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Membership Assistance Program

For a limited time your membership to the CWA is FREE with our Membership Assistance Program


We are excited to announce the launch of our Membership Assistance Program: one free year of CWA membership for every climbing gym in the world.


As we face the challenges ahead, our community needs to be united now more than ever. 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.


Through the Membership Assistance Program, we’re removing all barriers to membership in order to preserve the strongest possible community of indoor climbing businesses. Join us on the journey back to thriving operations!


When you’re ready to join, follow these simple steps:

  1. Pick your username.
  2. Enter your contact and member information.
  3. On the Membership Dues screen, enter the number of additional locations you have.
  4. Enter the promo code MembershipAssist if you’d like to take advantage of a free membership.
  5. Verify your billing details and click “Submit”.
  6. Make any partial payments or contributions you wish to our COVID-19 fund.



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.


In order to support indoor climbing gyms during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently offering a Membership Assistance Program. This allows you a 1 year membership with the CWA for free. You can use the promo code MembershipAssist when joining to have all dues waived, including any additional locations. This offer will be available until December 31, 2020.


If you are able to contribute your full dues, you do not have to use this promo code. If you would like to pay partial dues, you will be prompted at the end of the renewal process to contribute to our COVID-19 fund, which helps support the Membership Assistance Program and the CWA's lobbying and advocacy work.


When you are ready to join just:

  1. Pick your username
  2. Enter your contact and member information
  3. On the Membership Dues screen enter the number of additional locations you have
  4. Enter the promo code MembershipAssist if you are taking advantage of a free membership
  5. Verify your billing details and click on "Submit"
  6. Make any partial payments or contributions you wish to our COVID-19 fund.

If you need any assistance accessing your free membership, or if you have any questions please email us at


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 upcoming 2019 Indoor Climbing Industry Report



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

*New members receive a publication of their choice. 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!




Thank you to the Sponsors of the
Membership Assistance Program

Summit Level Sponsors

Lead Sponsors

Top Rope Sponsors

Anchor Sponsors

Sender Sponsors

Basecamp Sponsors

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