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Upcoming CWA Certification Trainings

Monday, August 5, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Laura Allured
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We are happy to announce several upcoming training opportunities to earn valuable technical certifications. Certifications are a way to acquire and demonstrate necessary skills and knowledge to work effectively in a climbing facility. Join us at one of the following trainings to learn important skills, bolster your resume, and ensure you're following industry standards in your work!


Climbing Wall Instructor Provider

This certification course is ideal for front desk managers, gym managers, and operations staff in charge of training gym staff to facilitate new climber orientations and belay tests, and ensuring member compliance with facility requirements. The CWI program promotes industry self-regulation and assists owner/operators of climbing facilities in the management and operation of those facilities. The program has established consistent, observable, and minimum criteria for evaluating climbing wall instructors, improving staff training procedures at hundreds of facilities. The CWI certification standards pertain to technical skills and teaching of technical climbing skills.


Work-at-Height for Competent Persons

This certification course is ideal for day-to-day routesetters, as well as staff who perform wall maintenance or other tasks at height. The Competent level of this training is highly tactical and involves efficient techniques for workers to remain legally compliant with OSHA standards and industry best practices. The focus of the Work-at-Height certification program is to train and assess the ability of the candidate to access elevated work positions and perform work-at-height operations in climbing facilities. The program also trains and assesses the candidate’s ability to perform a prompt and effective rescue at-height.


Upcoming Trainings


Calgary Climbing Centre (Following the CWA Meeting in Calgary)

Climbing Wall Instructor Provider: August 14-15

Work-at-Height for Competent Persons: August 14-16


Übergrippen Indoor Climbing Crag

Climbing Wall Instructor Provider: August 24-25


Gravity Vault Hoboken (Following the CWA Meeting in New Jersey)

Climbing Wall Instructor Provider: September 18-19

Work-at-Height for Competent Persons: September 18-20


Philadelphia Rock Gym

Climbing wall instructor provider: September 20-21

To register, contact Jay Pringle at


Planet Granite San Francisco (Following the CWA Meeting in San Francisco)

Climbing Wall Instructor Provider: October 23-24

Work-at-Height for Competent Persons: October 23-25


Please contact the CWA's Certification Program Coordinator, Heather Reynolds, at with any questions.


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