How to Apply – Mountain Guide Programs

  • Joining and Applying

    Join the AMGA, and start applying for your AMGA course or exam today!

    Application instructions:

    Step 1: Join the AMGA (or log-in to your existing account)

    Step 2: Apply to Your Course or Exam

    • Sign in to your myAMGA account.
    • Click the "Apply for a Program" tab.
    • Select the discipline and course type you are applying to.
    • Select the specific date of the program you are applying to and click "apply."
    • Confirm your prerequisites.
    • Pay your non-refundable $65 application fee.
    • Download, fill out and upload your resume to your AMGA profile.
    • Upload your WFR, CPR and any required Avalanche Certification (if pertinent to your program).
    • Make sure you have updated your AMGA Health Statement and Emergency Contact information on your AMGA profile.
    • Complete all of the above steps by the applicable Application Deadline!

    To be considered for enrollment you must submit a complete application. A complete application includes the following:

    • You meet all of the prerequisites for the course or exam for which you are applying, including any previous coursework that needs to be completed.
    • You have paid the $65.00 application fee.
    • Your resume is complete.
    • You have uploaded your certification forms for WFR, CPR and avalanche education (where necessary).
    • You have filled out the AMGA Health Statement.
    • You have submitted your application by the application deadline.


  • Application Review

    Application Review

    Applications will not be reviewed for enrollment until after the application deadline has passed for that course or exam. If you apply for a course or exam after the application deadline has passed, your application will be reviewed in the order it was received.

    Enrollment decisions are based on a number of factors including the following:

    • Priority enrollment is given to scholarship recipients.
    • Priority enrollment is given to employees of Accredited Businesses (15% of spaces reserved).
    • Complete application is received by the application deadline.
    • Resume completeness and strength.
    • Evaluations from previous courses and exams.
    • Previous waitlist status.

    Incomplete applications will not be accepted and conditional enrollments will only be offered if there is space available. If your application is complete and received by the application deadline, the AMGA will make every effort to enroll you on your course or exam. However, space is limited. If we are unable to enroll you on your course or exam, you will be added to the waitlist and contacted if a space becomes available or if we are able to add another program.



  • Application and Notification Deadlines

    Application and Notification Deadlines

    • The application deadline is when your complete application is due.
    • The notification deadline is the latest date you will be contacted in regard to your enrollment.
    • Applications received after the application deadline will be reviewed on a rolling admission.
      Program DatesApplication DeadlineNotification Deadline
      Programs with start dates between December 15, 2021 and May 15, 2022October 3, 2021October 22, 2021
      Programs with start dates between May 16 - July 31, 2022 and ALL Alpine Skills CoursesJanuary 12, 2022January 28, 2022
      Programs with start dates between August 1 and November 15, 2022April 4, 2022April 29, 2022
  • Enrollment

    You're Enrolled!

    Once your application is approved and you have been accepted into a course or exam:

    • An acceptance letter will be e-mailed to you with important dates and information regarding your program.
    • Pay your $500.00 deposit (due two weeks from your date of acceptance). Log-in to myAMGA to pay your course deposit ($150 is nonrefundable if you drop out of the course or exam).
    • Payment in full is due 10 weeks before the course or exam begins.
    • At 7-8 weeks from the start of your course or exam, you will receive an e-mail from the AMGA with important course information, including: a Welcome Letter, a Course Roster, a Logistics Packet, and a Course or Exam Manual.
    • At 1 to 2 weeks from the start of your course or exam, you can expect to hear from the Course or Exam Director with more program details.


  • Mountain Guide Program Payment, Transfer, Cancellation & Refund Policies


    • To accept and hold your space on a program, a deposit of $500.00 is due within two weeks of acceptance. Failure to pay your deposit will result in being dropped from the program
      • $150.00 of your program deposit is always non-refundable
    • Your full tuition is due within ten weeks of the program’s start date. Failure to pay your full tuition will result in being dropped from the program. 


    • You can transfer from one program to another (within the same calendar year and enrollment period) if it is outside of ten weeks prior to the program’s start date. 
      • There is a $150.00 transfer fee.
    • If you would like to transfer within ten weeks of a program’s start date, the AMGA retains 100% of your tuition toward the original program. 

