Professional Development


Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School is committed to providing cutting edge instruction.

We have partnered with industry leaders to offer the best in Mountain Guide Training, Wilderness Medicine, Avalanche Education, Adventure Facilitation, and Search and Rescue.

Our course schedule is coming soon but if you have more than 5 people, call us to schedule a private course.

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Courses We Offer

Climbing Wall Instructor Course(CWI):

What You’ll Learn:  The course emphasizes the presentation of sound fundamental skills to climbing gym participants, the formation of risk assessment and risk management skills and basic problem-solving skills such as belay transitions and on-wall coaching and assistance techniques. Participants are assessed on both their core knowledge and their ability to effectively teach and coach related skills.  Depending on performance, participants will earn 1 of the following certification levels.   
Length: ~20 Hours
Prereq: 5.8 climbing ability, owns personal climbing equipment, comfortable belaying with both aperture and assisted braking devices
Cert: 3 years
Recert: 1-day refresher or obtain a higher level of certification

Top Rope Climbing Instructor Course (TRCI)

What You’ll Learn:
Length: ~30 Hours, 3 day course with optional 1 day exam

  • Currently at least 18 years of age.
  • Shows an adequate level of experience (regular climbing for 2-3 years, high-intensity climbing in the last few months). These skills may be assessed at the start of the course.
  • Lead climbing experience recommended.
  • Possesses personal equipment necessary for course.
  • Capable of comfortably climbing 5.8 terrain while on a top rope.

Exam Cert: 3 years
Recert: 12 hour refresher

Top Managed Climbing Instructor Module

Length: 1 day (10 hour) module in addition to TRCI

Single Pitch Climbing Instructor Module

Length: 2 day module in addition to TMCI and assessment of traditional leading ability (comfortably lead 5.6) 

Level 1 – Slope Access Technician

The Slope Access Technician course is an entry level course focusing on understanding equipment, basic techniques, safety practices and slope assessment essentials.  Participants will learn and practice a variety of knots, basic anchors, rappelling, ascending, belaying, knot passes and simple self-rescue skills.  Slope Access Technician terrain involves up to Class II slopes.  A Slope Access Technician works under the supervision of a Journeyman or Master Slope Access Technician.  A Level 1 challenge test is available for individuals seeking to demonstrate proficiency.

Level 2 – Journeyman Slope Access Technician

The Journeyman Slope Access Technician course broadens a participant’s suite of skills to open access to Class III and IV terrain.  The course covers alternative tools for rappelling and ascending, complex anchoring needs (multi-point anchors and load distribution), releasable systems, multi-rope systems, hauling and batwing systems, and partner rescue.  A Level 2 challenge test is available.


Length: 16 hours
Prereqs: Currently at least 16 years of age
Cert: 3 years
Recert: Retake course or obtain higher level of certification


Length: 70 hours
Prereqs: Currently at least 16 years of age
Cert: 3 years
Recert: 24 hour re-certification course


 Length: 45 hours course
Prereqs: EMT certification
Cert: 3 years