The ACIA represents climbing interests throughout Australia and offers instruction at cliffs in Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland.

The aims of the association are to promote professional standards of rock climbing instruction as well as to assist its member guides and instructors with issues such as accreditation, land management and licensing, cliff access and environmental responsibility.
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The Australian Climbing Instructors' Association (ACIA) is an incorporated body formed in 2000 by the merger of state based professional climbing instructor organizations. The Climbing Instructors Association (CIA), incorporated in Victoria in 1990 and including NSW, and the Rockclimbing Instructors Association of Queensland (RIAQ) dissolved as separate state bodies and now operate under the national banner of the Australian Climbing Instructors' Association.

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Latest News

April 30, 2024
Approved Course Providers

Anyone who has done an ACIA training or assessment course is probably pretty aware that courses are actually provided through an external provider (The Climbing Company in Vic, ASM in NSW, Adventure Training Consultants in WA, hopefully you would have noticed this when reading and signing the acknowledgment of risks […]

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November 27, 2023
Sport Climbing Instructor Qualification

Our newest qualification is now being rolled out and will be offered across the country. The SCI (Sport Climbing Instructor) qualification is the appropriate qualification level for those who supervise, lead and teach sport climbing activities at single pitch sport climbing venues, this includes teaching people all the required skills […]

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June 19, 2023
Sport Climbing Instructor Pilot Program

The ACIA is in the process of creating a Sport Climbing Instructor (SCI) qualification. A PILOT training course for the SCI will be conducted later in 2023 in Western Australia.

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