Bridge the Gap between the SPA and RCI

Our 'Bridging the gap between SPA and RCI' workshops are one day update and training sessions for people who have completed their Single Pitch Award training and wish to become familiar with the new aspects of the Rock Climbing Instructor syllabus prior to assessment, or for those assessed under the SPA to update their skills in line with the RCI syllabus.

Update and refresh your skills, revisit particular aspects of the scheme and share good practice under the supervision of an approved Mountain Training course director.


Non-member workshop price: £65

Exclusive MTA member workshop price: £50 (save £15!)
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Workshop content

  • Group management and set ups – revision of top and bottom roping systems.
  • Supervising an assistant - Roles and scope of an assistant, opportunities and liabilities, briefing and supervision
  • Warm up exercises, relevant for a climbing session
  • Teaching skills - Effective communications, Teaching methods – IDEAS, EDICT etc, Progressive reviewing and feedback.
  • Clarification of problem solving.
  • Bouldering – Group management, spotting, exercises and skills practise.
  • Sports climbing, understanding the differences, grades and lower offs.
  • Techniques for lowering off sports climbs.
  • Include general refresher of current syllabus skills if time allows.

Workshop content may vary slightly depending on whether the session is being held indoors or outside

Workshop dates and locations


Sun 30th Sept - Auchinstarry Quarry - Hosted by Al Halewood

Tues 2nd October - Auchinstarry Quarry - Hosted by Al Halewood

Fri 12th October - Glasgow Climbing Centre - Hosted by Al Halewood

North East England:

Sat 29th September - Outdoors - Hosted by Nick Pilling

Lake District:

Fri 26th October - Langdale - Hosted by Chris Ensoll


Mon 1st October - Awesome Walls Sheffield, Hosted by Dan Mckinlay

Sat 27th October- Outdoors, Hathersage - Hosted by Dan Mckinlay

North Wales:

Sat 29th September - Outdoors - Hosted by Paul Poole

Sun 28th October- Outdoors - Hosted by Bryn Williams

South West:

Sat 20th October - Redpoint climbing wall - Hosted by Mark Garland

Bridge the Gap