Mountain Guide

Students who complete the Alpine Guide and Ski Guide certificates receive the Mountain Guide designation from the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG).

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ACMG Mountain Guides are also recognized by the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations, the highest internationally recognized qualification for instruction and guiding rock and ice climbing, mountaineering and backcountry skiing. The IFMGA badge, recognized throughout the mountain world is a guarantee of professional training and competence in all aspects of mountaineering and client care.

Specialty guides

The completion of any of the following certifies you as a Specialty Guide with specific terrain limitations. Completion of both the Alpine Guide and Ski Guide certificates automatically grants you the Mountain Guide certificate.

Rock Guide certificate

Rock guides specialize in climbing instruction and guiding on technical rock. This includes long, multi-pitch routes; sport-climbs; and top-rope climbs on terrain where no glaciation and no permanent or seasonal snow or ice exists. The Assistant Rock Guide segment of this certification is also part of the Alpine Guide certification.

Alpine Guide certificate

Alpine guides specialize in alpine, rock, and waterfall ice climbing terrain.

Ski Guide certificate

Ski guides specialize in ski touring, ski mountaineering, and helicopter/snowcat ski guiding, including ascents of non-technical peaks as part of a trip.

Mountain guide chart

Guide Training Rock Guide Training Ski
Apprentice Rock Guide     Apprentice Ski Guide
  Guide Training Alpine  
Apprentice Alpine Guide
Rock Guide Certificate Alpine Guide Certificate Ski Guide Certificate
Mountain Guide