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Formerly known as the Single Pitch Award (SPA)

This award is for those who wish to teach rock climbing in single pitch environments (basically local outcrops such as Bowden Doors in Northumberland and Stanage Edge in the Peak District). The award also qualifies the holder to work in indoor climbing environments. The training course covers such skills as choice of venue, rope management, correct use of equipment, group management, teaching and learning, managing an assistant, emergency procedures, crag etiquette, access and conservation. Rock Climbing Instructor training courses are run over three days One day is spent at the Newcastle Climbing Centre and the other two days are spent at two different northern crags. Between training and assessment candidates are expected to gain supervisory and personal climbing experience. Every opportunity should be taken to practise the skills learned during training. The assessment course is run over two days – again visiting two different crags and a climbing wall. Candidates normally leave approximately three months between training and assessment courses, giving them sufficient time to practise new skills.

Pre-requisites for registration:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You have 12 months rock climbing experience
  • You have logged: 15 outdoor "trad" leads; 15 indoor leads and 5 outdoor "sport" leads

Additional Information

  • Training course cost £155*
  • Syllabus can be downloaded from here
  • Assessment cost £155*


*Includes entry to the centre


COVID UPDATE: We have had to make some changes due to the government guidance on Covid-19. To see what new safety measures we have in place please click here to view our Covid Secure Climbing Policy.

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