Accreditation

The TCIA has 5 levels of accreditation for qualified instructors. These are Indoor Climbing Guide (ICG), Basic Abseil Instructor (BAI), Top Rope and Abseil (TRA), Single Pitch Guide (SPG) and Multi Pitch Guide (MPG). As per the below flow chart, BAI, TRA, SPG and MPG build on the levels before, while ICG is qualification in its own stream.

Hierarchy of TCIA accreditation

  • Indoor Climbing Guide (ICG)
    • Can run indoor climbing wall sessions
    • Cannot instruct outdoor abseiling or climbing sessions
  • Basic Abseiling Instructor (BAI)
    • Can run abseiling sessions using fixed protection such as trees, boulders, fixed bolts and in-situ anchors
    • Cannot run abseiling sessions using artificial protection
    • Cannot instruct top rope climbing or indoor climbing wall sessions
  • Top Rope Abseiling Instructor (TRA)
    • Can run abseiling and top rope climbing sessions using fixed, natural and artificial protection
    • Can run indoor climbing wall sessions
    • Cannot guide multi-pitch climbs or multi-pitch abseil descents
  • Single Pitch Guide (SPG)
    • Can run abseiling and top rope climbing sessions using fixed, natural and artificial protection
    • Can guide single-pitch climbs where there is safe walking access to the top and bottom of the cliff. White Water Wall is not a single pitch.
    • Can run indoor climbing wall sessions
    • Cannot guide multi-pitch climbs or multi-pitch abseil descents
  • Multi Pitch Guide (MPG)
    • Can run abseiling and top rope climbing sessions using fixed, natural and artificial protection
    • Can run indoor climbing wall sessions
    • Can guide on multi-pitch climbs and multi-pitch abseil descents