Alpine Guide

This program is designed to develop the guiding and instructional skills needed to work in alpine rock, snow, and ice terrain, in both summer and winter.

Alpine Guides can be seen guiding frozen waterfalls, climbing alpine ice faces, and leading expeditionary trips throughout the great mountain ranges of Canada and the world.

To enter the program you must complete the Apprentice Rock Guide Program and meet all prerequisites for the Alpine Guide program.

Although this is a demanding program it opens up tremendous opportunities for the guide.

The Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA) professional Level I course is required for entry into the certificate program.

Requirements for entry

This is an absolute minimum. To demonstrate these skills in an exam setting requires a great deal of confidenc examined.

Assistant Rock Guide Program

Must have been successfully completed.


You must show that you are capable of guiding clients, demonstrating smooth, confident, efficient movement while climbing, protecting, anchoring, and belaying.

  • On alpine routes involving glaciers, snow, ice, rock, and mixed terrain at 5.10b/c wearing rock shoes and 5.8 in mountain boots
  • On Grade 4 Waterfall Ice
Personal climbing standard

You must demonstrate a personal climbing standard of 5.11 in rock shoes, 5.8 in mountain boots, and Waterfall Ice Grade V.

Advanced first aid

An Advanced Wilderness First Aid course with a minimum 80 hours is required. Courses from this partial list of providers have proven adequate in the past. Contact the ACMG if you are uncertain about other programs.

Avalanche course

The CAA level 1 plus experience, is a minimum prerequisite for the training level of the Assistant Alpine Guide Program. Experience shows those candidates who enter with the CAA Level 2 have an easier time with the decision making and hazard evaluation tasks.

Alpine guide chart

Advanced first aid
Apprentice Rock Guide
CAA Level 1
Guide Training Alpine
Apprentice Alpine Guide
CAA Level 2
Alpine Guide Certificate