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Climbing Gym Instructor

Climbing Gym Instructors (CGI) work on climbing structures both indoors and outdoors.

  • Level 1 CGI:
    Teaches introductory sessions and basic top-roping courses.
  • Level 2 CGI:
    Teaches and coaches lead climbing courses and intermediate movement skills.
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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

Standard First Aid Course

The Climbing Instructor Programs require a Standard First Aid Course. These courses usually run over a two-day period (minimum 16 hrs), combining theory and practical sessions to provide the basis for dealing with traumatic and medical emergencies.

  • First Aid Courses

    Standard First Aid and CPR Course

    Thesecourses usually run over a two-day period (minimum 16 hrs), combining theory and practical sessions to provide the basis for dealing with traumatic and medical emergencies.
    The ACMG does not run these programs but rather relies on outside course providers. Programs from the following, partial list have proven acceptable in the past. Please contact the ACMG Training and Certification program office if you have any questions.

    Standard First Aid

    Web info:

    Explore these sites to find information and contact numbers to find a course near you:

    St Johns Ambulance

    Red Cross First Aid Programs

    AHASTI First Aid

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

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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.

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How to Apply

The application package below outlines what is required to be submitted when applying to each training course or exam.

Application Package

Climbing Gym Instructor Level One

Climbing Gym Instructor Level Two (Minimum of 1 year after completion of the Climbing Gym Instructor Level 1)

  1. Please read through in detail and ensure that your application includes all of the required elements.
  2. Complete the online registration form: TAP Application Form
  3. We recommend using the Chrome browser when completing your online application, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer are not well supported by our student information system software.

By applying to the training course in each stream you are automatically registered for the apprentice exam in that stream (pending a recommendation from the training course instructors). You do not need to submit a separate application unless you completed the training courses in a different year or have already attempted the exam and are applying to take it again.

Dates and Fees

NOTE: Schedule and costs may vary due to conditions and enrolment. As a result dates and fees may change without notice. Full payment is required 45 days prior to the course start. Remain flexible in your dates as the ACMG office reserves the right of candidate placement.

Course Location Date Fees App Deadline
Level 1 Victoria, BC November 16 - 18, 2018 $425 + GST 45 days prior
Level 2 Victoria, BC November 16 - 18, 2018 $440 + GS 45 days prior
Level 1 Toronto, ON November 16 - 18, 2018 $425 + GST 45 days prior
Level 2 Toronto, ON November 16 - 18, 2018 $440 + GS 45 days prior
Level 1 Calgary, AB November 23 - 25, 2018 $425 + GST 45 days prior
Level 1 Vancouver,BC November 23 - 25, 2018 $425 + GST 45 days prior
Level 2 Vancouver,BC November 23 - 25, 2018 $440 + GS 45 days prior
Level 1 Canmore, AB December 14 - 16, 2018 $425 + GST 45 days prior
Level 2 Canmore, AB December 14 - 16, 2018 $440 + GS 45 days prior

Level 1 Vancouver Island, BC February 8-10, 2019 $460 + GST 45 days prior
Level 1 Calgary AB February 22-24, 2019 $460 + GST 45 days prior
Level 1 Winnipeg, MB February 22-24, 2019 $460 + GST 45 days prior
Level 1 Edmonton, AB March 29-30, 2019 $460 + GST 45 days prior
Level 1 Toronto, ON May 24-26, 2019 $460 + GST 45 days prior
Level 1 Squamish, BC May 24- 26, 2019 $460 + GST 45 days prior
Level 1 Canmore, AB May 24-26, 2019 $460 + GST 45 days prior

Level 2 Vancouver Island, BC February 8-10, 2019 $475 + GST 45 days prior
Level 2 Calgary AB February 22-24, 2019 $475 + GST 45 days prior
Level 2 Winnipeg, MB February 22-24, 2019 $475 + GST 45 days prior
Level 2 Edmonton, AB March 29-30, 2019 $475 + GST 45 days prior
Level 2 Toronto, ON May 24-26, 2019 $475 + GST 45 days prior
Level 2 Squamish, BC May 24-26, 2019 $475 + GST 45 days prior
Level 2 Canmore, AB May 24-26, 2019 $475 + GST 45 days prior

For more information:

ACMG Training and Assessment Program
Box 8245
Canmore, AB Canada T1W 2T9
403.679.9181
tap@acmg.ca