The SPI Assessment can be taken directly following the SPI Course if the candidate successfully completed the course and meets the Assessment pre-requisites. However, it is highly recommended that the SPI Course candidate takes time practicing and consolidating the skills learned on the course before assessment (6-12 months).
You meet the SPI Assessment Pre-requisites if:
1. You have successfully completed an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course or AMGA Top Rope Site Manager Course.
2. You have trad lead climbed a minimum of 40 rock climbing routes. A large number of these should be at 5.6 grade and hopefully on a variety of rock types.
3. You are capable of comfortably lead climbing 5.6 traditional routes (leader placing protection). You will demonstrate your leading ability on a variety of routes on the assessment.
4. You are capable of comfortably climbing 5.8 while on top rope.
• UIAA/CE approved Climbing Helmet
• UIAA/CE approved Climbing Harness with belay loop
• Climbing shoes or approach shoes in which you can climb up to 5.7
• Standard “lead climbing rack” such as, stoppers/nuts, SLCD’s, tri-cams, etc.
• Assorted 24” and 48” runners (must have one 48” runner)
• 10 or more non-locking carabiners
• 3 or more “HMS/Pearbiners”
• 6 or more locking carabiners, (the more, the better)
• Belay/rappel device, such as the “Reverso”, “ATC”, etc.
• Releasable locking belay device, such as the Petzl “GriGri” or Trango “Cinch” belay devices
• 2 Prussic loops (1m of 5mm Nylon Accessory Cord)
• 2 cordelettes (5m of 7mm Nylon Accessory Cord)
• One 50-60m “single” rope (9.5-10.5mm) suitable for leading and top roping
• One static or “semi static” (gym line) rope 10-11mm, 30m+, for setting up anchors and fixed lines
All gear will be inspected on the first morning of the course and is expected to be in good condition. Mark all of your gear!