Rock Climbing Instructor Training Course

Formerly the Single Pitch Award (SPA), the Rock Climbing Instructor Award (RCI) allows experienced climbers to begin their training towards becoming competent Instructors.

The remit of the award allows RCI holders to work on single pitch crags, indoor climbing walls and artificial climbing structures in Ireland and the UK.

The scope of Rock Climbing Instructor training covers personal climbing, safe group management, crag etiquette, environmental responsibilities and more. Candidates will learn how to become an effective supervisor, encouraging others to enjoy climbing safely, whilst also improving their own climbing skills.

I provide the RCI Training course on behalf of the Mountain Training Board Ireland and it is run in accordance with their syllabus and guidelines.


Registering for the Rock Climbing Instructor:

  • You must be registered on the scheme.
  • You must have an up to date logbook (preferably DLOG) with evidence of the following:
  • 15 lead routes which must be graded rock climbs with traditional protection.
  • 15 led routes at a climbing wall.
  • 5 lead routes which must be outdoor bolt protected sport climbs.

Download a copy of the RCI handbook here

Ratio: Min: 2:1, max 4:1 ratio. Bigger groups can be catered for, please contact me to discuss on or 086-3807756

Cost: €250 euro, includes entry to climbing wall.

upcoming dates:

RCI Training (2 day outdoor only) – The Burren – 15th/16th May 2024 (2 spaces)

RCI Assessment – The Burren – 25th/26th June 2024 (Spaces) 



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