The Climbing Wall Association, Inc. (CWA) is the standard setting organization for the Climbing Wall Instructor Certification Program. The CWA the maintains a policy document regarding the governance of the program, the consensus standards, a standard curriculum document, a standard assessment instrument and an evaluation for the certification course and provider to be completed by the candidate seeking certification. In order to be a certification program provider, you must apply, be accepted, abide by the program policies and curriculum and maintain your CWA membership.
The CWA Certification Program is designed to promote industry self-regulation and assist owner/operators of climbing facilities in training staff to a minimum, consistent standard of care. The curriculum can be easily integrated into existing staff training and professional development programs. The CWA Certification program may not cover all necessary topics required at a particular company, program or facility. However, the program should address the basic technical competencies for climbing wall instructors regardless of venue. The primary governing document for the program is the program policy manual which discusses the structure and functioning of the program and the responsibilities of the providers.
Any person meeting the pre-requisites to become a CWI certification program provider, and who maintains appropriate membership status, may stand as a candidate for certification to be a provider and is encouraged to apply. Eligibility is determined based upon review of an application, a current résumé or curriculum vitae, references, completion of a provider course, and willingness to complete an attestation and agreement. An interview may also be required.
Prerequisites for CWI Certification program provider include:
- 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 résumé or other document showing a minimum of 200 hours of work experience as a climbing instructor, showing expertise in indoor climbing settings.
- Climbing ability: 5.9 top rope and 5.8 lead on artificial structures.
- Current CWA Certified Climbing Wall Instructor.* (See Below)
- Two non-related professional references, including contact information and phone number.
- A signed agreement and attestation on file.
- 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 or guide, or other certification will be considered as evidence of qualification.
The CWA Certification Standards Committee approves all new applicants to the provider pool and maintains a list of approved providers.
If you have any questions, please contact Daniel Jeanette at the CWA - 720-838-8284