Gaining certification through an AMGA SPI Exam is a great first step into the world of mountain guiding.  More companies, institutions, and agencies are requiring that their instructors have some American Mountain Guide Association training and certification. 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. Benefits:

  • 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.


Participants need to have taken already taken the AMGA SPI Course.


We recommend taking the AMGA SPI Course to prepare for this course.




8 hours

Maximum Ratio:


Minimum Age:

Participants must be 18 years of age or older

Meeting location:

Colorado Mountain School
633 S Broadway Unit A
Boulder, CO 80305


Colorado Mountain School offers a 16 bunk lodge that is conveniently located in downtown Estes Park (1 hour north of Boulder) and features a full kitchen, WiFi and hot showers. Reserve a bed now for just $40 per night (plus tax).

This one day course will go over the nine main areas within the exam which include:

  1. Risk Management
  2. Client Care
  3. Technical Systems
  4. Application
  5. Terrain Assessment
  6. Movement Skills
  7. Mountain Sense
  8. Professionalism
  9. Instructional Technique

Price Includes:

  • AMGA Certified Guide and Program Provider
  • Digital AMGA Course Manual

Price Excludes:

  • Climbing Equipment
  • Park Entrance Fees (where applicable)
  • Food
  • Lodging
  • Transportation
  • Gratuity
  • Misc. Charges
    • Rescue Fees
    • Helicopter Rides
    • Trip Insurance
  • Expenses due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Colorado Mountain School