The Climbing Wall Instructor certification (CWI) was introduced in 2007 to certify professionals who teach in an indoor or artificial wall environment. It aims to increase the level of professionalism in indoor climbing and to improve the level of climbing wall instruction, to develop a more consistent standard of care for climbing instructors in the US, to evaluate the skills of climbing instructors in the US, and to provide guidance for further professional development.  There are two certifications that can be earned in this course: AMGA CWI Top Rope or Lead.  This is a three day course that will be held at the Unity College Willard Climbing Wall.  Prepare for evening classes as well.


  • 18 years old
  • One year documented personal climbing experience (a minimum of 20 outings climbing indoors and/or outdoors in the last 12 months)
  • Climb 5.9 on top rope and lead 5.8 for Lead Certification
  • Climb 5.7 on artificial structures, on top rope for top Rope Certification
  • Understanding the proper use of use of personal climbing equipment, including shoes, harness, belay device, carabiners, rope, cordage, and slings




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