Course Details

SAREA Awards

SAREA has 4 awards:

  1. Assistant Guide
  2. Top Rope Guide
  3. Top Rope Instructor/Single Pitch Guide
  4. Multi-pitch Lead Instructor


To begin the accreditation process for qualifications higher than ‘Assistant Guide’, you must be competent to at least the Assistant Guide standard, as outlined in the SAREA Candidate Information Booklet.

Send a log book electronically to SAREA demonstrating a minimum of the following:

  • 6 months climbing experience
  • 500 metres of top rope climbing
  • Competent to climb at least grade 12
  • Competence with basic rope work, belaying and fixing anchors
  • Completed 10 abseils
  • Experience in a variety of cliff environments

Qualification Process

The details of obtaining the Top Rope Guide qualification are outlined in the Top Rope Guide Flow Chart.

Progression to the Top Rope Instructor/Single Pitch Guide and Multi-pitch Lead Instructor qualifications can begin after the Top Rope Guide qualification has been obtained


Assistant Guide Course cost is $275 for two full days of instruction.

Top Rope Guide course cost is $990

Top Rope Instructor/Single Pitch Guide assessment cost is $350.

Multi-pitch Lead Instructor assessment cost is $800.

Bank Details

Before paying any money, please contact SAREA to confirm your eligibility for the course and the availability of places within the next intake.

Bank SA
SA Rockclimbing Education Assoc Inc
BSB: 105-900
ACC NO: 960450640