USA Climbing provides instruction, training, and certification to routesetters at various levels of competition. Since 2006, the USA Climbing Routesetting Committee has developed and administered the clinic instructional programs and certification system that USA Climbing now uses for sanctioned competition climbing. The USA Climbing Routesetting Committee is constantly working to further professionalize and standardize competition routesetting with an overall goal of increasing the quality and consistency of competition events and support the work of routesetters.
The USA Climbing Routesetting Clinic and Certification Program (USAC RCCP) is administered by the USA Climbing Routesetting Committee. Levels of certification are achieved through the successful completion of Level 1 and 2 Clinics, and practical competition routesetting experiences, via Internship (Level 3), Apprenticeship (Level 4), and finally, a National Chief Practical (Level 5).
Click on the level of certification for more detailed information on each level of USA Climbing Routesetting Certification. See below for other USA Climbing Routesetting Clinic and Certification Program resource documents.
Certifies that a routesetter has successfully completed a USA Climbing Level 1 Clinic and demonstrated proficiency of routesetting fundamentals and basic skills for USAC local competitions. Level 1 details.
Certifies that a routesetter has successfully completed a Level 2 Clinic and demonstrated sufficient knowledge of on-sight routesetting and other skills necessary to set for USAC Championship level competitions. Level 2 details.
Certifies that a routesetter has successfully completed an Internship at a USAC Divisional or National level competition and is qualified and eligible to apply for an Apprenticeship position at any National level competitions. Level 3 details.
Certifies that a routesetter has successfully completed an Apprenticeship at a National level competition and is qualified and eligible to work as an Assistant Routesetter at any USAC National level competitions. Level 4 details
Certifies that a routesetter has successfully completed a National Chief Routesetter Practical Review and is qualified to be a Chief Routesetter, in one or more disciplines, at USA Climbing National level competitions. Level 5 details.
The process of selection for Routesetters at Championship Bouldering and Sport Competitions is detailed below.
Please see the home page for more information about current announcements for Routesetter positions.
National Competitions: The Chief Routesetter is selected by USA Climbing Operations. An application process is then opened for Routesetters to apply for official Assistant, Apprentice, and Intern positions. The type and number of positions offered varies depending on the event. These Routesetter positions are determined by the Chief Routesetter in coordination with USAC Operations.
Divisional Competitions: The Chief Routesetter is selected by the host facility in coordination with USA Climbing Operations. The Chief Routesetter must be Level 4 Certified with an Endorsement in the competition discipline. If a Level 5 Routesetter is the Chief Routesetter of a Divisional event, USA Climbing may offer an official Divisional Internship. All other Routesetters are selected by the host facility.
Regional Competitions: The Chief Routesetter selected by the host facility in coordination with USA Climbing Operations. The Chief Rouetsetter must be Level 3 Certified with an Endorsement in the competition discipline. All other Routesetters are determined by the host facility.
Local Competitions: The Chief Routesetter and all other Routesetters are selected by the host facility.