The mission of the CGC The Certified Guides Cooperative is a not-for-profit guides' co-op supporting AMGA certified and IFMGA credentialed guides by providing access in the United States and abroad.
The Certified Guides Cooperative (CGC) is a guide-owned, not-for-profit co-op formed in the United States, based in Washington State. The CGC provides services to not only AMGA Certified Guides with current AMGA memberships, but current certified guides from all IFMGA/UIAGM member countries. The CGC provides permit access and requisite insurance for guides to work in specific permit-held climbing areas. Although a separate entity from the AMGA, the CGC was formed to help provide needed access and insurance components for AMGA Certified Guides and IFMGA credentialed guides, which the AMGA is not designed to provide. Whereas the AMGA provides the educational/instructional and examination/certifying components of guiding in the US (and as a member country organization of the IFMGA), the CGC addresses permit access and insurance for Certified Guides, thus completing the key areas of need for the guiding community.
Certified Guides can take advantage of the available permits and insurance by becoming member/owners in the co-op with a onetime investment in the purchase of a single ownership share, followed by subsequent annual activation (as needed) for access to the various permits held by the CGC. The organization also provides channels for insurance for AMGA guides working in other countries, on a case by case basis. You may have a favorite certified guide, and if your guide is a member of the CGC, your guide can take you climbing anywhere the CGC has permits.
For up-to-date information on CGC membership, liability insurance, permits and news please Click Here.
Certified Guides Cooperative
216 1/2 58th Street
Seattle, WA 98103