CWA Committees

Work-at-Height Standards Committee

The Climbing Wall Association has developed consensus standards for climbing wall workers and work-at-height certification trainers (providers). The committee responsible for developing and maintaining the CWA climbing wall worker certification standard, and assessment criteria, is the CWA Work-at-Height Certification Standards Committee. If you would like more information about this, you can find it here:


Instructor Certification Standards Committee

The Climbing Wall Association has developed consensus standards for certified climbing wall instructors and climbing wall instructor trainers (providers). The committee responsible for developing and maintaining the CWA Climbing Wall Instructor certification standards is the CWA Climbing Wall Instructor Certification Standards Committee. If you would like more information about CWA’s Certification Standards Committee, you can find it here:


Engineering Standards Committee

The CWA develops engineering standards in two key areas: standards for the design and engineering of manufactured climbing structures and structural inspection standards for climbing walls. The CWA sponsors the Engineering Standards Committee, which is responsible for the development, maintenance, revision and interpretation of these specifications. CWA engineering standards are intended to assist architects, designers, engineers, inspectors and builders in determining adequate parameters for the design, engineering and inspection of manufactured climbing structures. CWA engineering standards relate to actual conditions of use and may address: materials, strength of materials, standard test methods, product testing procedures, definitions of technical or trade terms, product specifications, labeling standards, commercial practices, or other information that provides guidance to the industry. The engineering standards do not purport to address the safety concerns associated with the operation or use of a manufactured climbing structure. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to consult pertinent operational standards, establish appropriate safety and health practices, and to determine the applicability of any regulatory requirements prior to use. If you would like more information about the CWA’s Engineering Standards Committee, please contact us, or you may find it here:


Industry Practices Committee

The Industry Practices Committee works on the development and maintenance of guidelines, recommendations, and practices concerning the management and operation of climbing walls CWA Industry Practices are intended to assist owners and operators of climbing facilities in the management and operation of those facilities and in developing sound risk management plans. If you would like more information about the CWA’s Industry Practices Committee, you can find it here:

Industry Practices Committee

Mike St Laurent

Mike St Laurent

President & COO, Triangle Rock Club

Committee Chair

Kenneth Cronin

Kenneth Cronin

Owner, Crag X Indoor Climbing Centre Inc.

Committee Member

Jon Heshka

Jon Heshka

Professor, Thompson Rivers University

Committee Member

Chris Jenkins

Chris Jenkins

Chief Strategy Officer, Movement, LLC

Committee Member

Jason Kurten

Associate Director of Rec Sports, Texas A&M University Outdoor Adventures

Committee Member

Jason Noble

Jason Noble

Operations Manager, Vertical Endeavors, Inc.

Committee Member

George Poulton

George Poulton

General Counsel, Vertical Solutions

Committee Member

Wesley Shih

Wesley Shih

Sender One Climbing LLC

Committee Member

Lauren Watson

Ground Up Climbing Centre

Committee Member

Garnet Moore

Garnet Moore

Executive Director, Climbing Wall Association

CWA Staff Liaison

Heather Reynolds

Heather Reynolds

Climbing Wall Association

CWA Staff Liaison

Board of Directors

Wesley Shih

Wesley Shih

Sender One Climbing LLC

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(213)279-2000

Chair

Jason Noble

Jason Noble

Operations Manager, Vertical Endeavors, Inc.

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(651)209-0608

Treasurer

Kenneth Cronin

Kenneth Cronin

Owner, Crag X Indoor Climbing Centre Inc.

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(613)255-6305

Secretary

Michele Lang

Michele Lang

CEO, Insight Climbing and Movement

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(206)643-0108

Vice Chair

Mike St Laurent

Mike St Laurent

President & COO, Triangle Rock Club

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(919)463-7625

Jackie Hueftle

Jackie Hueftle

Co-Founder Routesetting Institute

COO, Kilter, LLC

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(775)771-3371

George Poulton

George Poulton

General Counsel, Vertical Solutions

Mardi Roberts

Mardi Roberts

CEO, 5.Life

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(614)888-8393

Walson Tai

Walson Tai

Calgary Climbing Centres

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(403)681-6779