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), Basic Abseil Instructor (BAI), Top Rope and Abseil (TRA), Single Pitch Guide (SPG) and Multi Pitch Guide (MPG).

The outdoor climbing qualifications of BAI, TRA, SPG and MPG build on the skills and knowledge of the levels before them (see the list below for an overview of these).

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.

Hierarchy of TCIA accreditation

  • Indoor Climbing Guide (ICG)
    • Can run indoor climbing wall sessions only
    • 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
    • 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 safe walking access to the top and bottom of the cliff. White Water Wall is not 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 TRA/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.