Join Us | For 40 years, we’ve been setting the standard for professional guides and climbing instructors in the United States.

In 1979 a handful of guides met informally in the Tetons to talk about the future of guiding in America. They walked away with some audacious goals: to bring together the guiding community, to professionalize the industry, and to make guiding and instructing a sustainable career. For the past 40 years, the AMGA has served our community and led the way in the business of being a guide. 

From aspiring guides and instructors to seasoned veterans, we are more than 4,000 members strong and counting. When you become an AMGA member, you belong to a community of guides and instructors who take their profession seriously. As a group we have collective influence and serve as the voice of American guiding and instruction. Clients, land managers, and outdoor industry leaders look to the AMGA for excellence, support, and viable solutions that carry our craft forward. By joining the AMGA, you become a vital contributor to the future of guiding.

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Membership Types

Professional Supporter
Professional Membership in the AMGA is the first step toward becoming an important part of the guiding, climbing, and skiing community. You’ll network with other guides and instructors, take crucial next steps in your professional development, work towards certifications based on internationally endorsed standards, and open the door to educational and networking opportunities. Support the only organization that has spent more than 40 years inspiring and supporting a culture of American guiding and instruction. You’ll get the inside scoop on the latest in our network of professional guides, and your support is instrumental in accomplishing the AMGA’s important work.
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 Professional Supporter
Updates and communication on the latest in American guiding
Access to networking opportunities with outdoor professionals and guides
Advocate for policies that improve access for guides
Eligibility to apply for AMGA Climbing Instructor level courses (CWI and SPI) and Guide track programs
Access to generous pro purchase discounts from our corporate partners
Invitations to the AMGA Annual Meeting and Regional events with professional development clinics and networking opportunities
Access to ongoing educational opportunities and Tech Tip videos from our Instructor Team
Participation in AMGA governance*

*For CWIs and higher certifications and training levels only


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