AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor

Ascent Climbing has been involved with the AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor (CWI) certification program since its inception in 2007.

The 20 hour certification course is designed to equip climbing instructors with the technical know-how and teaching skills necessary for professional climbing wall operators. We offer flexible scheduling and training locations including using your own facility.


Over the past several years the CWI program has become the nations premier training program for climbing wall operators and instructors.

  • Climbing Gym’s
  • Scout Troop Leaders
  • Schools / University’s
  • Summer Camp Counselors
  • any professional wall operator


  • Client orientation and instruction
  • Teaching general climbing skills including movement
  • Teaching top-rope belay skills
  • Teaching lead climbing and lead belay skills (optional)
  • Equipment and facility use
  • Rescue and emergency procedures
  • Site and risk management indoors


  • 1 year climbing experience or 20 climbing outings in the past 12 months
  • Must be 16 years to participate and 18 years for certification
  • Must understand proper use and maintenance of personal climbing equipment including harnesses, carabiners, belay devices, shoes, rope, cordage and slings.
  • For Lead Certification (optional): Must comfortably climb top rope 5.9 and lead 5.8 at time of course
  • For Top Rope Certification: Must comfortably climb 5.7 at time of course
  • AMGA Professional Membership Required


  • AMGA CWI Course Manual
  • Thorough assessment of candidates knowledge, skills and presentation
  • Access to the AMGA professional discount programs
  • 3 year certification w/ successful completion


Full Certification: $325 + AMGA membership dues
Re-Certification: $199 + AMGA membership dues

Corporate group rates available for multiple registrants.


Rock Climb Fairfield (Fairfield, CT)
Prime Climb (Wallingford, CT)
City Climb (New Haven, CT)

...or your facility.


Visit the AMGA CWI Webpage

Upcoming AMGA CWI Courses

Check back for 2018 CWI Schedule.