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Continuing Professional Development

As certified guides, you are at the forefront of the industry. You use the most technologically advanced tools and most innovative soft goods, and you are often the most skilled technical climbers and skiers in the mountains. To help you maintain your edge, the AMGA developed a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) program. Step by step, we’ll take you from your current skill level and help you advance those skills, develop your knowledge base, and further your career. CPD for AMGA guides includes:

  1. Initial training through guides courses;
  2. Active practice as a guide, and;
  3. Regular training and upgrades.

Active, certified AMGA members are expected to always maintain the following minimum requirements:

  1. Hold and maintain valid first aid credentials; Wilderness First Responder or Outdoor Emergency Care courses with an original minimum 60-hour course length.
  2. Work a minimum of 10 days every two years in each discipline of certification. In addition to standard guiding days with clients, this may include:
    • Work as a risk manager in the particular discipline for individuals and or operations, outside of normal guiding parameters.
    • Work as an instructor on educational programs related to the discipline, such as AMGA training and certification programs, guides training for mountain guiding companies and educational seminars.
    • Work activity related to public safety/works but not necessarily related to client work.
    • Receive continuous and diverse training in each discipline of certification including one day of professional development (eight hours) per discipline per year or three days total in two years for IFMGA guides. This may include but is not limited to:
    • AMGA or other IFMGA/UIAGM Instructor pool training days;
    • AMGA training and certification programs if not already certified in particular discipline;
    • AMGA continuing education seminars offered at the annual meeting or as scheduled programs, i.e. ice instructor seminar, mechanized ski seminar or AMGA/PSIA instructor training/certification programs;
    • Workshops independent of the AMGA but pertinent to the profession such as International Snow Science Workshops, natural history programs, AIARE instructor training programs, Rigging for Rescue, Wilderness Risk Managers Conferences, etc;
    • Observation of training and certification programs in other IFMGA/ UIAGM countries;
    • Attendance at IFMGA/UIAGM international meetings;
    • Note: there may be many other items that fit into the continuing education guidelines that are not listed. These should receive prior approval from the Technical Director before being listed.