Coronavirus Update

Updated Aug 23, 2021 | This page will be updated regularly as soon as new information comes to light 

Mountain Guide Programs

The situation surrounding the Coronavirus continues to evolve and the health and safety of our students, instructors and greater communities continue to be our highest priority.

At this time we have cancelled all programs that were scheduled through August 10, 2020While we know this grand pause is disappointing, it will allow us to work with our students to offer program deferments or tuition refunds.

The past several months have been challenging as our entire world has had to make changes in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. AMGA programs have been cancelled, guides and guide businesses have shut down for extended periods of time, and we are all faced with questions and complexities about how and when to begin operating again given this new era of CV-19.

Throughout all of this, AMGA Executive Director Alex Kosseff has reiterated that the AMGA and its membership will emerge as a stronger community and that AMGA will look for new ways to support its membership through and after this crisis. Another important theme of Alex’s leadership is that we need to be dynamic, compassionate, and creative. 

As we continue to adapt and plan for fall programming we are keeping these themes in mind: 

  • We need to be dynamic and able to adapt (we are adding more programs to accommodate our impacted students from this spring and summer, adjusting our staffing to include additional coursework and decreased travel for instructors, and looking at new or extended venues). 
  • We need to be compassionate (we know that delays and unknowns are challenging for our students, instructors and staff). 
  • We need to be creative (we are working to eliminate or decrease classroom sessions and are actively creating online learning modules for many programs to complete in advance of field time). 

Given this, we kindly ask for your understanding and patience as we need to postpone the fall notification deadline. We will send out enrollment notification letters in early July. Please note, we will work to get all notifications out earlier if possible, especially to those who have applied to August and early September programs. We have a lot of work to do to reschedule and get AMGA programs going again. We are excited to do this and look forward to sending out enrollment letters again soon!

Please take the time to read through the links and information below and do not hesitate to contact us contact if you have questions or concerns. 

Climbing Instructor Programs

If you have questions surrounding enrollment on a CWI or SPI program in the near future, please reach out directly to the provider or company offering the program.

Grace Period for SPI and CWI Recertification:

Many certified SPI’s and CWI’s are worried that if their certification expires during the Coronavirus pandemic, and no recertification courses are available, they will be forced to retake the entire course and exam. Rest assured, the AMGA allows expired SPI’s and CWI’s to recertify at a later date when recertification courses are available again. Please note, expired certifications will no longer be valid but it will be possible to recertify without having to retake the entire course prior to the exam. If this scenario applies to you or your colleagues and you need additional clarification, contact [email protected] 

The AMGA offered a 6 month certification extension for SPI or CWI certifications that expired between March 1st – August 31st 2020. This option is no longer available as programs are back up and running.

*this policy was initially stated until June 30th and was recently extended to incorporate members with certifications expiring through August 31st

Click here for more information, including a link to apply (link was only valid in 2020 and has expired).

What AMGA is Doing

AMGA continues to monitor the situation closely and is committed to taking the following action:

  • Monitoring CDC recommendations for the general public as well as site-specific notifications for AMGA Program venues
  • Communicating new developments and changes to our students, instructors and staff as proactively as possible
  • Engaging AMGA’s Medical Advisor as part of our response team to help guide decisions regarding our programs
  • Supporting our membership: staff in the National office are available to assist members with questions related to AMGA courses and membership and are working hard to provide AMGA specific resources and webinars around Coronavirus
  • For in depth resources on Congressional Aid Packages for individuals and small businesses, unemployment, business communications and much more:



For Questions & Assistance

Please note, we are experiencing a high volume of email and phone inquiries at this time. We will get back to you as quickly as possible and we appreciate your patience and understanding during this busy and uncertain time. 

FOR THE QUICKEST RESPONSE, PLEASE EMAIL [email protected], or call 303-459-7916 during business hours. 

We will continue to keep you informed as the situation evolves. Information will be posted on this webpage and we will send updates. The AMGA community is resilient and we are confident we will get through this together.