    Cancellation & Refund:

      • If you cancel your enrollment for any reason outside of ten weeks prior to the program’s start date, you’ll be refunded all but $150.00 of your tuition.
      • If you cancel your enrollment within ten weeks of the program’s start date, the AMGA will retain 100% of your tuition. Please note:
        • IF AMGA is able to fill your space on the program with another qualified participant, we will refund your tuition less the $500.00 deposit.
      • You will receive a full tuition refund if the AMGA cancels the program prior to the program’s start date. The AMGA is not responsible for costs associated in these cases, outside of tuition.
        • Although rare, the AMGA reserves the right to change a program location at any time due to unforeseen circumstances (for example, local snow or ice conditions that make the venue unsuitable). The AMGA is not responsible for costs associated in these cases. 
      • If the AMGA cancels your program after the program has begun (for example, Covid-19 restrictions, or other circumstances) you will receive a prorated refund or tuition credit.
      • If you have to leave your program after the program has begun, for any reason, the AMGA will retain 100% of your tuition. There is no refund or tuition credit option. 
      • We strongly recommend that you purchase Trip Insurance to protect your tuition investment and other associated costs with your program. 



  • Mountain Guide Program Cancellation Policies | 2021 | COVID-19

    If AMGA cancels your program in 2021 due to COVID-19 related impacts or restrictions, we will provide a 100% tuition transfer/credit*, or refund (please note, this excludes the $65.00 application fee and any personal travel expenses or reservations).

    For students:

    • If you need to cancel due to direct impacts of COVID-19 between your full tuition deadline date and prior to the start of the program, you will receive a 75% non-refundable tuition transfer/credit.* Direct impacts of COVID-19 may include: you or an immediate family member becoming infected with COVID-19, you having a high risk exposure to a COVID-19 infected individual, or closures or travel restrictions that prohibit you from getting to your AMGA program.^
    • If you arrive with COVID-19 symptoms and are unable to participate in the program, or you arrive at your program and cannot participate due to a direct impact of COVID-19, you will receive a non-refundable 50% tuition transfer/credit.*
    • If AMGA suspends a program in the field due to COVID-19 developments (e.g., public lands closure, travel restrictions, shelter-in-place order, etc), AMGA will provide a non-refundable prorated tuition transfer/credit.*
    • If you need to cancel your enrollment for any other reasons, standard AMGA cancellation policies apply (with the exception that we are temporarily changing our applicable 10 week deadlines to 6 week).
    • It is strongly recommended that you purchase Trip Insurance to protect your tuition investment and other associated costs with your program.

    * Tuition credit valid through December 31, 2022
    ^ In the event of cancellation due to COVID-19 as described above, you will need to provide AMGA with documentation from a medical professional supporting your withdrawal from the program. Concern or worry around travel is not considered a covered direct impact.

  • Covid-19 Vaccine Requirement

    • The AMGA requires proof of Covid-19 Vaccination to participate in Mountain Guide Programs (effective October 1, 2021).
    • You will need to upload your Covid-19 Vaccine Card to your myAMGA dashboard by the drop deadline for your program.
    • If you do not upload your proof of vaccination by the drop deadline, you will be dropped from the program and given a refund less $150.00.
    • To assist any student with a disability or a sincerely held religious belief that prevents them from being vaccinated, a reasonable accommodation may be made. To request such accommodation please email [email protected] no later than 12 weeks prior to your scheduled course or exam.

  • Other Important Information

    Other important information:

    • If you work for an accredited guide service you are eligible to receive a discount of 10% off the full tuition cost for any AMGA Mountain Guide Program. You must prove you are an employee by having your employer submit a letter on your behalf to [email protected].
    • The AMGA is happy to extend a 10% discount to active military and veterans. Please submit proof of status to [email protected].
    • If you fail to pay your program deposit or balance by the applicable due dates, you may be dropped from your course or exam without warning or refund.
    • We recommend that you purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance in case of program venue changes, cancellations or if you need to drop your course due to last-minute injuries, family emergencies, or other unforeseen circumstances.
    • 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.
    • 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.