Climbing Gym Instructor

Climbing Gym Instructors (CGI) work on climbing structures both indoors and outdoors.

Many climbing centres in Western Canada use certified ACMG instructors to teach and supervise their climbing programs.

  • Level 1 CGI: Teaches introductory sessions and basic top-roping courses.
  • Level 2 CGI: Teaches and coaches lead climbing courses and intermediate movement skills.
  • Level 3 CGI: Works on developing instructional courses and instructing and assessing climbing gym instructor courses.
How to Apply

Prerequisites

Level 1 Climbing Gym Instructor
  • You must be 18 (19 in BC) years of age.
    • Note: Underage candidates will be considered for the program (minumum 16 years of age) however applicants must use the Underage Application package found in 'Application Info'.
  • Proof of a current Standard First Aid and CPR course
  • A letter of recommendation from a facility operator, ACMG Level 2 or 3 CGI, or ACMG Guide which confirms you:
    • Have 2 years climbing experience (include total number of days climbed).
    • Top rope 5.10 and lead 5.9 on artificial structures.
    • Have climbed in at least 2 different facilities.
    • Have observed or shadowed 8 hrs of climbing instruction where top rope (harness and belay skills) and movement skills were taught. This is exposure to instructional styles, content and presentation to be more comfortable and prepared with the content and expectations of the CGI 1 program.
Level 2 Climbing Gym Instructor
  • You must have a Level 1 Climbing Gym Instructor Certificate.
  • Proof of a current Standard First Aid course and CPR certificate
  • A letter of recommendation from a facility operator, ACMG Level 3 CGI, or ACMG Guide which confirms:
    • You flash 5.10+ on artificial structures or rock
    • You assisted on several advanced movement and lead climbing courses
    • Thirty hours of instruction work (after Level 1 certification)
    • Outdoor rock experience including your top 10 sport climbing flashes on rock

Climbing gym chart

Prerequisites
 
Standard first aid
 
Climbing Gym Instructor
Level 1
 
Climbing Gym Instructor
Level 2
 
Climbing Gym Instructor
Level 3