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Climbing Gym Instructor
The Climbing Gym Instructor Program

  • Climbing Gym Instructors (CGI) work on climbing structures both indoors and outdoors.
  • Many climbing centres in Western Canada use certified ACMG instructors to teach and supervise their climbing programs.
  • Level 1 CGI - Teaches introductory sessions and basic top-roping courses.
  • Level 2 CGI - Teaches and coaches lead climbing courses and intermediate movement skills.
  • Level 3 CGI - Works on developing instructional courses and instructing and assessing climbing gym instructor courses.

 

 



Prerequisites

Level 1 Climbing Gym Instructor

  • You must be 18 (19 in BC) years of age.
    • Note: Underage candidates will be considered for the program (minumum 16 years of age) however applicants must use the Underage Application package found in 'Application Info'.
  • Proof of a current Standard First Aid and CPR course
  • A letter of recommendation from a facility operator, ACMG Level 2 or 3 CGI, or ACMG Guide which confirms you:
    • Have 2 years climbing experience (include total number of days climbed).
    • Top rope 5.10 and lead 5.9 on artificial structures.
    • Have climbed in at least 2 different facilities.
    • Have observed or shadowed 8 hrs of climbing instruction where top rope (harness and belay skills) and movement skills were taught. This is exposure to instructional styles, content and presentation to be more comfortable and prepared with the content and expectations of the CGI 1 program.

Level 2 Climbing Gym Instructor

  • You must have a Level 1 Climbing Gym Instructor Certificate.
  • Proof of a current Standard First Aid course and CPR certificate
  • A letter of recommendation from a facility operator, ACMG Level 3 CGI, or ACMG Guide which confirms:
    • You flash 5.10+ on artificial structures or rock
    • You assisted on several advanced movement and lead climbing courses
    • Thirty hours of instruction work (after Level 1 certification)
    • Outdoor rock experience including your top 10 sport climbing flashes on rock

Level 1 Climbing Gym Instructor

Goals: To train and assess candidates in the instruction and coaching of technical skills, movement and training on climbing structures. The course focuses on top rope climbing techniques and skills.

Format: This 2.5 day course is a combination of instruction, practice and application, and assessment.

Expectations: Come with professional quality equipment. Reading up on climbing systems theory and physics will help. Be familiar and proficient with basic climbing and belaying systems including top-rope and belaying with a belay tube and a Gri Gri.

Examination Areas

Pretest: Candidates will read the ACMG Climbing Gym Instructor Technical Manual and complete a short pre-test. These will be mailed out prior to the course and picked up at course start.

Top Rope Climbing: Candidates will both climb and belay. Climbers must be capable of climbing at a 5.10 standard on top rope, demonstrating smooth, confident movement.

Lead Climbing: Candidates will both climb and belay. Climbers must demonstrate a personal leading ability of 5.9, including proper protection management. A short lead fall will also be required. Belayers must be able to belay with either a belay plate or "Gri Gri" belay device.

Teaching top roping: Each candidate will present two ten-minute sessions from the top rope skill set. A lesson plan for these sessions should be prepared before the course. These lessons will be delivered as part of two group presentations

Teaching movement skills: Each candidate will be required to instruct a ten minute session on a basic movement skill such as edging, balance, smearing, etc.

Teaching advanced skills: Each candidate will be required to instruct a ten minute session on an advanced topic outside the top rope or basic movement skill sets. For example, clipping draws, advanced movement skills, training for climbing.

Location and Length: 2.5 days in a number of different climbing gyms throughout Western Canada. See Dates and Fees

Level 2 Climbing Gym Instructor

Goals: To train and assess candidates in the instruction and coaching of technical skills, movement, and training on climbing structures. The course focuses on lead climbing skills and advanced movement.

Format: This 2.5 day course is a combination of instruction, practice and application, and assessment.

Expectations: Come with professional quality equipment. Reading up on climbing systems theory and physics will help. Be familiar and proficient with basic climbing and belaying systems including top-rope and belaying with a belay tube and a Gri Gri.

Examination Areas

Lead Climbing: Candidates will both climb and belay. Climbers must demonstrate a personal leading ability of 5.10+, including proper protection management. A short lead fall will also be required. Belayers must be able to belay with either a belay plate or Gri Gri.

Lead Climbing Lesson: Each candidate will present one ten-minute session from the lead climbing skill set. A lesson plan for this session should be prepared before the course.

Advanced Movement Lesson: Each candidate will present one twenty-minute session incorporating two advanced movement skills.

Training Lesson: Each candidate will present one ten-minute session on physical training. A lesson plan for this session should be prepared before the course.

Risk Management: Each candidate will present one twenty-minute session on risk management at a level appropriate for staff training. A physical practice session is required.

Instructional Session: Each candidate will be required to instruct a session on skills for a lead climbing lesson. Candidates will be evaluated on their ability to instruct climbing skills and their ability to supervise the skills of the students.

Location and Length: 2.5 days. This course is offered in a number of different climbing gyms throughout Western Canada. See Dates and Fees.

Level 3 Climbing Gym Instructor

To enter the Level 3 Program you must have extensive experience as a Level 2 Instructor. You then apply to the CGI Technical Committee to apprentice on the Level 1 and 2 Courses. Successful candidates will be awarded the Level 3 Certificate.

  • Proof of a current Standard First Aid course and CPR certificate
  • A letter of recommendation from the Climbing Gym Instructor Technical Committee
  • A work experience resume that shows:
    • Thirty hours of instruction work (after Level 2 certification)
    • Experience working in at least two gyms
    • Outdoor rock experience including 15 top sport climbing flashes on rock (minimum 5.11-)

For more information on TRU/ACMG courses contact:

Canadian Mountain & Ski Guide Program
Thompson Rivers University
900 McGill Road
Kamloops, BC V2C 5N3
cmsg@tru.ca 
250.371.5838