Code of Ethics & Conduct
The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) requires all of its members to be ethical and professional in the conduct of their business and personal lives. This Code of Ethics applies to all members of the AMGA, including certified guides, instructors, accredited guide services, aspirants, and students (Members).
- All personal objectives and the objectives of our clients must be subordinate to the safety and care of our clients.
- The safety of the public is our concern, and where possible and practical, we must provide assistance to those having difficulty by offering help which is appropriate under the circumstances and if it does not compromise the safety of our clients.
- Our clients have the right to expect us to be up-to-date on the latest methods and techniques and to use appropriate and well-functioning equipment.
- We must always be aware of our own physical, technical, and experiential limitations. We must use routes and terrain that are within our expertise and capabilities.
- As AMGA guides, whether certified, aspirant, or student, and as instructors and Members, we are expected to teach and practice Leave No Trace principles at all times.
- We strive to be knowledgeable of local natural and cultural history.
- At all times, we represent the AMGA and should conduct ourselves in a manner that reflects well on the AMGA. This applies not only on AMGA courses, but anytime we are interacting with clients, the public, or others including government agencies. We must work within the framework of the AMGA Professional and Terrain Guidelines and Accreditation guidelines and contracts. This includes accurately and unambiguously representing the level of our certification to clients, government agencies, the public, and others.
- As AMGA guides, whether certified, aspirant, or student, and as instructors and Members, we are expected to work within the permit, certification, and aspirant requirements of the country and/or land agency in or under which we intend to work. We are also required to obey all laws, rules, and regulations applicable to our guiding or other activities. AMGA Members should represent themselves fairly and adequately.
Final Draft 1 — Effective October 21, 2007 (revised October 2012)