/ How do I become a certified climbing instructor?
SPA can take a while but if you can commit your life to it then it takes a lot less than 12months. you need to do the training then get so many climbs of grade such and such (cent remember now) or higher in your log book and get them signed off by someone.
but SPA is quickest internationally recognised qualification
VIDEO: Single Pitch Award (SPA)
VIDEO: Mountain Instructor Certificate (MIC)
I may be wrong but I believe the only international climbing instructors award is Guide. I also believe there is a scheme that allows suitably experienced holders of the UK Mountain Instructors Award to obtain a limited European liscence.
See this link for more details of UK mountaineering awards.
You just buy one of these jackets...!
How hard can it be?
Or one of these jackets:
Or would that make you a certifiable instuctor? ;)
As someone else said, you need to be a Guide for that.
If you know or have an idea of which charities you might work for I'd have a word with them. As others have said an SPA will probably help.
Must end, Matron's doin' the rounds and I don't want to miss my medication or suffer another bedbath as he's got blood rough hands!
aye, Andy (MIC)
The fastest way? not too sure that there is a quick fix it depends how hard you work. I may be misteken but on the spa scheme there is a consolodation period between training and assesment, I also believe that they (the spa assesors) like to see some actual intrest in climbing from the candidate which is generally evidenced with a log book over a period of time.
Will take all your comments in and definitely contact the right people.
Hi again. Download the SPA handbook from http://www.mltuk.org/docs/documents/SPAHandbook08.pdf
Page 6 spells the requirements out clearly.
If you've lots of experience then it shouldn't take long at all. I don't know if it's changed nowadays but when I did my SPA I'd already been climbing twenty years and instructing on and off for fifteen of that and it was a only month or so between training and assessment (the soonest I could get on an assessment basically). It's a personal thing, but I do have a slight problem with what happens on outdoor ed courses etc these days with people getting into climbing then rushing to get qualifications without the experience to back it up. To me it should all be about depth/breadth of experience with some new technical skills specific to groups then added on by the courses.
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