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Training and Assessment Program

Welcome to the program that leads to ACMG certification The ACMG offers a series of training courses and exams designed to certify guides and instructors to the highly respected standards of the ACMG. 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 are certified please explore these pages.


What is it

  • It is a series of training courses and exams designed to develop the skills and knowledge required to be a professional guide or instructor.
  • Mountain guide, hiking guide, via ferrata guide, climbing gym instructor, and top rope instructor programs are offered.


  • Candidates will have the opportunity to pursue certification to the high standards of the ACMG, which is 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 member-countries

Training and Assessment Program

mg icon Mountain Guide Stream- Three Disciplines :

Alpine Guide, Ski Guide, and Rock Guide. Completion of the program confers Mountain Guide certification, which qualifies ACMG members for recognition throughout the world in member countries of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations.

hg icon Hiking Guide Stream:

Apprentice 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

ci icon Climbing Instructor Stream - Three Disciplines:

Climbing Gym Instructors teach climbing on artificial structures. Top Rope Climbing Instructors work with groups in simple outdoor rock climbing terrain with easy access where students do not require anchoring between climbs or rappels. Via Ferrata Guides lead clients on climbing or exposed scrambling routes that are protected using special safety equipment.

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