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Australian Climbing Instructors Association Courses

The ACIA (www.acia.com.au) is the leading rock climbing instructor qualifying body in Australia and operates in all of the major climbing areas, it was formed through a combining of state associations and currently offers courses in Victoria, NSW, WA and QLD.

Upcoming ACIA courses in Western Australia, for full information on the courses and structure, or to book these courses contact the ACIA office via their website.

  • Top rope guide (TRG) training – 21st, 22nd and 23rd of November (21st, 22nd and 23rd of March)
  • Single pitch guide (SPG) training – 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th November (21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th of March)
  • Multi pitch guide (MPG) training – 28th, 29th, 30th November (26th, 27th and 29th of March)
  • Climbing Instructor (CI) training – programmed on demand

Assessment dates and further training dates will be programmed to take place in 2018 and 2019.

The emphasis of the scheme is on providing opportunities for training and qualification and an incentive for instructors to increase their experience and abilities. The association tries to avoid being overly prescriptive in its approach, believing that the development of good judgment in all aspects of climbing is of primary importance.

Each qualification level involves – required prerequisite experience, attendance on the training course, consolidation time, then attendance on an assessment course.  A progressive qualification structure is provided to enable guides and instructors to continually develop. A brief outline of each level is provided below (full details can be found on the ACIA website).

Top Rope Guide (TRG) – The scheme can be entered at this level, TRG is a foundation level qualification that covers the skills required to look after participants in top rope climbing and abseil environments, participants on the TRG courses should be active climbers (though there is no requirement to lead climb) and should be familiar with traditional gear and placement through seconding routes.

Single Pitch Guide (SPG) – The scheme can be entered at this level by those who are experienced and competent at climbing and lead climbing using traditional leader placed protection, the SPG qualification covers the skills required to lead participants in all aspects of single pitch climbing / abseil environments, including guiding participants on routes whilst leading on placed protection.

Multi Pitch Guide (MPG) – Participants on MPG courses must have progressed through the previous levels, they need to be personally experienced and competent at leading multi pitch routes on leader placed protection. The MPG qualification covers the skills required to lead participants in multi pitch climbing / abseil environments, including guiding participants on multi pitch routes whilst leading on placed protection.

Climbing Instructor (CI) – Participants on CI courses must have progressed through the previous levels, they need to have significant broad personal climbing experience and professional experience at SPG and MPG level. The CI qualification covers the skills to teach and instruct all aspects of rock climbing / abseil activities including teaching trad lead climbing, climbing coaching / movement, multi pitch climbing, complex rescue scenarios etc.