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Thank you for your interest in joining the Climbing Wall Association! The CWA is a non-profit, industry trade association for operators of climbing walls, builders of climbing walls, manufacturers of climbing wall equipment, and others involved in the climbing industry.




What does CWA do?

As a member-driven organization, the CWA offers standards and publications for the operation of climbing walls, insurance programs for climbing facilities, risk management consulting for member organizations, conferences, and other products and services.


CWA is the principal promoter and defender of the manufactured wall climbing industry in the USA. The CWA’s public policy agenda involves educating members on policy matters that may have an impact on their programs and businesses, promoting positive regulatory and business conditions for the industry, promoting sound public policy regarding health, physical education and recreation.


Who should join?

CWA membership is designed to benefit any organization that provides climbing–related products or services. From climbing gyms to summer camps, our global member network includes any organization or vendor involved in the operation and construction of artificial climbing structures. A few examples of current CWA members include:

Member Spotlight: High Point Climbing

Member Spotlight: True North Climbing

Member Spotlight: Cascade Specialty

Member Spotlight: University of Nebraska


How much does membership cost?

CWA’s annual membership dues are $400.00 and $75.00 for each additional location with a climbing wall.


Why should I join?

Every membership is very important to the CWA. Your support is vital to our continued efforts on behalf of the entire industry. By joining the CWA, your organization joins a unified industry group that is working for the continued success and stability of our industry. Your membership will make a difference for the future of indoor climbing! Join the CWA!


What are the benefits of membership?

Insurance through The Monument Sports Group

  • Liability
  • Property
  • Worker’s Comp
  • Participant Accident Medical
  • Umbrella and Excess



  • 5% off Wholesale on Nicros Handholds & Training Tools
  • Wholesale on Entre Prises USA climbing holds
  • 15% discount on Atomik climbing holds
  • Free Belay Gate with purchase of TRUBLUE Auto Belay
  • 5% discount on Bron route tape
  • 12% discount on any direct boulder order from Rock Craft
  • Access to for members’ full-time employees
  • Special pricing on Rock & Ice subscriptions for gym staff and members (click here for details)
  • Discounted background checks through S2 Verify (click here for details)
  • Free postings on the CWA Job Board


Member Pricing on CWA Events


Industry Research

  • Member pricing on the 2018 Indoor Climbing Industry Report



  • CWA Climbing Gym Business Plan Creation
  • Guide to Visitor Agreements
  • Industry Practices
  • Engineering Specifications
  • Inspection Specifications
  • ClimbSmart!® program materials
  • Access to industry alerts, press releases, and Lines the industry newsletter

*New members receive a publication of their choice and a set of ClimbSmart!® posters. Upon each renewal, members can select one new publication of their choice.



  • Gym startup consulting
  • Access to cost-effective risk-management consulting & training services
  • Support, advocacy, and lobbying initiatives on regulatory issues that affect you
  • Assistance when you need it - call us any time!




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