CWA Climbing Wall Instructor Certification

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***NOTE: Your booking date will be the first day of your two consecutive day program.

As indoor climbing has grown in popularity, so has the need for international industry standards in climbing wall instruction and management. The Climbing Wall Association (CWA) was created to meet this need in the United States and these standards are expanding internationally. CMRCA is excited to provide CWA’s Climbing Wall Instructor Certification Program in Thailand and throughout Asia.

The CWI certification program requires two days and focuses on education, review and skills evaluation of individual candidates using consensus performance standards developed by leading professionals in the field of climbing sports which have been subjected to public review. Certification standards are intended to address the minimum criteria a candidate should meet to be able to comply with prevailing industry practices and standards of care.

The CWA Climbing Wall Instructor Certification Course will address the basic technical skills necessary to participate in an instructional program at a climbing facility, and will address the following general topic areas:

  • equipment and facility inspection
  • client orientation and instruction
  • teaching top rope skills
  • teaching lead skills (optional)
  • bouldering and spotting
  • emergency procedures
Participants in a CWI top rope or lead course must meet one of the following criteria at minimum:
  • One year personal climbing experience
  • Minimum 20 outings climbing indoors and/or outdoors
  • Combination of formal training and climbing experience of 40 hours.
The certification is offered at two levels – Top Rope and Lead. The content of the course is similar, but the pre-requisites and assessment differ between these two certifications as follows:
Top Rope – THB 8,950
  • The candidate can climb 5.8 (5b) top rope demonstrating calm, confidence, and good position without falls.
Lead – THB 12,000
  • The candidate can climb 5.7 lead demonstrating calm, confidence and good position without z-clips, back clips, or falls.
Required Equipment
  • Harness
  • Belay Device (i.e. ATC)
  • Assisted breaking device (i.e GriGri)
  • Climbing shoes
  • Chalk bag
  • Printed or electronic copy of the manual
  • Pen and Note Pad

**All equipment may be purchased at a discount from the CMRCA Adventure Store.  Shop Online Here!

Upcoming Courses: 

20-21 September 2018 (Urban Playground Climbing Gym, Bangkok)

27-28 September 2018 (No Gravity Climbing Gym, Chiang Mai)


The Climbing Wall Instructor (CWI) is currently being offered to private groups throughout Asia and open-enrollment courses in Chiang Mai and Bangkok. Contact us at to book a private group course or to learn about open enrollment courses in your region.
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TestimonialsHear from our past adventurers

Safe, highly trained, lead climbing experience

I had two days of private guiding and instruction for lead and multi-pitch climbing. I have done it before, but not often enough to feel comfortable going on my own. My guide, Gee, was very thorough and knowledgeable about mountaineering and multi-pitch climbing. He was very safe and he executed proper technique with his anchor and rope settings. While this group costs more than the competitors group, I was able to observe Gee’s technique against the other outfits guides and Gee was much safer and practiced under the Colorado Mountain School (US) standards. On the final day, I was able to complete a 4 pitch climb to the top of Crazy Horse. It was a great two days and I recommend this to those who want to climb and to improve their skills. Thanks CMRCA and Gee!

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CMRCA is the best!

I can say that going out to Crazy Horse Was by far one of the highlights of my trip. Ooan was a spectacular guide! We felt safe the entire time. He was knowledgeable and helpful. The Caving was beautiful, challenging(in a good way), and so much fun! I would highly recommend this company and the services they provide!

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Safe, professional and fun

Completed the multi-pitch intro with CMRCA at Crazy Horse and had a great time. My instructor, Add Konsingh was excellent at explaining the techniques and giving professional tips on anchors. I learned a lot in a couple of days and had a lot of fun in the process. Crazy Horse is a great location to do a climbing course and CMRCA have great guides.

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Intro to Caving was great!

My friend and I (two Americans in our early 30s) took the Intro to Caving class, and it was great. Our group was only three travelers and two guides, Ooan and Bo. Ooan and Bo were very professional and overall very nice guys with a lot of patience. The three of us felt very safe knowing that we were in good hands with the guides and the equipment. What a cool thing to do while in Chiang Mai! The cave was amazing! There a few climbs/repels/walks at the beginning of the cave before the big drop into the main part, which was quite a ways down! (You need to save your energy for the way back up!) Once in the main part of the cave, we ate lunch and took our time exploring the different formations – our adventurous buddy from Germany took a walk with one of the guides through some water to a different part of the cave where she saw millipedes and interesting spiders. Learning and using the equipment was a lot of fun. Be prepared to get a massage afterwards!

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“fun adventure, great company”

My caving trip with CMRCA was the best thing I did in Chiang Mai! The trip was well- organized, and allows you to see some incredible sights deep in the earth. Cannot say enough about the staff; the trip is led warm, knowledgable and safety oriented instructors who are passionate about the sport. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone, especially those who concerned with spending their money with companies who are socially and environmentally responsible- as this is a far departure from your regular tourist operation. Definitely worth checking out!!

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