Single Pitch Award (SPA) Assessment

Price: £145.00 Per Person (inc VAT)

Location: Peak District

Duration: 2 Days

Ratio: 1:4

Availability: There are places remaining on this course



The Single Pitch Award is about supervising safe climbing and abseiling sessions on non-remote, single pitch crags. The SPA has been designed to prove competence in the supervision of safe and effective climbing sessions.


Mountain Training England provider Adventure Unlimited in conjunction with Pure Outdoor is offering the opportunity to participate in a SPA Assessment course based from Pure Outdoor HQ. The scheme is open to all climbers who are at least eighteen years of age and interested in introducing people to the sport of rock climbing.


The two-day Single Pitch Award Assessment course is based in the Peak District and assesses competence in all aspects of the SPA syllabus. 


Candidates must ensure that they have fulfilled all prerequisites of the course and are expected to provide their own personal climbing equipment.


Stages in the Single Pitch Award Scheme


1. Gain personal rock climbing experience. This should amount to at least fifteen lead climbs on traditionally protected routes.

2. Register for the SPA scheme with Mountain Training. In order to do this you will need to be a current British Mountaineering Council (BMC) member. Registering for the scheme will give you access to a digital logbook where you can record your rock climbing experience.

3. Attend a Single Pitch Award Training course.

4. Consolidate experience between training and assessment courses.

5. Attend a Single Pitch Award Assessment course.


About the Single Pitch Award


This award trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to supervise climbers on single pitch crags and climbing walls. Common activities undertaken by an SPA holder will be roped climbing and bouldering. The SPA does not include the skills and techniques required to teach lead climbing.


Single Pitch Award Video



Course Handbook



Download the SPA Handbook 


Final Payments and Course Information

Upon booking online, the course director will email you directly within 7 days. Arrangements for final balances are also made at this point.


VAT on NGB Courses

As we work in partnership with a third party company on these courses the price is shown as including VAT above, however there is only VAT to pay on the portion that is paid to us so 20% VAT within the deposit price shown above.


Prior to attending this course candidates must:


Equipment Required:

Clothing for an outdoor crag session including, wet weather gear. Harness, helmet and rock boots. Rack if you have one and a “single" climbing rope suitable for lead climbing or half ropes if that is what you are used to. Food for midday and be prepared to buy a meal before the evening session or bring additional food.          

Money for entrance to Climbing Wall. On the second day bring a rigging rope if you have it and a packed lunch. 


Available Start Dates:

Peak District Course Information:
Minimum Age

With a few exceptions, participants aged 15+ can attend our scheduled courses independently. We offer family days out for kids age 6+, private courses to kids groups from age 9+ and scheduled courses just for ages 12-17. All participants under the age of 18 must bring a completed 'Parental Consent Form' that can be downloaded here.

Frequently Asked Questions

As our instructors and staff are often out on the hill or underground delivering courses, we have put together a detailed FAQ to help you with your queries. Click here to go to the FAQ.

London Train Connection

If necessary it is possible to travel up to the course on a weekend by getting an early train on Saturday morning - more info on our FAQ.

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