Please take time to review the Frequently Asked Questions below. More questions? Email [email protected]
Affinity spaces are designed for people who share a specific identity or experience. Affinity spaces can be designed for people who share a similar identity around their gender, their sexual orientation, race, or intersection of various identities. The AMGA’s affinity courses are designed to increase access and mentorship for people whose identities are underrepresented in the climbing and snow sports community.
Our membership has expressed continuous interest in affinity programs and thanks to our partner’s support, we are able to increase programs this year. Affinity programs are an important part of our larger strategic plan and work at the AMGA. You can read more here.
Yes, people have intersecting identities and fully recognize that you may have the desire to apply to more than one program. You can submit your google form application (essay questions) ONCE and check off all the programs you want to be considered for. We will review all applications and take your application information into consideration when finalizing program acceptance.
There are two steps for this process. You will need to be an AMGA Member to submit an application via your My AMGA account and an additional application with essay questions. You will be able to submit a SINGLE essay application at ONCE and check off multiple programs that you would like to be considered for. No need to submit multiple or separate essay applications for each program. However please note that you need to apply via your My AMGA for each program. Ex: You can apply for the Women's RGC and Women's SPI Course via your My AMGA and complete the essay application and check off both of those programs.
Yes, all programs will offer scholarships but the amounts will differ depending on the course. Additionally, please note that our scholarships are through a reimbursement process.
You can apply for programs and submit information such as WFR Course registration to demonstrate that you will fulfill those requirements by the time of your course. Please note that this will not guarantee that your application will be considered if there are other pre-requisites that are not met.
Applications are never reviewed first come first serve. Rather, once the application deadline comes we review all applications for that period in bulk and offer spots to the most competitive candidates. Our review committee evaluates applications anynomously.
Citizenship does not impact acceptance into programs, however, AMGA does not have the ability to help with international travel requirements and we always need to note that depending on where you are coming from the training may or may not be recognized in your home countries. ie. if you take a course in the United States, the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (or other applicable association) may still require you to do an equivalency test or perhaps even take their full entry-level program etc.
Every year we have scholarships available for Mountain Guide Programs. Scholarships are normally open in May, awarded in August, and available for the following program year. To see the list of scholarships and how to apply please visit: https://amga.com/scholarships/