Program Provider Training


This training will provide an overview of the CWA Climbing Wall Instructor Certification Program for prospective instructor pool members. It is intended that as the program evolves, this training will also serve as continuing education option for instructor pool members.This training will review the program policy manual, the CWA Industry Practices, the student manual and curricula and general course flow. A portion of the training will be spent in scenarios to develop provider skills in the consistent nationwide delivery of course content, fair student evaluation, providing effective student feedback, risk management and in discussing the consensus pass/fail standards.

Course Goals
  • Educate provider pool members in the Climbing Wall Instructor certification program and to prepare provider pool members to be effective advocates for the program
  • Help provider pool members understand the program’s policies and procedures
  • Familiarize candidates with program materials
  • Train provider pool members to administer and deliver courses within the CWI certification program and to familiarize candidates with program materials
  • Train provider pool members in the CWA Industry Practices
  • Train provider pool members in the program curricula
  • Train provider pool members in evaluating and applying course standards, use of the evaluation instrument, and how to assess climbing wall students consistently and fairly
  • Communicate the risk management and safety measures to be employed during the course
  • Ensure that the certification program is delivered with consistency and quality
  • Provide a forum for provider pool members to have questions answered and discuss program issues
Training Format

The CWI Program Provider Training Course is an eight-hour course including limited lecture, but with an emphasis on demonstration, group discussion of the program/curricula, and review of course flow/scenarios.

Required Prerequisites
  • The candidate must be a current CWA Member (self or employer)
  • The candidate is at least 21 years of age
  • The candidate is currently First Aid and CPR certified (American Red Cross Basic – 5.5 to 6.5 hours or equivalent)
  • The candidate provides a résumé or other document showing a minimum of 200 hours of work experience as a climbing instructor, showing expertise in indoor climbing settings
  • The candidate can demonstrate basic climbing movement skills on top rope at the 5.8 level in a calm, confident manner with good positioning without falls
  • The candidate can lead climb at the 5.7 level, demonstrating an awareness of potential hazards, possess lead belay skills and climb confidently without falls
  • The candidate must be a current CWA certified Climbing Wall Instructor*
  • The candidate must provide contact information for two non-related professional references
  • The candidate must have a signed agreement and attestation on file
  • The candidate must provide proof of insurance

  • *If the candidate is not a current CWA certified Climbing Wall Instructor, the candidate may complete an alternative qualification procedure documenting that the candidate meets the requirements of becoming a provider by showing a minimum of 400 hours of work experience as a climbing instructor. Exceptional and wide-ranging indoor climbing teaching experience, prior experience as an instructor or guide, or other certification will be considered as evidence of qualification. Completion of a provider training course may or may not be required as part of the alternative qualification procedure.

CWPPT courses are Call-To-Schedule

All participants must sign our Liability Waiver and Rules Agreement.