Guide Training Rock

This is the baseline course for both the Rock Guide and Alpine Guide programs.

  • To demonstrate and model the preferred methods and technical skills used by ACMG professional guides in rock terrain.
  • To assist the candidate in developing guiding and instructional skills through practice, coaching and feedback.
  • To prepare the candidate for the assessment courses and to provide direction and recommendation with regard to future ACMG training and certification courses.
  • To screen the candidate's movement skills and knowledge of recreational level climbing systems and to ensure the candidate is at the level of the course prerequisites.

Full field day sessions combine with evening lectures and group learning sessions. Recreational climbing skills and judgement are screened as part of the daily activities. The course is designed to help prepare the candidate and introduce some of the recommended methods common to rock guiding through indoor and outdoor training sessions and practical application. Self-directed learning, and practiced application of guide skills on your own time is required prior to the exams.

Field sessions

Anchors and protection placement/Belaying/ Rappelling, lowering systems/Multi-pitch management/Rock rescue/Client care/Short roping /Hazard evaluation

Lecture sessions

Climbing systems/Guide Meeting Format/Use of Options/Planning a Guided Week

Evaluation areas
  • Screening of movement skills in rock terrain.
  • Knowledge of: belaying, protection, hazard evaluation.
Location and length

Eight days, run in June. Location varies but is most often held in the Canmore, Alta., or Squamish BC areas.

Dates and Fees