Outdoor Adventure and Sports Coaching


Course Title: Single Pitch Climbing Award Training
Course Code: OR054

The Single Pitch Award scheme is for those who are in a position of responsibility during single pitch rock climbing activities. It is primarily concerned with good practice, leading to the safe and quiet enjoyment of the activity. Completion of a training course alone, without passing the assessment course, is not a qualification in itself, although it may be of considerable personal benefit to the trainee.

It is valid throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland (MLTUK National Guidelines 2004) and is recognised by the Adventure Activities Licensing Scheme.

For the purposes of this scheme, a single pitch route is one which:
Is climbed without intermediate stances
Is described as a single pitch in the guidebook
Allows climbers to be lowered to the ground at all times
Is non-tidal, non-serious and has little objective danger
Presents no difficulties on approach or retreat, such as route finding, scrambling or navigating.
The majority of these routes must be in the UK and Ireland.



Mountain Training Single Pitch Award Training

Course Content

The SPA training course will cover the following areas:
Your technical competence (including equipment, anchors, belaying, abseiling, personal climbing skills, background knowledge)
The climbing environment (including access, conservation, etiquette)
Individual supervision (including organisation, group management, supervising the session, personal safety and children and vulnerable persons).

Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Single Pitch Award Handbook and the onus is on you to be competent in all of them by the time you come to assessment.

Entry Requirements

The prerequisites for registration are as follows: 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. Before you book onto a Single Pitch Award training course, make sure you have done the following: You must be registered on the scheme You must have led 15 routes on single pitch crags using leader-placed protection Single Pitch Award training lasts for 2 days and will be run by one of our approved providers in the UK or Ireland.

Next Steps

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.

Career Opportunities

The Single Pitch Award is the essential qualification for all those wishing to lead climbing sessions in the outdoors.