Level 5

Certifies that a routesetter has successfully completed a National Chief Routesetter Practical and is qualified and eligible as a Chief Routesetter in the discipline(s) for which they have the endorsement(s), at USA Climbing National level competitions.

The most experienced Level 4 Routesetters who are interested in becoming National Chief Routesetters, may formally request to the Chief Routesetter of an event for which they have been hired as an Assistant, to undergo a “Level 5 Practical Review” at.  This request must be submitted at least one month prior to the competition and then approved first by the Chief Routesetter and also the USA Climbing Routesetting Committee.  If approved, the Assistant Routesetter will work closely with the Chief Routesetter in the preparation and execution of the event and their work will be reviewed by the Chief Routesetter, Chief Judge and Chief Organizer.

Testing Duration

  • 5-7 days for each event


  • Level 4 Certification
  • Experience at 4 or more National level competitions
  • Ability to forerun 5.13 and V7.


  • Youth Bouldering, Adult Bouldering, Youth Sport Climbing, and Adult Sport Climbing.

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