Coronavirus Update

Updated March 24th, 2020 | This page will be updated regularly as soon as new information comes to light 

The situation surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve rapidly. 

On March 12, the CDC updated the COVID-19 Situation Summary for the United States to reflect the status of the Coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic. On March 13, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency. By March 15, AMGA made the decision to cancel all in-process and remaining Mountain Guide Programs for the month of March. 

In the last few weeks, additional restrictions have been put in place around the country including “shelter in place” orders and the closure of non-essential services.  Resources our courses could depend upon have become strained or unavailable. 


We are following the situation closely and taking the following action:

  • We will continue to monitor CDC recommendations for the general public as well as site-specific notifications for AMGA Program venues.
  • Should new developments or changes occur, we will communicate these updates to our students, instructors and staff as proactively as possible.
  • AMGA’s Medical Advisor is part of our response team tracking the situation and guiding proactive decisions regarding our programs
  • Staff in the National office are available to assist members with questions related to AMGA courses, travel insurance, or other related topics.

Mountain Guide Programs

The safety of our students, instructors, and the entire AMGA community is our first priority. Based on the information available to us at this time, we believe the best way for us to ensure the safety of our community is to cancel all AMGA Mountain Guide Programs scheduled to begin in March and April. 

For more information about program cancelations including a list of programs and AMGA follow up read this document.

The decision to cancel these courses has been difficult and we understand the cancellations will pose challenges for all of us. We have been in contact with all March and April students and instructor team members via phone or email.

For Mountain Guide Programs Starting after May 1, 2020

At this time, we are currently evaluating the feasibility of running programs scheduled to start in May and beyond. We will update you as swiftly as possible should the status of your program change. We greatly appreciate your understanding and patience during this time of uncertainty.

Climbing Instructor Programs

The Mountain Guide Program cancellations are not applicable to Climbing Wall and Single Pitch Instructor Programs. CWI and SPI Program enrollment is managed directly by the 3rd party provider/company teaching the program. 

Decisions surrounding cancellation and refunds are dependent on the provider/company facilitating the programs. We have advocated for providers/companies to reach out directly to students enrolled on their 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 will be allowing 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] 

If your SPI or CWI certification expires between March 1st – June 30th you may be eligible for a 6 month certification extension.

Click here for more information, including a link to apply.

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.


For in depth resources on Congressional Aid Packages for individuals and small businesses, unemployment, business communications and much more:

Visit our Coronavirus Resources Page