Are you interested in becoming a Warrior’s Way trainer?
Climbing coaches, instructors, and guides reach out to us about becoming Warrior’s Way trainers because they have found value in the material for their personal climbing and their professional instruction.
If you’re interested in beginning this process, please review the information listed here so you know the pre-requisites, training process, and investment. It’s important to approach this process from a long-term perspective because we’ll both be investing time, effort, and money to make it successful.
Total investment: $3550; about 7 months.
1. Trainer Description:
a. Warrior’s Way (WW) trainers usually own their own guide-services or work for a gym or guide-service. This is important because trainers need an infrastructure so they can teach. This infrastructure allows trainers to be covered by general liability insurance and work within the permits required for teaching outdoors. We have various levels of training for trainers.
i. Level 1 training allows trainers to teach the Falling and Commitment
material to climbers. This includes teaching rope and bouldering clinics in
gyms, and sport and trad camps outdoors.
ii. Level 2 training allows trainers to teach the Free Mind material, our
advanced training program for climbers and non-climbers. This includes
one-on-one coaching, our Veterans course, and our business courses.
b. Warrior’s Way trainers are climbing guides and coaches who are passionate about the Warrior’s Way material and their desire to help others by teaching it. Becoming a trainer is a way that they add value to an already robust career in the climbing industry. In addition to teaching specific mental training clinics, they weave the principles into their climbing coaching to share a learning-based approach with all of their students. After certification, trainers schedule and run their own clinics. Trainers are responsible for providing their own means for teaching: insurance, public land permits, and a gym and guide service through which they can teach.
● Read both books: The Rock Warrior’s Way and Espresso Lessons
● Subscribe to our eList
● Take a Falling and Commitment clinic
● At least one year instruction experience in the climbing industry
● Affiliation with a climbing gym and/or guide-service that is supportive of hosting
● Hold appropriate levels of training for the teaching terrain (ie; SPI and WFR for
● At least 21 years old
3.What is the training process?
a. Training process:
i. First quarter: Personal Free Mind training, consisting of weekly calls the first month and calls every-other-week the second and third months. This helps the new trainer to better understand their relationship to the material and integrate it into their climbing and daily life.
- Investment: $1300; 3 months
ii. Second quarter: Free Mind training consisting of calls every-other-week plus 4 calls on the Falling and Commitment syllabus injected in the last 2 months.
- Investment: $1300; 3 months
iii. Observe at least 1 clinic taught by a WW trainer: Investment: $0
iv. Online exam: Investment: $100
v. Practicum: Trainees will teach 10-14 clinics with our lead trainer to gain practical experience teaching with a variety of students. You’ll teach the bouldering and rope clinics in gyms and understand how to teach the material in a trad setting outdoors. Investment: $650; 2 weeks
vi. Assessment clinic: You’ll be assessed in a final clinic at the end of the practicum. Investment: $200; 1 day
b. Total financial and time commitments: $3550; about 7 months
c. Reassessments every 3 years: $200
The scholarship process helps potential applicants investigate if their financial situation and ability to commit to the process of becoming a WW trainer is realistic for them. You may qualify for a training scholarship based on your financial situation. Write a one-page description about your current life and financial situation, and why having this scholarship will help you. Please include your community involvement and how you will be able to share this material with others.