Mountain Training - SPA Single Pitch Award

A nationally recognised award for those wanting to supe

This award is for those who wish to supervise a group on single pitch crags and climbing walls. The training and assessment covers such skills as choice of venue, rope management, correct use of equipment, group management, emergency procedures, crag etiquette, access and conservation. SPA training and assessment courses last a minimum of two days or twenty hours. You will learn how to become an effective supervisor, encouraging others to enjoy their climbing safely, whilst also improving your own climbing techniques. Between training and assessment candidates are expected to gain extensive supervisory and personal climbing experience. Every opportunity should be taken to practise the skills learned during training.

To be involved in the SPA scheme you need to be a climber and have an interest in the supervision of novices in the activity. A minimum of twelve months personal climbing experience is required. Before you register make sure you can answer yes to the following questions. • Are you at least 18 years old? • Do you have 12 months rock climbing experience? • Are you an active climber with experience of lead climbing? • Have you led at least 15 routes outdoors on leader placed protection? The SPA is the only nationally recognised award that enables holders to supervise novices and others on single pitch crags and climbing walls. To pass this award you need more than just good personal climbing skills. Please note you must be registered with both the BMC and the SPA scheme before attending the training course. Please visit


  • Course Length: Minimum - Training 20 hours (usually 2 days and 2 evenings), Assessment 20 hours (usually 2 days)
  • Staff Ratio: Training max 1:4 & 2:8, Assessment max 1:4 minimum 1:2
  • Venue: North East
  • Cost: Training £155 and Assessment £155 (non-residential) includes official sticker and climbing wall entry
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