Continued Education Credit Course

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has officially recognized climbing as an Olympic sport for the 2020/21 and 2024 Games. Learn about space requirements, building connections, surface technologies and more in this Climbing Walls 101 / American Institute of Architects (AIA) accredited course.

We are launching a new educational series here at EP to assist professional architects and designers understanding a little more about the sport of climbing.  With our Climbing Walls 101 course we discuss how this all-ages activity may be safely and sustainably incorporated into sport and recreation facilities. During this course participants will gain the knowledge to:

  • Integrate climbing walls as vertical ‘fields of play’
  • Understand basic space requirements according to current industry best practices; from building connection points to user safety
  • Identify which surface materials and styles of climbing are most appropriate for user groups and facility types
  • Engage healthy communities by uniting communal spaces and the climbing field of play.

We also have a few tools for you to take as reference after the course. These can help guide future projects and get ideas moving in a positive direction:

  • Reference Guide of Materials
  • Space Requirement Map
  • Sample connection points and engineering loads
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Reference Index

If you or your firm is interested in scheduling with EP for this AIA credited course.  Please contact Ryan at