Indoor climbing is huge. In fact, it’s quite common to find gym members who have held cards for years and never been on belay on real rock. And that’s fine. It’s a great sport and gets a lot of people off of the couch.
Because of the intense growth and success of indoor climbing gyms around the country, the Climbing Wall Association has announced a new certification program to formally educate aspiring gym managers and instructors. The press release says this:
“The goal of the certification program is to establish to a voluntary set of standards for technical skills and instruction and to train instructors worldwide. The certification standards represent a consensus view of the minimum qualifications necessary for climbing wall instructors. In the hope of providing access to the greatest number of instructors possible, the program will not require certificants to maintain individual memberships in the trade association. The program was designed to be integrated into existing staff training programs and is cost effective.”