Call for Professional Compliance Committee Members 2022

On January 1, 2022 the AMGA launched the new Professional Compliance Program after over a year of work to update and improve the process. As part of this work, we are making an open call for AMGA members to apply to join the Professional Compliance Committee. New committee members will serve a two-year term.

Committee Purpose

The AMGA Professional Compliance Committee (PCC) supports the mission of the AMGA Professional Compliance Program by providing an impartial and objective review of Speak Up complaints that are submitted to the AMGA. PCC members serve an essential role in making the AMGA a welcoming and professional environment for all AMGA members.

The PCC meets on an occasional basis to review and adjudicate Speak Up complaints. Currently the PCC has 10 members, and we are looking to expand to 15 for 2022.

The application process has been updated in 2022 to add more transparency and objectivity to the committee’s identification and selection of new members. See the evaluation rubric for more details on how applications will be assessed. To apply, please complete an application here.

We appreciate everyone’s patience and flexibility as we navigate this new application process, with the intention of inclusion. Below, you’ll find some updates on this work. As always, please reach out to [email protected] with any questions, concerns, or feedback.

Committee Selection Process


  • Applications open: June 14, 2022
  • Applications close: August 15, 2022
  • Review of applications: September 2022
  • Final decisions: October 2022

Three members of the Professional Compliance Committee, along with two additional volunteer BOD members, will score all the applicants using this rubric. After the applications have been scored, this team will convene via video call to make the final selections. Final selections will be made via consensus. Members selected will serve on the Professional Compliance Committee for two years.

If you’re interested in joining the Professional Compliance Committee, please apply here or encourage someone who you think would be a good fit to apply! We intend to announce final selections by the AMGA’s October 2022 Board of Directors meeting.

Committee Gaps

As a committee, we’ve tried to identify some of the most prominent gaps in our membership, which are outlined below. We realize that other gaps in the committee’s knowledge and experience also exist, and it’s unlikely that we’ll be able to have a committee composition that represents all populations in the AMGA community. However, our hope is that by being diligent about regularly rotating the committee’s members and intentionally selecting new members, we can do work that serves and reflects the community of guides and climbing instructors in the US. We encourage you to apply even if you don’t check any of these boxes; there are many ways to contribute!

  • Our current committee consists mostly of individuals who identify as men – we encourage candidates who identify as nonbinary, women, and other gender identities to apply.
  • Our current committee has limited involvement from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) – we encourage BIPOC candidates to apply.
  • Our current committee has only cis-gendered people. We encourage those from other gender identities to apply.
  • Our committee does not have representation from the community of guides and climbing instructors with disabilities. We encourage guides and climbing instructors with disabilities to apply.
  • Our current committee has low representation from the SPI and CWI community. We encourage climbing instructors or providers to apply.
  • Our current committee has even representation from different regions of the US and abroad. We would like to maintain this representation and will be seeking candidates from a variety of regions.

Committee Time Commitments

The Professional Compliance Committee draws from its membership to review cases as they arise. Cases may arise as often as once a month or more – and may arise less often. Each case is different, but generally involves a one-hour meeting that typically requires an additional 30-60 minutes of prep time. The Professional Compliance Committee will work with incoming members to further define time commitments, but a committee member can expect to spend an average of 2 hours per month on committee work. Committee members selected will serve a two-year term, at which point they can apply for an additional term.

We hope these updates are useful to everyone. Again, for questions, concerns, and feedback about this new process, please feel free to reach out at [email protected].