Professional Membership

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.


Your Professional Membership in the AMGA gives you access to the tools you need to build a sustainable career in guiding and instruction. Here’s what you get when you join:

  • Eligibility to apply for AMGA climbing instructor level courses (CWI and SPI) and Mountain Guide programs, which will put you on the track to your standards-based certification
  • Inclusion in the preeminent network of outdoor professionals, guides, and instructors
  • Collaborative advocacy work on a national level
  • Access to generous Pro-Purchase discounts from our corporate partners. Different deals are offered to different certification levels.
  • Access to discounted group rates on guide friendly Life and Disability Insurance
  • Twice-annual issues of the AMGA’s print publication, the GUIDE Bulletin
  • Monthly AMGA E-newsletter and updates on important issues in guiding as they arise
  • Access to AMGA member merchandise page
  • Invitation to attend the AMGA Annual Meeting and Regional Events
  • Access to Tech Videos from our AMGA Instructor Team
  • Special promotions from corporate partners
  • Your name displayed on our hire-a-guide page (certified members only)
  • Participation in governance process (Certified CWI’s and Apprentice Rock Guides or higher)


All Professional Members pay an annual fee, and it’s dependent on your highest level of certification. Here’s how those fees break down: 

 Membership FeeCertification FeeTotal
Professional Member$120$0$120
Climbing Wall Instructor$120$5$125
Single Pitch Instructor$120$10$130
Certified Guide$120$50$170
IFMGA via AMGA$120$170$290
IFMGA via Reciprocal$120$70$190

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Membership cancellation requests received within 30 days of joining or renewing may be eligible to receive a full refund less a $10 cancellation fee. Cancellations requests received after 30-days will not be eligible for a refund. Cancellations will be accepted via phone or email, and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline. All refund requests must be made by the primary membership contact or credit card holder. Refunds will be credited back to the original credit card used for payment.