Climbing Wall Instructor Course

September 9th through 30th

Thank you for attending the CWA's virtual Climbing Wall Instructor training. This course has been designed to offer you the same training as our in person certifications. This page will be your online hub throughout the course.

Key dates

*There are no grace periods given for the below due dates

Course Materials



Finish Application

Due by September 9th

APPLICATION FORM


Upload Climbing Video

Due by September 9th

Your climbing video should be no longer than 10 minutes and provide enough information to evaluate your climbing and belaying ability. In this video you will climb first and then you will belay as your partner climbs. Climb your chosen route without falling, and catch a fall when your partner is climbing.  You should move through the tie in, partner check, climbing, and belaying steps efficiently. 

  • Position the camera far enough back to see the belayer and at least the first three clips of a lead climb, or the first 15 feet or 5 meters of a top rope climb. You do not need to move the camera or provide closeups.
  • Introduce yourself
    • Say your name
    • Say the name of the gym you are in
    • State the learning outcome you will be teaching
  • Demonstrate your climbing ability:
    • Pick a challenging 5.8 Top Rope or 5.7 Lead route
    • Tying in
    • The partner check
    • Climbing
    • Lowering
  • Demonstrate your belay ability:
    • Preparing the rope
    • Setting up your belay device
    • The partner check
    • Belay technique, including catching a fall and lowering

Upload your climbing video here


Classroom Training

Review this online learning module and then complete the written test.

VIEW THE ONLINE COURSE

Written Test due September 17th

TAKE THE TEST NOW


Attend the Discussion

September 21st 10am MT

Be prepared to discuss your experiences with climbers, customers, and colleagues. Sharing our experiences helps to reinforce the learning outcomes for the CWI Course.

Download Activity Plan

JOIN US IN ZOOM


Upload Teaching Video

Due by September 24th

Your teaching video should be no longer than 10 minutes and use the activity plan and learning outcome that you developed during the group discussion. The video illustrates the climber achieving your learning outcome.

Position the camera far enough back to see you and the climber you are teaching. You do not need to move the camera or provide closeups. The climber can be a customer of your gym or a volunteer.

  • Introduce yourself
    • Say your name
    • Say the name of the gym you are in
    • State the learning outcome you will be teaching
  • Demonstrate your teaching ability:
    • Demonstrate your ability to act in a professional manner
    • Demonstrate your management of risk
    • Use a variety of teaching methods: Visual, kinesthetic, auditory, game based, etc.
    • Build on skill; introduce more basic concepts first and only move forward once those concepts are mastered
    • Demonstrate your ability to provide constructive feedback and communicate effectively
    • Assess the climber’s success and achievement of the learning outcome

Upload your teaching video here


Schedule your Exit Interview

Schedule online