The mandate of the ACMG is to protect the public interest in mountain travel and climbing instruction. As such, the association has a series of processes, codes and guidelines that help ensure that its members act professionally and within their certification limitations. This builds the trust of the public in ACMG members along with your personal credibility.
Choosing to become a member of a self-governing professional association such as the ACMG is not something to be taken lightly. It is a commitment that comes with many benefits, but also with significant responsibilities.
Please read through the rest of this document before deciding whether ACMG membership is for you
Code of Conduct
All members of the ACMG must adhere to a Code of Conduct. The Code defines acceptable behaviour while you are acting in any professional ACMG capacity or promoting yourself as an ACMG member. Please take a few moments to read it here: Code of Conduct. Breach of the code may lead to a conduct review and possible sanction by the Association.
Scope of Practice
A Scope of Practice defines the limitations of one’s level of certification with respect to terrain, supervision and activities. It is a critical document that helps professionals understand how and where they may carry out their work. Please take some time to read over the section that applies to your desired certification Scope of Practice as it will help ensure that you choose the right stream for your career aspirations. For example, the Top-rope Climbing Instructor certification (TRCI) is quite limited in scope and is often misunderstood by those who believe that it allows for broader activities.
Professional Practice and Development
The ACMG requires that you stay current through regular practice as well as periodic training/development. This document outlines the ACMG’s expectations on remaining current: Professional Practice & CPD
Apprentice Guide Timeline
If you are planning on becoming a Rock Guide, Ski Guide, Alpine Guide or Hiking Guide, after having passed any apprentice exam, you must challenge the appropriate certificate exam within 3 years or risk losing your apprentice standing. You may also challenge a specific exam a maximum of three times. If this is a certificate exam (Rock, Ski, Alpine or Hiking) then you will lose your apprentice standing after the third failure. More information can be found here: Apprentice Timelines
Maximum Exam Attempts
A student may attempt to pass any given exam to a maximum of three (3) times. After a third failed attempt, they will no longer be permitted to apply for that exam. If a student fails their certificate exam three times, they will lose their apprentice certification in that stream.
Don’t hesitate to contact the Executive Director at email@example.com
There are many reasons to consider membership in the ACMG
If you successfully completed your first ACMG Training and Assessment program (TAP) course LESS than one year ago:
If you successfully completed your first course through either the ACMG Training and Assessment Program (TAP) or through Thompson Rivers University MORE than one year ago:
Submit your application with the following three (3) items by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org:
The ACMG does not run these programs but rather relies on outside course providers.
An Advanced Wilderness First Aid course with a minimum 80 hours is required. Courses from the following partial list of providers have proven adequate in the past. Contact the ACMG Training and Assessment Program office if you are uncertain about other programs.
These courses usually run over a two-day period (minimum 16 hrs), combining theory and practical sessions to provide the basis for dealing with traumatic and medical emergencies.
The ACMG does not run these programs but rather relies on outside course providers. Programs from the following, partial list have proven acceptable in the past. Please contact the ACMG Training and Certification program office if you have any questions.
Explore these sites to find information and contact numbers to find a course near you:
You can also check the Advanced First Aid Providers. Some of them may offer Standard First Aid.
The recommendation for membership should cover:
The recommendation must either be sent directly to the ACMG as a signed, dated letter (by e-mail attachment or post) or in the body of an e-mail sent from you (the recommender, not the applicant), directly to the ACMG using the email address on record in the member site.
post: ACMG Box 8341, Canmore AB T1W 2V1
Once your application is received, you will be contacted by the ACMG Member Services Manager instructing you on the amount and the process for your initial non-refundable payment. Your membership application will not proceed until all of the above have been received by the ACMG.
Once we have received your application, it will be forwarded to the Technical Committee for consideration. One of the following rulings will then be made:
The Technical Committee are volunteers and active guides so this process can take several weeks before you get an answer. If you want your membership request rushed for some reason, please forward the information requested above at your earliest opportunity, explain the urgency, and your request may be expedited, if possible.
Dues and Fees
Once the technical review is completed and you have met any requirements set by the Technical Committee, you will be required to pay all mandatory dues and fees assessed to members of the same category for the current calendar year.
Reinstatement is the process by which people who had been ACMG members at one time apply to regain professional membership.If you have been a non-member for less than 1 year
If you have been a non-member for 1 year or longer
If you have been a non-member for 1 year or longer, it is important for us to assess your level of currency in order to determine whether any re-training is required. We will look at your recent activities, your first aid certification and recommendations from active ACMG members. The process can be a little complex so please contact us at email@example.com and we will guide you through the hoops.
IFMGA/UIAGM Guides wishing to join the ACMG, or to bring clients to Canada, should contact the ACMG Main Office for details on the process.
For foreign guides intending to ski in Glacier National Park (Rogers Pass), the Winter Permit System has been translated into German, French, Italian and Spanish:
Main Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
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