6) Are capable of comfortably climbing 5.8 while on a top rope.


8:00am - 5:00pm


3 Days

Maximum Ratio:


Minimum Age:


Meeting location:

Boulder Rock Club
2829 Mapleton Avenue
Boulder, CO 80301

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1:

  • Session 1: SPI and AMGA Program Overview
  • Session 2: Professionalism
  • Session 3: Equipment
  • Session 4: Knots and Hitches
  • Session 5: Belaying
  • Session 6: Protection and Anchoring
  • Session 7: Teaching
  • End of Day Debriefs

Day 2:

  • Session 8: The Climbing Site
  • Session 9: Site Organization and Group Management
  • Session 10: Base Managed Sites
  • Session 11: Assistance Skills - Base Managed Sites
  • Session 12: Programming and Risk Management
  • End of Day Debriefs

Day 3:

  • Session 13: Instructor Demo Lead Climb
  • Session 14: Top Managed Sites
  • Session 15: Lowering
  • Session 16: Assistance Skills - Top Managed Sites
  • Session 17: Rappelling
  • Session 18: Climbing Movement
  • Session 19: Review Sessions
  • Final Individual and Group Debriefs


With a sixteen-bed lodge available exclusively to Colorado Mountain School students, SPI candidates are welcome to reserve a bed, but should be aware that there course meets each morning in Boulder - approximately a 50 minute drive from our logde.  Our lodge is located in downtown Estes Park with a full kitchen, WiFi and hot showers. Lodging must be book separately for $30/night.  Please call our office for reservations.


All of our courses can be run as private outings.  If you're interested in a course, but it doesn't fit into your schedule, please check out our private guiding options.