How To Apply

  • Joining and Registering#1

    Join the AMGA, and start applying for your AMGA course or exam today! Click here to join or to renew your membership. We realize the application process is less than ideal. We are currently streamlining the process to better meet your needs. Stay tuned.

    Registration and payment instructions:

    Step 1: Joining and registering

    • Sign in to your account.
    • Find and click on the “Register for your Program” link.
    • Select the course or exam you would like to take.
    • Confirm your prerequisites. You must meet the prerequisites in order to apply.
    • Pay your nonrefundable $65 application fee. Once confirmed, you will be taken back to your account.
    • Scroll down to the “Programs Registration” section of your page.
    • Click on the “Please complete your climbing/skiing resume” link to complete your resume.
    • Download, fill out, and mail the Health Statement to the AMGA.
    • Mail the AMGA your certification forms for avalanche education (where necessary), wilderness medicine, and CPR.
    • You will be notified immediately when we receive your application fee.
    • Within two weeks we will contact you in regards to your enrollment status.

  • Application Review#2

    Step 2: Application Review

    • Applications will not be reviewed for enrollment until after the Application Deadline has passed for that course. If you apply for a course after the application deadline has passed, your application will be reviewed in the order it was received.
    • We will enroll you in the course or exam for which you apply if you meet the prerequisites and if there is space available.
    • The AMGAs’ acceptance of any student is subject to AMGAs’ receipt and review of all necessary forms and documents.

    Step 3: Once your application is approved

    • An enrollment agreement will be emailed to you. Fill it out, and return a signed copy to the AMGA within 14 days of the date located on enrollment agreement.
    • Visit to pay your deposit: 25% of the full course tuition rate, of which $150 is nonrefundable if you drop out of the course after 10-day grace period. (Grace period begins on the day enrollment agreement is received by office).
    • Please note that if you don’t send all your paperwork to the AMGA or pay your deposit within two weeks of receiving your enrollment agreement, you may be dropped from the course.
    • You need to pay the full amount for the course on or before 10 weeks before the course begins.
    • One week prior to program start you will be emailed a copy of the AMGA Acknowledgment of Risk and Liability Form for your review. You will complete this form on the first day of your course.

  • Health Statement#3

    Please submit the Health Statement document when you are applying for AMGA Programs.

  • Refunds#4

    Step 4: Refunds

    • You’ll receive a full refund if the AMGA cancels the course prior to the start.
    • If you cancel your course within eight weeks of the beginning of the course, you lose any money you have put toward the course.
    • If you cancel your course before eight weeks prior to the beginning of the course, you’ll be refunded all but $150 of your deposit.
    • You can transfer from one course to another as long as there is room in the course to which you want to transfer and it is before eight weeks prior to the beginning of the course. There is a $150.00 transfer fee.
    • If you would like to transfer within eight weeks of the beginning of the course, you lose any money you have put toward the original course.

  • Other Important Information#5

    Other important information:

    • The AMGA reserves the right to deny admission to anyone the AMGA deems unable to meet the physical, mental, social, or safety demands of our courses and exams.
    • If you work for an accredited guide service you are eligible to receive an NEWLY INCREASED discount of 10% off the full tuition cost for any AMGA program. You must prove you are an employee by having your employer submit a letter on your behalf on guide service letterhead.
    • If a program is full you can get on the waitlist by contacting the AMGA Office at
    • If a course is cancelled because of inclement weather, you are not eligible for a refund.
    • We recommend that you purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance in case you need to drop your course due to last-minute injuries or family emergencies.
    • Prices, program dates, ratios, and locations are subject to change without notice. Prices are subject to change depending on course enrollment. If a program does not meet the minimum ratio the original cost may vary or the program may be canceled.
    • The AMGA reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a program for any reason.