Accreditation

The TCIA has 5 levels of accreditation for qualified instructors which are split into two streams – representing the indoor and outdoor environments. These are Indoor Climbing Guide (ICG), Abseil Guide (AG) – formerly known as BAI, Top Rope Guide (TRG) – formerly known as TRA, Single Pitch Guide (SPG) and Multi Pitch Guide (MPG).

ICG is a qualification in its own stream, in recognition of the specific skills and knowledge required to operate safely in the indoor climbing environment.

The outdoor climbing qualifications of AG, TRG, SPG and MPG build on the skills and knowledge of the levels before them, and as such, a prospective TCIA guide/instructor must be assessed at each level prior to moving to the next qualification.

  • Indoor Climbing Guide (ICG)
    • Can run indoor climbing wall sessions only
    • Cannot run outdoor abseiling or climbing sessions without additional qualifications
  • ¬†Abseiling Guide (AG) [formerly 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 run top rope climbing or indoor climbing wall sessions
  • Top Rope Guide (TRG) [formerly TRA]
    • Can run abseiling and top rope climbing sessions using fixed, natural and artificial protection
    • Cannot run indoor climbing wall sessions without ICG qualification
    • Cannot guide single-pitch or 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 suitable easy access to the top and bottom of the cliff. White Water Wall is not considered a single pitch.
    • Cannot run indoor climbing wall sessions without ICG qualification
    • 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 guide on multi-pitch climbs and multi-pitch abseil descents
    • Cannot run indoor climbing wall sessions without ICG qualification

NOTE: Instructors previously qualified at the TRG/SPG/MPG level may have been considered to be allowed to run indoor climbing sessions. This is no longer the case. All guides/instructors working in the indoor climbing environment should hold the ICG qualifciation in addition to their outdoor qualification.