How to Apply

If you are applying for the Climbing Gym Instructor course, use these instructions. All other applications use the instructions below.

Spend some time reading the program information on this site. Pay special attention to the prerequisites. Remember the stated prerequisites are an absolute minimum and you should feel you exceed that minimum before you consider applying. These are demanding courses! If possible, try and talk to other candidates to get a better feel for the nature of the courses.

ACMG Scope of Practice

If you believe you meet all the prerequisites, look at the appropriate Application Package which explains the process in detail.

Scan your completed application and email it to cmsg@tru.ca.

Sending your application in a PDF package is strongly recommended as it is the most efficient method for us to process.


Cancellation Insurance

Every year a number or candidates forfeit their course fees due to unforeseen circumstances. Consider obtaining cancellation insurance from your insurance provider or from the provider we have suggested. A point to consider is that you may be very active in a training program prior to your exam. This increased activity will likely increase your chances of being injured which could then prevent you from participating in the scheduled exam or course. Insurance will help you in this instance. We are under budgetary constraints and will be unable to refund your course fees under any circumstance. We make industry commitments based on registration numbers. Those commitments prevent us from transferring any forfeited course fees to future years as that will not cover the costs we have incurred in the current year. Thanks for considering our recommendations.

Cancellation Insurance Information

Frequently asked questions

 I want to be a Mountain Guide but am unsure of what is really involved.

Most successful candidates start guide training with five years of varied recreational experience. Generally Mountain Guide candidates begin their training in the discipline with which they have the most personal experience. For example, accomplished rock climbers start with Guide Training Rock, skilled skiers start with Guide Training Skiing etc. If you are equally skilled in all disciplines, Guide Training Rock is the recommended entry point as it includes skills that have application in all disciplines. Becoming a Mountain Guide is a five to six year process although it has been done in as little as three years by highly skilled and motivated individuals. Please contact the CMSG Program office for counseling.  Please contact the CMSG Program Coordinator for details.

 Are the prerequisites listed in the program descriptions inflexible?

The listed prerequisites are guidelines. They illustrate the minimum level of experience required to successfully learn professional guiding skills and pass exams. The actual number of climbs and trips are, to some extent, arbitrary and it is possible to have success with less if your experience in other areas is extensive. Related work experience, a broad and deep background spanning many years in various areas, and the intensity of activity plays a role. If you do not meet specific criteria but feel you are qualified, please contact the CMSG Program office for counseling.

 I am applying for the Rock Guide Certificate, any route suggestions?

Short rock routes (1 - 3 pitches, minimum 5.10): Squamish: Rock On, Malemute Area, Base of Grand Wall area... Yosemite: Nabisco Wall, Moratorium, The Good Book... Rockies: Paperchase, selected routes at the Back of the Lake and Ghost River... Red Rocks: Triassic Sands, Power Failure, the Gobbler.

Moderate rock routes (full day, multi-pitch): Squamish/Coast Mountains: Freeway, Grand Wall, Angels Crest, Yak/Chek (Yak Peak)… Yosemite: NE Buttress of Higher Cathedral, E Buttress of El Capitan… Rockies: Southern Exposure, Dreambed, Kahl Wall, EEOR's Tail… Red Rocks: Epinephrine, Sour Mash, Black Orpheus.

Long rock routes (very long day or multi-day): Squamish/Coast Mountains: University Wall, Northern Lights, Yellow Brick Road (Marble Canyon)… Yosemite: NW Face of Half Dome, Steck-Salathe, Sentinal Rock… Rockies: Enchainment of two or more moderate Bow Valley or Ghost routes. Red Rocks: Rainbow Wall, Resolution Arete.

 I want to become an Alpine Guide. What are "moderate" and "longer" alpine routes?

Moderate routes: Rockies/Interior: Mt Assiniboine N Rdg, Mt Victoria - Abbott Pass to S Summit, Mt Athabasca N Face, Mt Andromeda NW Shoulder Direct, Mt Louis Kain Route, Castle Mtn Super Brewers, Mt Sir Donald NW Rdg, Bugaboo Spire Kain Route or NE Rdg… Coast Mtns: Mt Matier E Rdg, Mt Baker N Rdg, Serratus Mtn E Rdg, Tantalus, Mt Waddington.

Longer routes: Rockies/Interior: Mt Temple E Rdg or Greenwood-Locke, Diadem Pk Humble Horse, Mt Victoria Traverse, Mt Edith Cavell Becky-Chouinard, Mt Robson Emperor Rdg, Mt Bryce Complete E Rdg, Snow Patch route, S Howser Tower Becky-Chouinard, Mt Austerity N Rdg… Coast Mtns: Mt Slesse N Buttress Becky Route, Mt Stuart N Rdg Complete…

 I'm interested in the Ski Guide Certificate. What are suggested multi-day tours?

Longer tours: Rockies: Freshfields area, Maligne Lake to Nigel Pass via 6 Pass Route, Peyto Glacier to Emerald Lake via Des Poilus Glacier… Interior: Bugaboos to Malachite Creek, Cariboo Traverse… Coast Mtns: Spearhead/McBride Traverse, Salal Creek to Railroad Pass, Pemberton Icecap to Meager Creek.

Ski touring peaks: Rockies: Mt Baker E Rdg, Mt Balfour S Rdg, Mt Columbia E Face/SE Rib, Mt Clemenceau… Interior: Climbs on Castor, Pollux, and the Dome from Sapphire Col…Coast Mtns: Mt Matier N Face/E Rdg, Mt Joffre NW Face…

 I’m a snowboarder, can I still apply to the Ski Guide Certificate and will I be required to demonstrate ski skills?

Snowboarders are welcome to apply. We only allow split-boards with climbing skins and touring bindings, no snowshoes. Successful students receive the Ski Guide Certificate with an addendum stating the certificate was achieved on a snowboard. Snowboarders are required to demonstrate competency on a snowboard but not skis. However students wanting to achieve the mountain guide qualification are required to meet the ski skills standard.

 It's been more than one year since my training course. Can I still take the Apprentice Guide Exam?

A maximum of one year is allowed between training and apprentice exams. This ensures your skills are current. If you wait more than one year, you are required to take the applicable training course again. Please contact the CMSG Program office for details.

 It's been more than three years since my Apprentice Guide Exam. Can I still take the Guide Exam?

A maximum of three years is allowed between exams. This ensures your skills are current. If you have waited more than three years, you are required to take an upgrade course prior to attending the exam.