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Training and Assessment Program

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.

ACMG Training and Assessment Program

Since 1996, the training and assessment courses that provided a person with the qualifications to join the ACMG were run through the Canadian Mountain and Ski Guide program (CMSG) at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops BC. As of April 30, 2018, that relationship will no longer be in effect as the ACMG explores new ways of having those courses delivered. Between that date and the time that the new training and assessment provider is established, the ACMG will run the courses, maintaining, and where possible improving on, TRU’s high standard of delivery.

We would like to thank TRU for the many years of valuable partnership. In particular, Dwayne Congdon, the previous program coordinator, is worthy of immense recognition and thanks for having put heart and soul into developing and running the program for so many years.

Through these courses you can achieve professional ACMG certification within the disciplines of Mountain Guide, Hiking Guide or Climbing Instructor.

Whether you are considering a career as a professional guide or climbing instructor, or just want to learn more about how guides and instructors are certified, please explore these pages and feel free to contact us at for additional information.

Peter Tucker
ACMG Executive Director


The ACMG Training and Assessment Program (TAP) is a series of courses and exams designed to develop the skills and knowledge required to be a professional guide or instructor. There are three streams (Mountain, Hiking and Climbing Instructor) within which a variety of certificates are offered.

  • icon Mountain Stream
    The Mountain Stream consists of three certificates; Alpine Guide, Ski Guide, and Rock Guide. Students will have the opportunity to pursue certification to the standards of the ACMG and be recognized by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA). IFMGA Mountain Guides attain the highest level of mountain training and certification in the world and are recognized in the more than 20 IFMGA member countries.

  • icon Hiking Stream
    There are two levels in the Hiking Stream: Assistant Hiking Guide and Hiking Guide. Hiking Guides lead clients on day and multi-day hikes and wilderness trips in forested and alpine terrain that does not require technical climbing.

  •  icon Climbing Instructor Stream
    The Climbing Instructor Stream consists of four certificates. Three levels of Climbing Gym Instructor teach climbing on artificial structures. Top Rope Climbing Instructors work with experiential groups in simple outdoor rock climbing terrain with easy access where students do not require anchoring between climbs or rappels.


Once you have passed an exam in any of the above streams, you become eligible to join the ACMG. Membership in the ACMG, along with adherence to its requirements for professional practice and codes, is what provides you with certification in that stream. This certification is recognized in Canada as the highest standard for technical mountain activities and climbing instruction by members of the public, government and industry.

pointer For more information on ACMG courses contact:

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

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