Canadian Mountain and Ski Guide Program

We collaborate with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides to offer training courses and exams designed to certify guides and instructors to the highly respected standards of the ACMG. You can achieve professional ACMG certification within the disciplines of Mountain Guide, Hiking Guide or Climbing Instructor.

Whether you are considering a career as a professional guide or climbing instructor or just want to learn more about how guides are certified, explore these pages and feel free to contact Program Coordinator Dwayne Congdon for more information.

Mountain Guide

Three certification streams: Alpine Guide, Ski Guide, and Rock Guide. Completion of the program confers Mountain Guide certification, which qualifies ACMG members for recognition throughout the world in member countries of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations.

Hiking Guide

Two levels: Assistant Hiking Guide and Hiking Guide. Hiking Guides lead clients on day and multi-day hikes and wilderness trips in forested and alpine terrain that does not require technical climbing.

Climbing Instructor

Two certification streams: Climbing Gym Instructors teach climbing on artificial structures. Top Rope Climbing Instructors work with groups in simple outdoor rock climbing terrain with easy access where students do not require anchoring between climbs or rappels.