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.


The following membership numbers are current as of

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Membership by Stream

The ACMG has three different streams of certification. Many of our members are certified in more than one discipline (resulting, here, in sums greater than our total membership). The display includes totals for active and inactive members.



Climbing Instructor Stream
Hiking Guides Stream
Mountain Guide Stream
Total Number of Active Members
Total Number of Members

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.

ci icon Climbing Instructor Stream

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.

Climbing Gym Instructor Level 2
Climbing Gym Instructor Level 3
Top Rope Climbing Instructor
Via Ferrata Guide

hg icon Hiking Guide Stream

There are two levels in the Hiking Program: 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 moves or equipment. The Day Hiking Guide is a legacy certification; they lead day hikes and do not require supervision.

Apprentice Hiking Guide
Day Hiking Guide
Hiking Guide

mg icon Mountain Guide Stream

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.

Apprentice Guides

Apprentice Rock Guide
Apprentice Alpine Guide
Apprentice Ski Guide

Specialty Guides

Rock Guide
Alpine Guide
Ski Guide

Mountain Guides

Mountain Guide

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