Single Pitch Supervisor (SPSA)

Single Pitch Supervisor Award

The Single Pitch Supervisor Award provides training and assessment for those who supervise single pitch traditional and sport rock climbing.

Entry requirements:

  • Candidates must be at least 18 years old
  • Candidates are required to demonstrate experience of the concepts covered in the Rock Climbing Skills course.


4 days


1 day. If the pupil can show extensive prior experience and competence during the course, the instructor may proceed directly into a RPL assessment.

The award covers:

  • Equipment usage and care
  • Lead climbing of trad routes
  • Lead climbing of sport routes
  • Belay techniques
  • Bolted and trad anchor systems
  • Basic understanding of Fall factors and impact forces in the safety chain
  • Group supervision
  • Releasable and retrievable abseils
  • Ascending the rope
  • Hauling systems and stuck climbers
  • Escaping the system
  • Rope types and uses
  • Emergency Procedures
  • MDT and NQF training and qualification structure and skills
  • Scope and remit of the qualification

The award does not cover:

  • The skills needed to approach and retreat from mountain crags
  • Access to any location where escape is not easily possible from the top and the bottom of a climb
  • Multi-pitch rock climbing and it’s supervision