Program Overview
Mountain Guide
Rock Guide
Ski Guide
Alpine Guide
Hiking Guide
Climbing Gym Instructor
Top Rope Instructor
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Additional Info
Dates and Fees
Application Info
First Aid Courses
ACMG Manuals
Course Application Information

We have moved the administration of the
Training and Assessment Program from TRU/CMSG to the ACMG

  •  As of May 1, 2018 all programs are administered by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. Use the application packages on this site.

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How to Apply

The application packages below outline what is required to be submitted when applying to each training course or exam.

  1. Please read through them in detail and ensure that your application includes all of the required elements.
  2. Complete the online registration form: TAP Application Form.
  3. We recommend using the Chrome browser when completing your online application, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer are not well supported by our student information system software.

*By applying to the training course in each stream you are automatically registered for the apprentice exam in that stream (pending a recommendation from the training course instructors). You do not need to submit a separate application unless you completed the training courses in a different year or have already attempted the exam and are applying to take it again.

Application Packages

Ski Guide Certificate

Rock Guide Certificate

Alpine Guide Certificate

bullet PRE-EXAM TRAINING (Rock, Alpine and Ski Certificate Exams) Not mandatory

Hiking Guide Certificate

Via Ferrata Guide Certificate

Top Rope Climbing Instructor Certificate

Climbing Gym Instructor Certificate

Sample Waivers

You will be required to sign an ONLINE WAIVER prior to starting the course. These PDF waivers are presented as samples only. The online waiver will be formated differntly and there may be other variances.


Q. I want to be a Mountain Guide but am unsure of what is really involved.
A. Most successful candidates arrive on the training courses with a minimum of three to five years experience. Their background involves focused and varied recreational leadership. Generally, Mountain Guide candidates begin their training with the discipline in which they have the most personal experience. For example, accomplished rock climbers start with Guide Training - Rock, skilled skiers start with Guide Training - Skiing, etc. If you are equally skilled in all disciplines, Guide Training - Rock is a good first course as it deals with skills that have application in all disciplines. Becoming a Mountain Guide is a five to six year process for most people although it has been done in as little as three years by highly skilled and motivated individuals. Please contact the Training and Assessment Program office for assistance in obtaining counseling from the Technical Director.

Q. Are the prerequisites listed in the program descriptions inflexible?
A. The prerequisites listed are guidelines. They illustrate the minimum level of experience applicants require to be successful in learning professional guiding skills and passing exams. The actual number of climbs and trips are, to some extent, arbitrary and it is possible to have success with less if your experience in other areas is extensive. Related work experience, a broad and deep background spanning many years in various areas, and the intensity of activity plays a role. If you do not meet specific criteria but feel you are qualified, please contact the Training and Assessment Program office for assistance in obtaining counseling from the Technical Director.

Q. I am applying for the Rock Guide Program, any suggestions?
A. Short rock routes (1 - 3 pitches, minimum 5.10): Squamish: Rock On, Malemute Area, Base of Grand Wall area... Yosemite: Nabisco Wall, Moratorium, The Good Book... Rockies: Paperchase, selected routes at the Back of the Lake and Ghost River... Red Rocks: Triassic Sands, Power Failure, the Gobbler.

Moderate rock routes (full day, multi-pitch): Squamish/Coast Mountains: Freeway, Grand Wall, Angels Crest, Yak/Chek (Yak Peak)… Yosemite: NE Buttress of Higher Cathedral, E Buttress of El Capitan… Rockies: Southern Exposure, Dreambed, Kahl Wall, EEOR's Tail… Red Rocks: Epinephrine, Sour Mash, Black Orpheus.

Long rock routes (very long day or multi-day): Squamish/Coast Mountains: University Wall, Northern Lights, Yellow Brick Road (Marble Canyon)… Yosemite: NW Face of Half Dome, Steck-Salathe, Sentinal Rock… Rockies: Enchainment of two or more moderate Bow Valley or Ghost routes. Red Rocks: Rainbow Wall, Resolution Arete.

Q. I want to become an Alpine Guide. What are "moderate" and "longer" alpine routes?
A. Moderate routes: Rockies/Interior: Mt Assiniboine N Rdg, Mt Victoria - Abbott Pass to S Summit, Mt Athabasca N Face, Mt Andromeda NW Shoulder Direct, Mt Louis Kain Route, Castle Mtn Super Brewers, Mt Sir Donald NW Rdg, Bugaboo Spire Kain Route or NE Rdg… Coast Mtns: Mt Matier E Rdg, Mt Baker N Rdg, Serratus Mtn E Rdg, Tantalus, Mt Waddington. Longer routes: Rockies/Interior: Mt Temple E Rdg or Greenwood-Locke, Diadem Pk Humble Horse, Mt Victoria Traverse, Mt Edith Cavell Becky-Chouinard, Mt Robson Emperor Rdg, Mt Bryce Complete E Rdg, Snow Patch route, S Howser Tower Becky-Chouinard, Mt Austerity N Rdg… Coast Mtns: Mt Slesse N Buttress Becky Route, Mt Stuart N Rdg Complete…

Q. I'm interested in the Ski Guide Program. Any suggestions for tours?
A. Longer tours: Rockies: Freshfields area, Maligne Lake to Nigel Pass via 6 Pass Route, Peyto Glacier to Emerald Lake via Des Poilus Glacier… Interior: Bugaboos to Malachite Creek, Cariboo Traverse… Coast Mtns: Spearhead/McBride Traverse, Salal Creek to Railroad Pass, Pemberton Icecap to Meager Creek. Ski touring peaks: Rockies: Mt Baker E Rdg, Mt Balfour S Rdg, Mt Columbia E Face/SE Rib, Mt Clemenceau… Interior: Climbs on Castor, Pollux, and the Dome from Sapphire Col…Coast Mtns: Mt Matier N Face/E Rdg, Mt Joffre NW Face…

Q. It's been more than one year since my training course, can I still take the Apprentice Guide Exam?
A. A maximum of one year is allowed between training and the first exam. This ensures your skills are current. If you have waited more than one year, you are required to take the applicable training course again. Please contact the Training and Assessment Program office to arrange consultation with the Technical Director.

Q. It's been more than three years since my Apprentice Guide Exam, can I still take the Guide Exam?
A. A maximum of three years is allowed between exams. This ensures your skills are current. If you have waited more than three years, you are required to take an upgrade course prior to attending the exam.

arrow For more information on ACMG courses contact:

ACMG Training and Assessment Program
Box 8245
Canmore, AB Canada T1W 2T9

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