• Find a Guide, or Become One

    What We Do

    Click the image above to learn what we do

  • AMGA Photos

    Programs

    Dreaming of becoming a guide? Click the image above to get started!

  • AMGAFindAGuideBanner

    Hire A Guide

    Share our love of mountain culture, and learn from our certified experts. Click above to find a guide anywhere in the world.

  • AMGAWhoWeAreBanner

    Who We Are

    Inspiring and supporting a culture of American mountain craft.

About the AMGA

The AMGA’s founding fathers were hardcore climbers and skiers who understood the outdoor culture thoroughly. They realized the soul of these sports didn’t have to be compromised by organization. Organization could instead serve to bring the community together in a revolutionary way. It could provide mountain guides with resources, services, and credentials to boost their careers, but also with connections to each other and to the larger community of guides and clients across the country and around the globe. These are the ways we lead and promote the guiding community:

  • AMGA Programs: Courses & Certifications
  • Memberships
  • Advocacy

Learn More

SponsorTab

Donate / Sponsor

Our programs succeed because of our partnerships with you—our members, personal donors, outdoor industry businesses, and foundations. In order to keep our courses and exams affordable for our guides, we rely on your monetary support. But more than that, your financial assistance means the AMGA can professionalize the guiding profession.

Learn More
ForAspiringGuidesTab

For Aspiring Guides

Become an international guide and work anywhere in Europe or Asia, or just take a step in that direction and work throughout the United States. The International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA) and the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA) have endorsed the 300+ programs the AMGA runs each year.

Learn More
ForGuidesTab

For Guides

By becoming an AMGA member, you are joining a team of guides who share similar professional goals. As an organization, the collective voice of your profession is strengthened and the momentum of your craft accelerated. Clients, land managers, and outdoor industry leaders look to the AMGA for excellence, support, and viable solutions.

Learn More

FAQ

Learn about the difference between certification and accreditation, guides and instructors, how to apply for courses, exams and assessments and much more by visiting our FAQ page.

Learn More