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As part of the USA Climbing Routesetting Clinic and Certification program, USAC organizes Level 1 and Level 2 clinics for routesetters across the country.

Level 1 Routesetting Clinic

The USA Climbing Level 1 Routesetting Clinic teaches participants basic proficiency of routesetting fundamentals and basic skills for competition routesetting. Successful participants will receive a Level 1 Certification.  The Participation Fee is $200, and all participants must have an active USAC Routesetter Annual Membership ($55). Beginner and experienced routesetters alike are welcomed as long as they have 6 months or more routesetting experience and can work V3 or 5.10.

Level 2 Routesetting Clinic

The USA Climbing Level 2 Routesetting Clinic teaches and tests participants' knowledge of on-sight routesetting and other skills necessary to set effectively for Championship level events.  There is a competitive application process for Level 2 Clinics and to be considered, applicants should have significant competition Routesetting experience, Chief Routesetter experience, and must be able to work V7 and 5.13.  Successful participants will receive Level 2 Certification, having gained experience that can contribute to their effective work at Regional competitions, and are then eligible to apply for official Divisional or National Internships.  The Participation Fee is $400, and all participants must have an active USAC Routesetter Annual Membership ($55).


Most large commercial climbing gyms may host a Level 1 clinic at their facility, if they have significant bouldering and route terrain but USA Climbing must review all possible host facilities before scheduling.  Level 2 clinics are scheduled by USA Climbing typically two - three times per year based on various detailed specifications of the host facility and location selection based on diverse geographic offerings.

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