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The Single Pitch Award (SPA) in Brief

This award is for those who wish to supervise a group on single pitch crags and climbing walls. The training and assessment covers such skills as choice of venue, rope management, correct use of equipment, group management, emergency procedures, crag etiquette, access and conservation. SPA training and assessment courses last a minimum of two days or twenty hours. Between training and assessment candidates are expected to gain extensive supervisory and personal climbing experience. Every opportunity should be taken to practise the skills learned during training.

Before you register make sure you can answer yes to the following questions.

• Are you at least 18 years old?
• Do you have 12 months rock climbing experience?
• Are you an active climber with experience of lead climbing?
• Have you led at least 15 routes outdoors on leader placed protection?

Registration You must be 18 years of age and a member of a Mountaineering Council. Prior to registration you should have a minimum of twelve months rock climbing experience. When you register you will be sent a logbook in which to record your climbing experience.

Training The SPA training course lasts for a minimum of 20 hours. It will include personal climbing, group supervision and the use of climbing walls. If you have an exceptionally high level of experience you may be granted exemption from the training course and proceed directly to assessment. To do this you must first register and tick the exemption application request box on the registration form. Then you should submit the exemption application form together with a copy of your completed logbook and the appropriate fee.

Consolidation At the end of your training course you will agree a personal action plan with your training Provider. This usually covers a period of at least six months during which time you will record your climbing and supervising experience in your logbook. Assessment Your assessor will ask to see your logbook when you book on the course to check you have completed the SPA training course (or successfully gained exemption from training), satisfied the consolidation requirements and have a current First Aid certificate. The assessment lasts for a minimum of 20 hours and includes personal climbing, group supervision and the use of climbing walls. After passing the assessment you should keep your logbook up to date and your First Aid certificate valid. Additional Information

  • 20 hours instruction over 2.5 days (usually Fri-Sun)
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Venue: local outcrops
  • Register with the MLTE for your logbook
  • Training course cost £155*
  • Assessment cost £155*

*Includes entry to the centre

Download the SPA Handbook

2019 Course Dates


Climbing Wall Instructor training
7 & 8 Sept (£145)

Rock Climbing Wall Instructor assessment
27 & 28 Sept (£155)

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