Top Rope and Lead Belay Certification

All those wishing to belay (hold the rope) for other climbers either via top rope or lead will need to be certified by AZ on the Rocks staff prior to climbing.

General Belay Information

  • For those who wish to belay (hold the ropes) and don’t know how to do so, we offer a 1-hour belay class on certain days and times. The class costs the price of a day pass for non-members (1st class free for members) and includes both your admission to the facility and gear for the day.
  • Classes are held Wednesdays & Fridays 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. We recommend calling, asking front desk staff or complete the form below to schedule your visit. Walk-ins are not recommended because our classes are capped at four people.
  • Those who already know how to belay may take our top-rope test. Click here for further information. 
  • AZR staff does not belay (hold the ropes). Nobody under the age of 15 is allowed to belay.
  • For those that do not wish to learn how to belay, there are six auto belays available, as well as bouldering (climbing without ropes on the shorter walls), spray wall, and fitness area.
  • Please plan on spending at least two hours on your first visit. It may take 20-30 minutes to get through the orientation process, and you want plenty of time to climb.

Top Rope & Lead Belay Test

  • For those with a good base knowledge of climbing and know how to belay correctly, there is an option to test out of the top rope and/or lead belay class. If you want to test out, click here to view a document explaining the skills you must demonstrate during the test. 
  • Top-rope tests are not scheduled. They are run based on staff availability and facility traffic.
  • Lead tests must be scheduled in advance. Complete the request form below to schedule.
  • All tests are PASS/FAIL.
    • There are set criteria that must be demonstrated to pass the test.
    • If you do any of the things on the IMPROPER LIST, you will automatically fail the test regardless of your ability to perform the other actions.
    • In the event of a failed test, you are welcome to attempt a retake 24 hours after your original test.

Top Rope Belay Class

  • Classes are held Wednesdays & Fridays between 6:30 pm-8:30 pm.
  • 1-2 hour belay classes need to be scheduled in advance. This can be done by:
    • Asking a front desk staff member
    • Calling the gym
    • Register through our portal using this link
  • Anyone who has not belayed at AZR before or within the last six months must take the belay class or complete the belay test again.
  • Nobody under the age of 15 is allowed to belay.
  • The belay class costs the price of a day pass for non-members (1st class is free for members) and includes your day pass, gear, unlimited climbing, and fitness equipment.
  • Must display an understanding of and retain information taught during class, as well as be able to demonstrate all required aptitudes covered in the class to get belay certified at the end of class.
  • Those taking the class may be required to climb for other students with a staff member holding the brake rope.
  • We may also ask for non-belaying parties to climb for those in the belay class.
  • Belay classes canceled less than 24 hours in advance will not receive a refund.

Learn to Lead Belay Class

  • Clipping & Belaying (2hrs): This first class will teach the essentials of basic lead belay and lead climbing while on top rope. You must be able to top rope 5.9, own your own harness and ATC belay device to attend this class.
  • Falling & Catching (2hrs): This second class applies the concepts learned in Class 1 to arresting falling climbers and taking lead falls. You must take Class 1 or test out of Class 1 in order to take this class.
  • Price: Classes are $180 for Members and $240 for Non-Members (includes both sessions).
  • All lead classes are scheduled on a case-by-case basis. Please fill out our interest form below to schedule.

Complete Our Lead and Belay Test Information Form

If you need additional information or cannot find a class to suite your needs in the list above please complete the form below.