Climbing Wall Instructor Course                                                              
                                                                                                        January 25-27, 2019      

Course Fees:
$275.00 for the 2 ½ day course

Friday             4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday         9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday           8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Course Location:
UW-River Falls, River Falls, WI (January 25-27, 2019)

Course Description:
The PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor Course provides instructors and potential instructors with an in depth, standardized understanding of the skills essential to teaching climbing in an indoor setting. It is the first step in a sequential approach to professional climbing instructor development. The course reinforces the importance of teaching technically accurate information and debunks many common climbing myths. The course emphasizes the presentation of sound fundamental skills to climbing gym participants, the formation of risk assessment and risk management skills and basic problem solving skills such as belay transitions and on-wall coaching and assistance techniques. Participants are assessed on both their core knowledge and their ability to effectively teach and coach related skills.

This is not an introductory-level program. You cannot abdicate responsibility for yourself and must take full responsibility for your own security. If, in the instructor’s opinion, you do not display the skill and prudence necessary for the course, you may be asked to leave the course.

Instructor Contact:
Al Wiberg (715) 226-0723 cell, Course Provider

Climbing Wall Instructor Course Pre-Requisites
Candidates must:

  • Show an adequate experience level to the course provider illustrating that he/she is ready for the course. Examples include periodic climbing for 2 – 3 years, a high intensity of climbing in the past few months, etc.
  • Has the ability to easily put on a harness and tie in appropriately.
  • Has the ability to belay with an aperture belay device and an assisted locking device in a competent, comfortable and confident manner.
  • Possesses the personal equipment necessary for the course.
  • Is capable of comfortably top roping 5.8 on an artificial climbing wall

Climbing Wall Instructor Core Component Skills Professional Skills:

  • Presents her/himself with a professional demeanor and appropriate attire.
  • Presents her/himself with essential and well-maintained personal equipment.
  • Discusses differences between recreational climbing and climbing instruction and supervision.
  • Understands legal and administrative aspects of wall management.
  • Designs and demonstrates professional client greeting and facility introduction
  • Discusses options for working with youth populations vs. adult populations.
  • Discusses professionalism, professional training programs and the role of organizations such as the PCIA, CWA, ACCT and the AMGA.

Climbing Ability:
Models a top rope climb at the 5.8 standard, illustrating confident, smooth, and controlled movement.
(Candidates seeking a Lead Endorsement) Models a lead climb at the 5.7 standard, illustration confident, smooth and controlled movement. Demonstrates proper clipping and fall techniques.

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