Membership & Benefits

Climbers are an irreverent bunch. Organizing them is about as easy as picking up scattered marbles with chopsticks. Extraordinarily, the AMGA has successfully implemented its vision of standardizing the guiding profession across America’s vast and wild climbing and ski mountaineering community. How did we do it? We are and have always been the experts in the business of being a guide. And, our focus from the beginning has been on serving and representing you—our members.

By becoming an AMGA member, you are joining a team of guides who share similar professional goals. As an organization, the collective voice of your profession is strengthened and the momentum of your craft accelerated. Clients, land managers, and outdoor industry leaders look to the AMGA for excellence, support, and viable solutions. By joining the AMGA, you become a part of the future of guiding.

Become part of the American Mountain Guides Association in one of two ways:

  1. Professional Membership - This includes any professional who is enrolling in our Climbing Wall Instructor, Single Pitch Instructor, or Guide Track programs or who is affiliated with an Accredited Business;
  2. Supporter Membership – Whether you are a client, or simply someone who loves being a part of and contributing to the success of America’s dynamic mountain community. This membership is donation based and 100% tax deductible.

Professional Member


Become a Professional Member, and take your first step toward being an important part of the guiding, climbing, and skiing community. This membership opens the door to a plethora of educational and networking opportunities. It also allows aspiring guides to take those next crucial steps toward becoming full-fledged guides. Network with like-minded individuals, and start the training process toward becoming a certified climbing instructor or guide!

All Professional Members pay an annual fee. If you hold a certification through the AMGA, there will be an additional fee for your highest level of certification. Find the Table of Membership and Certification Fees here. These ensure that your AMGA certification is valid and gives you the ability to use and access the respective affiliate trademarks and logos.

  • Benefits:
    • Be included in a network of outdoor professionals and guides
    • Bi-annual AMGA’s new publication, GUIDE Bulletin
    • Monthly AMGA E-newsletter and updates on important issues in guiding as they arise
    • Access to AMGA member merchandise page
    • Certified members will be displayed on our hire-a-guide page
    • Invitation to attend the AMGA Annual Conference and professional development clinics
    • Eligibility to apply for AMGA climbing instructor level courses (CWI and SPI) and Guide track programs.
    • Access to Tech Videos from our AMGA Instructor Team
    • Receive special promotions from corporate partners
    • Take advantage of the AMGA’s extensive advertising, which directs potential clients to the place on the AMGA website where they can review and hire-a-guide.
    • Qualified members will have access to generous Pro-Purchase discounts from our corporate partners.
    • Qualified members can actively participate in our governance process.
    • Collaborative Advocacy Work on a National Level
    • And much more!

Become a Professional Member here!

Supporter Member

Support  the  only organization  that  has  spent  the  last  30 years  inspiring  and  supporting  a  culture of American  mountain  craft. The Supporter contribution is 100% tax-deductible and begins with a minimum $40 donation. Any donation of $50 or more includes our biannual GUIDE Bulletin publication. Receive monthly e-newsletters and updates on the guiding profession and the AMGA. Your support is instrumental in accomplishing the mission of the AMGA and bringing awareness to professional guiding in the US.

Become a Supporter Member if:MemberLevels3

  • You want to become  part  of  a  network  of professional  guides who  have  the  knowledge to  ensure  that  clients thrive in the vertical wilderness.
  • You promote and hire guides to take you out on your adventures.
  • You aren’t taking programs with the AMGA.
  • You have taken AMGA programs, but are no longer using your training and/or certification and still want to support the AMGA.

**NOTE: Certifications and training levels are not valid at a supporter level. Supporter members are not eligible to vote in AMGA elections, even with prior eligibility to vote with the appropriate training and certification levels.

Become a Supporter Member here!

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Increase the value and prestige of your company through Accreditation. We only accredit guiding companies, schools, and programs that meet or exceed the high operational standards required during an extensive safety and business review. We advocate for your organization, and we ensure prospective clients and guides know about your unquestionable excellence. Become accredited today!

  1. Accreditation Review Fee (Every four years): Fees are based on the size of the company
  2. Annual Dues: $250 Accredited Business; $50 Sole Proprietorship
  3. Benefits:
    • Demonstrate to the general public and land managers that your program meets or exceeds industry standards.
    • Improve your program with a thorough and valuable review of your business practices and risk management plan.
    • Provide your full-time guides with a 10% discount on AMGA Guide Program courses and exams.
    • Use the AMGA Accredited Business logo in marketing and promotional materials.
    • Gain greater exposure for your organization by being listed on the AMGA and industry affiliates websites.
    • Post jobs at no charge on the AMGA’s E-Newsletter or Facebook page.
    • Gain access to public lands where AMGA Accreditation or Certification is required to obtain a commercial use permit.
    • For more Accreditation information, please contact Ed Crothers.

    To join the AMGA, please follow this link. If you need assistance or more information, contact Valerie Bender at [email protected] or 303.271.0984, ext.6#.