Welcome to the Professional Climbing Instructors' Association

Excellence through education!

Welcome to the Professional Climbing Instructors' Association! The PCIA is a non-profit organization focused on providing quality education and instruction for new and existing climbing instructors who primarily teach basic skills and/or facilitate climbing experiences. In addition, the PCIA Accreditation Program helps assure land managers, insurance providers and the public that employees of PCIA accredited schools have been peer reviewed and demonstrate core competencies appropriate to the climbing venue.  Read more...

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When you become a member you receive a quarterly e-newsletter, regional and national opportunities for continuing education and training discounts for members. Your membership also assists in the development and maintenance of standards, courses and curricula. A current membership is granted when you take any of our courses and is good for a year.

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Course Schedule

We have a regular slate of courses, taught by expert PCIA Course Providers, available year 'round and around the U.S. and internationally. Our courses include the very popular Climbing Wall Instructor course, for those who teach in climbing gym facilities and the like, and the Base Managed Climbing Instructor program, designed for those who teach in the outdoor top rope climbing setting.

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