Membership By The Numbers
Our members are the heart and soul of our association. They are a dedicated, skilled group of individuals. The ACMG has a number of certification streams that allow us to meet the many and varied guiding and instructional needs of the land-based outdoor user.
Membership numbers should not be considered completely accurate since they are updated only when there has been a significant change.
Membership by Class
The ACMG has three different streams of certification. Many of our members are certified in more than one discipline but for this chart we have divided them into their current member class.
Membership by Certification
These charts show membership by certification and since many members hold more than one certification, the numbers will exceed our membership total.
The Climbing Instructor Program consists of two certification streams. 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.
There are two levels in the Hiking Program: 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 moves or equipment. The Day Hiking Guide is a legacy certification; they lead day hikes and do not require supervision.
The Mountain Program consists of three certification streams; Alpine Guide, Ski Guide, and Rock Guide. Completion of the program confers the prestigious Mountain Guide certification, which qualifies ACMG members for recognition throughout the world in IFMGA member countries. Apprentice guides are not yet certified, require supervision and are working towards their certification as a Specialty Guide or Mountain Guide.
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