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Inspiring and supporting a culture of American mountain craft.
The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) is a 501(c)(3) educational non‐profit that is dedicated to supporting the American mountain guiding community. Our mission is to be the leader in education, standards, and advocacy for professional guides and climbing instructors.
As the leading organization of America’s most vibrant, inspiring community of climbers and skiers, the AMGA offers you cutting edge knowledge and hundreds of years of collective experience that you won’t get from any other climbing organization.
Your financial assistance means the AMGA can professionalize the guiding profession. It means our guides can receive world class training and have sustainable careers, that the stunning wild areas in which they work will be protected, and the AMGA can continue to educate land managers and outdoor industry leaders.
The AMGA’s founders were climbers and skiers with a deep commitment to and understanding of outdoor culture. 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:
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.
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.
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.
Find out how to 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.