AMGA CODE OF ETHICS AND CONDUCT
Final Draft 1 — Effective October 21, 2007
The American Mountain Guides Association (“AMGA”) requires all of its members to be ethical and professional in the conduct of their business and personal lives. This Code of Ethics applies to all of us who are members of the AMGA, including certified guides, instructors, accredited guide services, aspirants and students ( “Members”). Any violation of this Code of Ethics and Conduct may result in disciplinary action as set forth herein.
- The safety and care of our clients must be our prime concern at all times. All personal objectives and the objectives of our clients must be subordinate to this concern.
- The safety of the public is also our concern and we must, where possible and practical, provide assistance to those having difficulty by offering help which is appropriate under the circumstances. This, however, we can do only if it does not compromise the safety of our clients.
- Our clients have the right to expect us to be up-to-date on methods and techniques and to use appropriate and well-functioning equipment.
- We must always be aware of our own physical, technical and experiential limitations. We must use routes and terrain which are within our expertise and capabilities.
- As AMGA guides, whether certified, aspirant or student, and as instructors and Members, we are expected to teach and practice Leave No Trace principles at all times.
- We should also strive to be knowledgeable of local natural and cultural history.
- At all times, we are representatives of the AMGA and should conduct ourselves in a manner that reflects well on the AMGA. This applies not only on AMGA courses, but anytime we are interacting with clients, the public, or others including government agencies. We must always strive to work within the framework of the AMGA Professional and Terrain Guidelines as defined by the Training and Certification Program Handbook and by Accreditation Contracts. This includes accurately and unambiguously representing the level of our certification to clients, government agencies, the public and others.
- As AMGA guides, whether certified, aspirant or student, and as instructors and Members, we are expected to work within the permit, certification and aspirant requirements of the country and/or land agency in or under which we intend to work. We are also required to obey all laws, rules and regulations applicable to our guiding or other activities. AMGA Members should represent themselves fairly and adequately.