Single-Pitch Guide (SPG) Assessment

Assuming the candidate already holds a current TCIA TRA qualification, assessment requires a further half-day session to lead a client on a single pitch climb using artificial gear (nuts, cams etc). For SPGs it will be necessary to demonstrate proficient use of artificial gear and assisted belay devices/belay plates in guide mode (e.g. ATC guide; Petzl Gri Gri).

Candidates are expected to:

  • Keep themselves and their clients safe at all times
  • Demonstrate a well engrained safety check and briefing procedures for single-pitch guiding
  • Offer a quality experience to their clients
  • Be proficient at responding to any emergency situation that may arise
  • Be competent at guiding clients on single-pitch trad route (with easy access to the top and bottom of the climb) using artificial protection such as wires and cams

Assessment cost is $245. Additional assessment time and costs will be applicable if the candidate does not currently hold a TCIA TRA qualification.

To apply for assessment:

1. Fill in an expression of interest and contact the Secretary.

2. Candidates are also required to formally apply to the TCIA in order to prove their suitability for assessment. Please complete the application form and post it along with a copy of your log and $100 TCIA membership to the membership secretary at least 1 month prior to assessment.

Remember to include:

  • Contact details of two referees who are happy to comment on your suitability for assessment.
  • A log book demonstrating you have assisted instructing abseiling/top roping on at least 4 different occasions and that you have climbed > 25 traditional climbs.
  • $100 membership to the TCIA (valid for 2 years).

3. Candidates are required to organise a client who will be used for assessment.

Course Dates:

Consult the Training Calendar for the next SPG Assessment dates: they are in general the set seasonal weekends. Extra dates will be scheduled as required.

Extra Information:

The following information will help candidates get a feel for the nature of the assessment: