Exams

Assistant hiking guide

Goals
  1. Introduce participants to the standards of professional guiding, instruction, and client care in the hiking industry including overnight travel.
  2. Assess the participants at the standard of an Assistant Hiking Guide. To provide an information exchange to better the industry of professional hiking guides.
  3. Provide direction towards the Hiking Guide program and other ACMG programs.
Format

Much of the emphasis is instructional but, as a certification program, a significant portion of the agenda is assessment and skills evaluation. The certification issued to the successful candidates is a sanctioned professional standard and will assist the candidates in finding work in the guiding and adventure travel industry.

Expectations

The following expectations are relevant on both day and overnight trips and would include (on overnight trips) campsite selection and management.

  • Demonstrate excellent physical fitness and the ability to move confidently and efficiently when traveling off trail.
  • Present an assertive attitude on safety when leading a group.
  • Demonstrate a high standard in navigating and route finding.
  • Show their ability to establish effective communication with regard to the clients' safety, comfort, and enjoyment.
  • Demonstrate a respect and care for the environment.
  • Have professional standard equipment as required for guiding hiking and backpacking trips.
Examination

Methods of assessment include asking the participants to model and demonstrate the appropriate actions of a professional guide. The course may be strenuous, and the field trips will continue with appropriate choices of routes and options in all weather and conditions.

This course does not include travel on permanent snow, glaciated, or scrambling terrain. It does not include terrain where use of hands for balance is needed (scrambling or mountaineering terrain) and does not include information regarding ocean shoreline safety.

Location and length

Nine days. In most years courses are conducted in June and September. Location varies but Canmore, Alta., and Pemberton, BC, are often used.


Hiking guide

Goals
  1. To introduce participants to the standards of professional guiding, instruction, and client care in the multi-day hiking industry.
  2. To assess the participants at the standard of an ACMG Hiking Guide.
  3. To provide an information exchange to better the industry of professional hiking guides.
Format

This course is designed for professional guides who are leading multi-day trips on or off established trails and in mountainous hiking terrain. This course does not include travel on permanent snow, glaciated, or scrambling terrain. The course is a combination of instruction and examination. The certification issued to successful candidates is a sanctioned professional standard for guides leading multi-day backpacking trips.

Expectations

A strong recreational hiking and backpacking background. Arrive with professional standard equipment. Please note there are evening sessions as well as the field days.

Examination

This exam week is designed to test the result of several years experience as a recreational leader on and off trails. Practice navigation (specifically map reading, taking map and field bearings, resecting (triangulation) etc.). Prepare for off trail route finding and brush up on your leadership, communication and interpretive skills prior to the course. Be prepared to hike for 5 days in succession under all weather conditions.

This course does not include travel on permanent snow, glaciated, or scrambling terrain. It does not include terrain where use of hands for balance is needed (scrambling or mountaineering terrain) and does not include information regarding ocean shoreline safety.

Location and length

Six days. In most years courses are conducted in September. Location varies but Canmore, Alta., and Pemberton, BC, are often used.