Rock Guide

The Rock Guide certificate program is designed to develop the guiding and instructional skills needed to work in technical rock terrain. 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 Apprentice Rock Guide course is also a prerequisite for the Alpine Guide certificate.

This program requires a strong technical rock climbing background in a variety of rock types and climbing disciplines.

Requirements for entry

This is an absolute minimum. To demonstrate these skills in an exam setting requires a great deal of confidence, ability and fitness. Most candidates enter the program with a much higher personal standard than the minimum required.

  • Climbing prerequisite: The candidate's personal "flash" climbing standard is at a minimum of 5.10d, and their minimum "redpoint" climbing standard is at 5.11a or better, either when placing gear on traditionally protected leads or while climbing bolt protected "sport" climbs. The candidate is current with modern climbing trends and familiar with the language and pedagogy of training for rock climbing.
  • Experience: Candidates are expected to arrive with a strong recreational climbing background with an acquired knowledge of knots, belaying, anchors, protection strategies and climbing systems. It is assumed that the candidates can lead the climbs listed on the submitted resume. Candidates are expected to be physically prepared for a week of outdoor activity.
  • 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.

Rock guide chart

Advanced first aid
Guide Training Rock
Apprentice Rock Guide
Rock Guide Certificate