Join the PCIA

Welcome to the Professional Climbing Instructors Association!A base managed top rope course

When you become a member, you receive a quarterly e-newsletter, regional and national opportunities for continuing education and training discounts. As a membership-based organization, we require the support of an active membership to function. Your contributions do make a difference! The PCIA is a non-profit organization chartered in Colorado, with IRS 501c 3 status.

PCIA Membership Levels

General Member

A general membership is open to anyone who has an interest in climbing instruction. All PCIA courses include a one year general membership.

Benefits include:

  • Access to PCIA outdoor climbing instructor courses
  • Subscription to PCIA e-newsletter – On Belay
  • Discount on PCIA continuing education clinics
  • Discount at PCIA educational library
  • Twice a year 25% discount from AlpenglowGear.com (To redeem, email a copy of your current certification to shop@alpenglowgear.com along with a list of the in-stock items requested.)
  • Access to educational resources to prepare for course
  • Support of the advancement of climbing education

Cost - $50.00 annual fee or $99 for a three-year membership

Youth Member

Youth membership is for individuals less than 18 years old. It was established to foster professional involvement by young climbers, particularly those who work in climbing centers.

Benefits include:

  • Access to PCIA outdoor climbing instructor courses
  • Subscription to PCIA e-newsletter – On Belay
  • Discount on PCIA continuing education programs
  • Discount at PCIA educational library
  • Twice a year access to 25% gear discount from AlpenglowGear.com (To redeem, email a copy of your current certification to shop@alpenglowgear.com along with a list of the in-stock items requested.) 
  • Access to educational resources to prepare for course
  • Support of the advancement of climbing education

Cost - $35.00 annual fee

PCIA Certified MemberA top rope course

Any current member who passes a certification exam will automatically be upgraded to Certified Member status.  Certifications are listed below.

  • Climbing Site Belayer
  • Climbing Wall Instructor
  • Top Rope Climbing Instructor
  • Single Pitch Climbing Instructor
  • Lead Climbing Instructor
  • Slope Access Technician

Benefits include all of the benefits of general membership plus:

  • 30% discount at all times through AlpenglowGear.com (To redeem, email a copy of your current certification to shop@alpenglowgear.com along with a list of the in-stock items requested.)
  • Professional purchase discounts from vendor members including: Nemo Equipment and Misty Mountain Threadworks, Petzl, and Big Agnes (email our office for current order forms and access codes).  In addition Black Diamond Equipment and Outdoor Prolink, a professional purchase clearing house for over 50 brands including LaSportiva, Trango, Omega Pacific, Adventure Medical Kits, Mountainsmith, Outdoor Research, Rab, Gregory, MSR, Cascade Designs, Scarpa, Sterling Ropes, Thermarest, Cloudveil, and more) offers discounts by application for members employed using their PCIA certificates.
  • Access to regulated lands (CTRCI and CSPCI) on par with certification level
  • Appropriate use of the PCIA logo 
  • Marketing support from PCIA
  • Option to create mini-website within PCIA.US.org
  • PCIA link to member site on PCIA.US.org

Cost - $50.00 annual fee or $99 for a three-year membership

Provider Membership

The PCIA seeks instructor trainers who are passionate about teaching climbing. We seek individuals who are motivated to share their climbing knowledge, are highly experienced climbers, and have the time and desire to be active participants in the evolution of climbing education. Admission into the instructor trainer program is by application and is governed by the PCIA's Education Committee.

If you have not yet applied, but are an expert in a field of climbing instruction, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Becoming a Course Provider page.

Cost - $100.00 annual fee (includes a Certified Membership)

Supporting Partners

Supporting Partners are individuals, organizations, or corporations who believe in the PCIA mission and want to contribute to climbing education. To view and support our partner level members, please visit the Supporting Partners page.                

Individual Partner - $100 - $199
Bronze Partner $200 –$499
Silver Partner $500 – $999
Gold Partner $1000 – $4999
Platinum Partner $5000 – $9999
Diamond Partner $10,000+

Each supporting partner receives the following benefits:

  • Access to PCIA outdoor climbing instructor courses (individuals only)
  • Subscription to PCIA e-newsletter – On Belay
  • Discount on PCIA continuing education programs
  • Discount at PCIA educational library
  • 30% discount from AlpenglowGear.com (To redeem, email a copy of your current certification to shop@alpenglowgear.com along with a list of the in-stock items requested.)
  • Access to educational resources to prepare for course
  • Recognition with a listing and a link if desired on PciaPro.org
  • Access to PCIA organizational best practices manual
  • Ability to post job openings on PCIA.US.org job site
  • Opportunities to market to PCIA membership via PCIA's website, newsletters and contact list
  • Support of the advancement of climbing education
  • Gold, Platinum and Diamond partners are recognized in each edition of the e-newsletter (On Belay) and featured on PCIA.US.org

Accredited Membership

Accredited members first complete the PCIA's initial accreditation process with a one-time accreditation fee based on the number of the instructing staff.

Organization with 1 – 5 instructing staff       $400.00
Organization with 6 – 10 instructing staff     $800.00
Organization with >10 instructing staff         $1200.00

Accredited Members support the PCIA in subsequent years with a $200 annual contribution.