award-single-pitchSingle pitch award (SPA)

The single pitch award trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to supervise climbers on single pitch crags or climbing walls. Candidates will acquire a level of basic competence to be able to assume a position of responsibility during rock climbing activities, where there is little objective danger. Common activities undertaken by a single pitch award holder are roped climbing and bouldering. It does not include the skills and techniques required to teach lead climbing. The Single Pitch Award is primarily concerned with good practice, leading to the safe and quiet enjoyment of the activity. Minimum requirements for SPA are:

  • A genuine interest in rock climbing and the supervision of groups
    At least 12 months rock climbing experience
    Minimum age 18 years
    Individual or club member of a Mountaineering Council
    Registration with ‘Mountain-Training’

For further details refer to the Mountain Training website

Closed courses can be arranged for groups of four people or more for training and two people or more for assessment. Please contact the office for more details.

What you should know

Name: SPA (Single Pitch Award)

Purpose: Training and assessment courses for those who wish to instruct rock climbing at single pitch venues.


Check with relevant home nations national governing body.

MLTE- England

MLTW- Wales

Venues: A variety of local crags will be visited in addition to a local climbing wall.