Outdoor Recreation & Climbing Wall

Belay Certification

Belay Certification Course and Testing Information:

This year, there is a new policy for belay certification requiring that all climbing wall participants renew their certification at the beginning of every semester.  Participants who have been belay certified in the past may take a belay test during the first hour of climbing wall hours on Monday 1/21, Wednesday 1/23, or Thursday 1/24.  Participants who do not pass the belay certification test on their first attempt will be required to attend a belay certification course the cost of which will be $10 that may be applied to the purchase of a semester pass.

The first belay certification course of the semester will be held on Saturday 1/26 from 2:30pm-4:30pm.  The cost of the course will be $10, and sign-ups will be available during open climbing wall hours from 1/21-1/24.  For more information please contact Sean Reilley in the Fitness Center.

Belay Certification FAQ's:

What is the benefit of getting belay certified?

  • Individuals who are belay certified may use the rock wall during open hours, and have the option to act as the belayer for another climber without the direct supervision of the climbing wall staff.

How can I get belay certified?

  • All climbers have the option to take one belay test during open wall hours.  If the climber does not pass the test on their first attempt they will be required to attend a belay certification course.

If I have experience as a belayer at another Climbing Wall, do I still need to get belay certified?

  • Yes, as a matter of safety and consistency we prefer that all of our belayers use the same technique and are held to the same standards.