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Memberships for the 2020-2021 Season are now available!

2020-2021 Memberships include: Competitor, Introductory, Collegiate, Collegiate Introductory, Paraclimbing, Level 1 Coach, Level 2 Coach, Routesetter, Certified Routesetter, Certified Judge, Volunteer, Coordinator, Supporter, USAC Staff, Team, Basic Gym, Full Gym, and Additional Facility.

 Click here to log in or purchase a 2020-2021 Membership

Read about changes to the 2020-2021 Season

Read about KAYA partnership and new competition format 

 Below you will find a short description and the requirements for each membership.

Competitor Membership – $105

A competitor membership is for competitive youth and adult climbers that wish to compete at regional, divisional, and/or national level events. A competitor membership can also be used at qualifying (local) events and is required for results to count toward regional qualification. In order to obtain this membership, a competitor member that is 18 years or older must complete annual SafeSport Training.

Introductory Membership - $30

An introductory membership is for competitive climbers that wish to compete at qualifying (local) events and National Cup Series competitions. Introductory members qualifying event scores will not qualify for regional, divisional, and/or national level events.  In order for a climber's score to count towards regional qualification, introductory members must upgrade their membership prior to the qualifying competition, in addition to other eligibility requirements, through their USA Climbing account to either a competitor membership (youth/adult) or a collegiate membership (collegiate). In order to obtain this membership, an introductory member that is 18 years or older must complete annual SafeSport Training.

Collegiate Membership - $65

A collegiate membership is for competitive collegiate climbers that wish to compete at divisional and/or national level collegiate events. A collegiate membership can also be used at collegiate qualifying (local) events.  In order to compete in non-collegiate events, a collegiate member must upgrade to a competitor membership through their USA Climbing account. In order to obtain this membership, a collegiate member that is 18 years or older must complete annual SafeSport Training.

Collegiate Introductory Membership - $30

A collegiate introductory membership is for competitive climbers that wish to compete at qualifying (local) events. In order for a collegiate climber to compete at divisional, and/or national level events, collegiate introductory members must upgrade their membership, in addition to other eligibility requirements, through their USA Climbing account to either a competitor membership (youth/adult) or a collegiate membership (collegiate). In order to obtain this membership, an introductory member that is 18 years or older must complete annual SafeSport Training.

Team Captain Membership- Free

A team captain membership is a free add-on to a collegiate membership which allows the team captain to create a team roster for divisionals and nationals. The deadline for creating rosters will be when registration closes for divisionals. This deadline will be communicated to competitors when USAC announces registration opening for collegiate divisionals. The ability to add rosters will open during the local season in order to give teams as long as possible to add their rosters to their USA Climbing account.

Paraclimbing Membership - $45

A paraclimbing membership is for competitive para-athletes that wish to compete at local and national level paraclimbing events. In order to compete in non-paraclimbing events, a paraclimbing member must upgrade to a competitor membership through their USA Climbing account. In order to obtain this membership, a paraclimbing member that is 18 years or older must complete annual SafeSport Training.

Level 1 Coach Membership - $40

A Level 1 Coach Membership is for coaches that wish to coach at a USA Climbing Sanctioned Event. Level 1 Coaches do not have competition isolation area (‘iso’) access. A Level 1 Coach does have the ability to file appeals. In order to obtain this membership, a coach must complete annual SafeSport Training, successfully pass a background screen, and provide documentation of their coaching role. SafeSport Training and Background Screens can be accessed through a member’s USA Climbing account. Coaching verification is to be completed independently by the member with documentation uploaded into their USA Climbing account.  Level 1 Coaches can upgrade their membership to a Level 2 Coach Membership at any time through their USA Climbing account.

Level 2 Coach Membership - $90

A Level 2 Coach Membership is for coaches that wish to coach at a USA Climbing Sanctioned Event. Level 2 Coaches have competition isolation area (‘iso’) access and the ability to file appeals. In order to obtain this membership, a coach must complete annual SafeSport Training, First Aid/CPR certification, successfully pass a background screen, and provide documentation of their coaching role. SafeSport Training and Background Screens can be accessed through a member’s USA Climbing account. First Aid/CPR Certification and coaching verification is to be completed independently by the member with documentation uploaded into their USA Climbing account. 

