International Endorsements

The prestigious International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA) recognized the AMGA’s Mountain Guide Programs in 1997, thereby welcoming America’s only mountain guide association into its ranks. A 22-member international governing body, the IFMGA sets the worldwide technical standard for mountain guiding and instruction. Becoming an IFMGA member was one of the AMGA’s most notable achievements. It took 17 years for the organization to refine its training programs to meet international standards, and the process involved third party observers from Canada and Switzerland and sponsorship by Canada, an already-accredited IFMGA country.

The AMGA is also the sole American organization whose Single Pitch Instructor and Climbing Wall Instructor programs have been approved by the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA). The UIAA recognized the AMGA in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

Read more about these internationally-recognized organizations:


ifmga-150x150International Federation of Mountain Guides Association
In 1965 in Zermatt (Switzerland), representatives of the mountain guides associations from Italy, France, Austria, and Switzerland decided to lay the foundations for an international federation of all mountain guides associations. Learn more about the federation on their website.



uiaa-150x150International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation
The UIAA is the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation. In the spirit of sport and friendship, the UIAA brings together nearly 1.3 million men, women, and children, joined by their passion for mountains. As a global community of volunteers, our members exchange ideas, give guidance, and work together in various areas. Visit the UIAA website to learn more.