SINGLE PITCH AWARD INFO


The Single Pitch Award is designed for people who want to lead single pitch climbing and abseiling sessions on natural crags or artificial climbing walls in the UK and Ireland.

Course Director

All courses must be delivered by an approved course director. For course director responsibilities please see the Quality Manual area.

Scope of the award

For the purposes of the scheme, a single pitch route is one which:
  • is climbed without intermediate stances.
  • is described as a single pitch in the guidebook.
  • allows climbers to be lowered to the ground at all times.
  • is non-tidal, non-serious and has little objective danger.
  • presents no difficulties on approach or retreat, such as route finding, scrambling or navigating.

Candidate Registration Requirements

  • At least 18 years old.
  • A year’s worth of rock climbing experience.
  • An interest in leading rock climbing groups.

TRAINING COURSE

Candidate Requirements

  • Registered on the scheme.
  • Have led at least 15 graded rock climbs outdoors on routes where the protection is leader placed.

Minimum Course Duration

  • 20 hours.
  • Delivered in a 2 day programme.

Group Size

  • 4 candidates minimum.
  • 8 candidates maximum.

Staffing Ratio

  • 1 staff : 4 candidates.

Additional Course Staff Award

Single Pitch Award or higher. Please see course staff requirements in the Quality Manual area for further guidance.

ASSESSMENT COURSE

Candidate Requirements

  • Attended a Single Pitch Award training course (or have been granted exemption)
  • Be familiar with the syllabus.
  • Have led at least 40 graded rock climbs outdoors at a variety of crags on routes where the protection is leader placed.
  • Have assisted in the supervision of 20 sessions at a variety of locations; a session is a half day or evening. These sessions can be indoors or outdoors
  • Hold a current first aid certificate, minimum 16 hours and relevant to the work of a Single Pitch Award holder.
  • It is not essential for candidates to hold a reference to complete the assessment.

Minimum Course Duration

  • 20 hours.
  • Delivered in a 2 day programme.

Group Size

  • 2 candidates minimum.
  • 8 candidates maximum.

Staffing Ratio

  • 1 staff : 4 candidates.

Additional Course Staff Award

Mountaineering Instructor Award or higher. Please see Course Staff Requirements in the Quality Manual area for further guidance.


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