Reciprocity and Challenges

Certification Reciprocity

The PCIA recognizes that there are many sources of information available to the climbing public and desires to include anyone who has received formal training and evaluation that is on par with PCIA standards.
• ACMG Climbing Wall Instructor Certification - Any person possessing a current Climbing Wall Instructor certification / Climbing Gym Instructor certification from the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides may join the PCIA as a certified member and receive a reciprocal PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor certification. Persons holding other certifications will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
• AMGA Top Rope Site Manager Certification - Any person possessing a current AMGA Top Rope Site Manager Certification may join the PCIA as a certified member and receive a reciprocal PCIA Top Managed Climbing Instructor certification. Any person holding other similar certifications will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
• Single Pitch Instructor Certification - The PCIA Single Pitch Certification is a comprehensive instructor training program and reciprocity requests are handled on a case by case basis. A likely candidate to receive reciprocal certification would be an AMGA or BMC Single Pitch instructor who can show additional educational training and/or field experience in the Single Pitch environment.

Exam Challenges

An individual who meets certain prerequisites is allowed to challenge any PCIA certification. They are allowed only one challenge attempt. Persons who challenge any exam unsuccessfully will be required to take courses or additional exams as recommended by the examiner in order to achieve certification.
Climbing Wall Instructor Certification Challenge
The climbing wall instructor certification may be challenged one time. Climbing wall managers and instructors with greater than two years of experience working a minimum of 50 days a year in an artificial wall setting may challenge the exam portion of the course.

Base Managed Climbing Instructor Certification Challenge

Experienced providers who can provide evidence of formalized instruction in climbing management and significant field experience are allowed one attempt to challenge the exam. Candidates will be required to take a one day exam that assesses the core skills of base instruction as well as educational delivery. The requirements for exam challenges are: Previous completion of the AMGA Top Rope Site Manager Course but certification has lapsed or exam was not taken, or Greater than 3 years experience of working at least 40 days per year of managing rock or ice climbing sites. These sites should include a diversity of areas that include both natural and artificial anchors, or An individual may petition the PCIA to be allowed to challenge the exam based on a resume showing significant experience and evidence of formalized instruction. (ie. An individual with several years of personal climbing background who instructs rock climbing 10 – 20 days per year and has taken at least seven days of formalized technical courses through highly recognized providers).

Top Managed Climbing Instructor Certification Challenges

The Top Managed Climbing Instructor Certification may be challenged. Experienced providers who can provide evidence of formalized instruction in climbing management and significant field experience are allowed one attempt to challenge. Candidates will be required to take a one day exam that assesses the core skills of base and top managed instruction as well as educational delivery. The requirements for exam challenges are: Previous completion of the AMGA Top Rope Site Manager Course but certification has lapsed or exam was not taken, or Greater than 3 years experience of working at least 40 days per year of managing rock or ice climbing sites. These sites should include a diversity of areas that include top and base managed sites that utilize both natural and artificial anchors, or An individual may petition the PCIA to be allowed to challenge the exam based on a resume showing significant experience and evidence of formalized instruction. (ie. An individual with several years of personal climbing background who instructs rock climbing 20 – 30 days per year and has taken at least seven days of formalized technical courses through recognized providers).