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2017 Cert Summit Course Offerings

There are three certifications available at the 2017 Cert Summit:



CWA Work at Height Certification for Qualified Persons

Lead Instructor: Jesse Williams
Start Date & Time: Monday, November 13, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
End Date & Time: Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $850.00



The Climbing Wall Association, in collaboration with the Petzl Technical Institute, has developed a Work-at-Height training and assessment program for commercial climbing gym and institutional climbing wall operations. The course will combine instruction in the administrative requirements, specialized equipment, practical techniques, and procedures for work-at-height in a climbing facility.

The goals of the program are to:

  • To educate owners and managers about legal requirements for Work-at-Height.
  • Provide candidates with guidance for managing a comprehensive fall protection program.
  • Provide a means of promoting consistency and quality assurance for employees working at height.
  • Improve the level of competency of employees working-at-height in climbing facilities.
  • Evaluate the technical skills of employees working-at-height.


Certification participants will demonstrate their ability to conduct a hazard assessment, write elements of a fall-protection plan, and demonstrate techniques for ascending, descending, positioning, self-belay, and rescue while working at height on a climbing wall. We will discuss the selection and use of vertical rope access fall arrest equipment and the application of certain work at height techniques used in industry to the climbing wall environment. Successful candidates should understand, and be able to implement, a comprehensive work-at-height fall protection program and oversee staff working within that program.


Personal Protective Equipment Training Certification


Lead Instructor: Jesse Williams
Start Date & Time: Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
End Date & Time: Friday, November 17, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $750.00



Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – selection, inspection and management. Become a PPE Competent Person with our three-day personal protective equipment training course. Learn to competently examine work-at-height personal protective equipment using the Petzl protocol and to create an effective PPE-management system.

Objectives: Learn to competently examine work-at-height personal protective equipment using the Petzl protocol and to create an effective PPE-management system.


  •   Risk assessment and associated decision making.
  •   Potential hazards associated with the use of PPE for protection against falls from height.
  •   Legislation and current requirements regarding the management of PPE.
  • Definition of “competent person.”
  • General principles and uses of PPE.
  • Employer and PPE inspector responsibilities.
  • Understanding a technical notice.
  • Principal actions of the examiner: maintenance, returns under warranty, removal of products from service, etc.
  • Principal corrective actions: information to provide for the users and/or their management system.
  • Necessary tools and work environment to efficiently perform PPE examination.
  • Presentation of Petzl Technical Institute PPE examination protocol.
  • Pre-use checks, special inspections, thorough examinations, signs and symptoms, significance of any defects, criteria for removal from service.
  • Identify defects and damage which would result in the item being removed from service.
  • Inspection reporting.


  • Professionals working at height (tower climbers, rope access techs, rescue teams, arborists, etc.)
  • Recreational users participating in vertical sports (i.e. climbers, cavers, canyoneers, etc.)
  • Persons and/or positions tasked with the responsibility of PPE examination (i.e. self-employed workers, health and safety managers, instructors, supervisors, team leaders and trainers.)
  • Companies/organizations performing third-party PPE examination services.
  • Petzl Technical Partners or Petzl Information Partners.


CWA Climbing Wall Instructor Provider


Lead Instructor: Dan Jeanette

Start Date & Time: Thursday, November 16, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
End Date & Time: Friday, November 17, 2017, 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $495.00



This certification training will provide an overview of the CWA Climbing Wall Instructor Certification Program for prospective providers. The CWI program provider course is a twelve hour course. There will be some lecture, but emphasis will be on demonstration, practice teaching, evaluation, collaborative learning and group discussion of the program. We will review program policies, the curriculum, and program implementation. A portion of the training will be spent evaluating the provider candidate’s skills and teaching ability, the remainder of the course will be spent in discussion and in training scenarios to further develop provider skills. We will review course flow from successful courses and discuss how to offer a consistent course, with fair student evaluation, effective feedback, and achieve a consistent international standard of evaluation. We will also discuss program administration, risk management and certain requirements providers must meet in these areas. The CWI Certification Program is designed to be easily integrated into a facility's existing staff training program if the owner/operator qualifies as a CWI Provider.

 Please note: Preparation is required for this course. Provider candidates must be familiar with the primary program documents, including the Industry Practices, Student Manual, and Policy Manual prior to attending the training. Instructor will contact attendees beforehand to ensure eligibility and prerequisites are met. Please review the certification program information here: 


Pre-Requisites for CWI Program Provider:

  • Current membership in the CWA
  • 21 years of age.
  • Current first aid and CPR (American Red Cross Basic - 5.5 to 6.5 hours, or equivalent).
  • A resume' or other document showing a minimum of 200 hours of work experience as a climbing instructor, showing expertise in indoor climbing settings.
  • Current CWA Certified Climbing Wall Instructor Certification. * (See below)
  • Climbing ability: 5.9 top rope and 5.8 lead on artificial structures.
  • Two non-related professional references, including contact information and phone number.
  • A signed agreement and attestation on file (found via link below)
  • 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 but 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 of guide, or other certification will be considered as evidence of qualification.


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