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In addition to the creation and publication of industry standards, the CWA produces other publications based around starting a climbing gym, operating a climbing wall, and risk management of climbing facilities.  CWA’s current publications include:

Climbing Industry Job Board

The CWA’s members span all areas of the climbing industry and are always seeking out the best talent that the industry has to offer. As a member service, we have created a climbing industry job board to aid in these searches. Current CWA members can submit job postings by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with the subject line “Job Board Posting”. 

Please include the following items for any job posting:
Job Title
Desired Qualifications
Submission Method
Application Deadline

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Industry Practices: A Sourcebook for the Operation of Manufactured Climbing Walls, Third Edition
CWA Guide to Visitor Agreements, First Edition
CWA Climbing Gym Business Plan Creation, First Edition
The CWA Guide to Climbing

ClimbSmart!™ Program

The ClimbSmart!™ program is a national public awareness campaign addressing the elements of risk in climbing sports, climbers’ safety, and personal responsibility.  Created by ORCA in 1993, the program is now maintained by CWA.  The ClimbSmart!™ program was developed around a four point universal warning system for climbing sports and distributes educational materials in various formats such as posters, stickers, and brochures. The general warning poster addresses inherent risks in climbing, qualified instruction, and personal responsibility for safety in a climbing facility.

To learn more about ClimbSmart!™, click here.

To order your ClimbSmart!™ posters, click here.