Single Pitch Award (SPA)

SPA Training Course

A two day training course based on the SPA syllabus. You must be registered on the Single Pitch Award scheme with Mountain Training prior to attending this course and have the required experience.

Cost: £140 (climbing wall entry included)

Dates:  January 27/28,  March 24/25 – More dates post April will be up in due course, but will be 3 days long and cost more. 

SPA Assessment

A 2 day assessment course looking at all aspects of the SPA syllabus. Candidates must have attended a Training course (or been granted exemption), be able to lead Severe grade climbs with confidence and hold a valid first aid certificate, as well as have the personal and group experience required. If you’re ready, book on and start your outdoor career!

Cost: £140  (climbing wall entry included)

Dates: 2018 Dates posted soon!

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We are a Mountain Training Provider for the SPA scheme

“This award is all about supervising safe climbing and abseiling sessions on single pitch crags. Whether you’re a parent, a volunteer or an outdoor centre instructor, the Single Pitch Award (SPA) has been designed to maintain high standards of supervision so that people can enjoy safe sessions in this increasingly popular sport.” From the Mountain Training website.

The scheme consists of several stages:


  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You should have at least 12 months of rock climbing experience
  • You should have an interest in supervising novice climbing groups


Training Course

  • You must be registered on the scheme
  • You must have led 15 routes on single pitch crags using leader-placed protection

Consolidation Period

“The period between training and assessment varies in length for each person and is an opportunity to develop your skills, paying particular attention to any weaknesses identified during the training course. So go climbing and use your enthusiasm to hone your skills for as long as you like.”


  • You must have attended a Single Pitch Award training course or been granted exemption
  • You must have logged a minimum of 40 lead climbs, outdoors on leader-placed protection (a substantial number of these must be at least Severe grade at on a variety of rock types)
  • You must be proficient in the use of climbing walls
  • You must have assisted in the supervision of approximately 20 instructed sessions at a variety of locations, some outside and some inside (a session is a half day or evening)
  • You must hold a current first aid certificate, minimum 16 hours and relevant to your work as a Single Pitch Award holder

More information, and the SPA syllabus can be found on the Mountain Training website…

We also offer SPA refresher courses and SPA re-assessments, get in touch for more info or to create your own bespoke course.

Ella leading during the SPA training this weekend in Pembrokeshire

Leading during an SPA training in Pembrokeshire

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