Routesetter Membership - Free

A Routesetter Membership is for individuals in process of becoming a Certified Routesetter by attending a Routesetting Clinic. Once a Routesetter Member successfully completes clinic requirements, they must upgrade to a Certified Routesetter Membership in order for certification to be complete. This membership is also for routesetters who are not certified but are members of a routesetting crew who are routesetting for a USA Climbing competition where a certification is not required. In order to obtain this membership, a routesetter member that is 18 years or older must complete annual SafeSport Training.

Certified Routesetter Membership - $70

A Certified Routesetter Membership is for USA Climbing certified routesetters. In order to obtain this membership, a routesetter must complete annual SafeSport Training. Level 3, 4, and 5 Routesetters must also successfully pass a background screen. SafeSport Training and Background Screens can be accessed through a member’s USA Climbing account.

Certified Judge Membership - Free

A Certified Judge Membership is required for all Certified Chief Judges and Certified Route Judges who appear on the ‘Certified Judges List’. In order to obtain this membership, a judge must complete annual SafeSport Training and successfully pass a background screen. SafeSport Training and Background Screens can be accessed through a member’s USA Climbing account.

Volunteer Membership - Free

A Volunteer Membership is required by those seeking to volunteer at a sanctioned USA Climbing competition. Volunteer Memberships (Covered and Non-Covered Individuals) are split into two categories based on the type of volunteer position.

Covered Individuals: Chief Belayers, Isolation Coordinators, Volunteer Coordinators, and Event Organizers. In order to obtain this membership, a member must complete annual SafeSport Training and successfully pass a background screen. SafeSport Training and Background Screens can be accessed through a member’s USA Climbing account.

Non-Covered Individuals: Non-Certified Judges, Scorekeepers, Runners, and Belayers.

Coordinator Membership - Free

Coordinator Membership is for Regional, Divisional, and National Coordinators. In order to obtain this membership, a coordinator must complete annual SafeSport Training and successfully pass a background screen. SafeSport Training and Background Screens can be accessed through a member’s USA Climbing account.

Supporter Membership - $35

Supporter Members are individuals who support the strategic direction of USA Climbing, including but not limited to, purpose, programs, aims and objectives of USA Climbing.

USAC Staff Membership - Free

The Staff Membership is for USA Climbing full-time staff, Board Members, Committee Members, Working Groups, and Task Forces. Staff Memberships  are split into two categories (Covered and Non-Covered Individuals) based on the type of position.

Covered Individuals: USA Climbing full-time staff, Board Members, and Members of Designated Committees (NGC, Audit, Judicial, Hearing Panel Pool and Team Selection). In order to obtain this membership, a member must complete annual SafeSport Training and successfully pass a background screen. SafeSport Training and Background Screens can be accessed through a member’s USA Climbing account.

Non-Covered Individuals: Members of Other Committees, Working Groups, and Task Forces.

Team Membership - Free

This membership is required for a team to be eligible for the Team Championship competition at championship events. A Level 2 Coach membership is required to add the team membership and athletes to the roster. This is accessible from the Level 2 Coaches USA Climbing account.

Basic Gym Membership - $100

This membership allows a gym to be included in a searchable gym locater on the USA Climbing website and access to USA Climbing benefits.

Full Gym Membership - $250

This membership is required for gyms who are hosting any USA Climbing sanctioned events. It allows inclusion in a searchable gym locater on the USA Climbing website and one free membership of their choice.

Additional Facility Membership - $75

This membership is available for facilities with multiple locations that have already purchased one classic gym membership and are hosting USA Climbing sanctioned events. For example, if a gym has three locations they should purchase one full gym membership and two additional facility memberships.

Click Here to Log In or Purchase A 2020-2021 Membership

In 2019, The U.S. Center for SafeSport and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee instituted changes for National Governing Bodies, like USA Climbing. To ensure we are holding athlete safety to the highest standards, we are required to provide SafeSport training and background screening to additional membership categories and stakeholder groups within the organization.

Visit the Membership FAQ Page for more information and check out the Membership Benefits you receive with your USA Climbing season membership!



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