Professional Climbing Instructors Association (PCIA) Instructor Courses
PCIA courses focus on providing quality education and instruction for new and existing climbing instructors who teach basic skills and/or facilitate climbing experiences. Our instructional programs recognize the important differences and similarities that exist between climbing instruction that occurs on artificial structures, base managed, top managed and single pitch climbing sites. By providing a more consistent, standardized approach to entry level climbing instruction, the PCIA hopes to improve the safety and enjoyment of climbing for all participants.
THE CORE CURRICULUM
PCIA BASE MANAGED CLIMBING INSTRUCTOR (BMCI)
The Base Managed Climbing Instructor™ course (BMCI) provides instructors and potential instructors with an in depth and standardized understanding of the skills essential to teaching climbing in an outdoor setting. The emphasis is on refining core skills and improving educational delivery of material.
The thirty hour course builds upon the existing skills of competent recreational climbers taking an in depth look at site selection, equipment, knot selection, anchor construction, rope systems, Leave No Trace practices, rescue and assistance skills as well as key instructional skills. Upon completion of all course components participants are considered PCIA Assistant Instructors.
Assistant Instructors may elect to take the certification exam to achieve Base Managed Climbing Instructor™ Certification. The one day examination stresses efficient site and gear utilization, client and instructor safety, site management and educational delivery. The exam may be taken any time after completing all course components.
- This course may be taken as stand-alone course or coupled together during the SPRING BREAK CERTIFICATION EXAM with the:
- One day Top Managed Climbing Instructor (TMCI) Module
- Two day Single Pitch Climbing Instructor (SPCI) Module
- You are currently at least age 18.
- The candidate must show an adequate experience level to the course provider illustrating that they are ready for the course.
- Examples include regular climbing for 2 – 3 years, a high intensity of climbing in the past few months, etc.
- You are able to comfortably set-up base managed climbs, to belay, and to rappel without guidance and can demonstrate detailed familiarity with anchoring principles, natural anchors and artificial anchors (wedges, hexes, passive and active cams). These skills may be assessed at the start of the course.
- You possess the personal equipment necessary for the course.
- You are capable of comfortably climbing 5.8 terrain while on a top rope.
- Lead climbing experience is highly recommended but not required.
SPCI Module Prerequisites
- 2-3 years of traditional lead climbing on routes up to 5.6