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Required Medical & Avalanche Certification

Medical Certifications

You must have the following certifications for all Mountain Guide Programs:

  • A current 80-hour minimum Wilderness First Responder Certification or higher certification
  • A current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification

Avalanche Certification

AMGA accepted Level II Avalanche Certification (required for the Ski Guide Course, Alpine Guide Course, Ice Instructor Course and Advanced Alpine Guide Course). Make sure the Level II course you take is approved by AIARE, AAI, CAA so that you meet the prerequisites for taking a Level III course.

  • AIARE or AAI Level II Certification
  • American Avalanche Association Level II Course Completion Certificates from 2006 or later
  • Canadian Avalanche Association Level I (CAA 1) Certification

AMGA accepted Level III Avalanche Certification (required for the Advanced Ski Guide Course, Ski Guide Exam, and Alpine Guide Exam):

  • AIARE Level III Certification from 2006 or later
  • American Avalanche Institute (AAI) Level III Certification from 2010 or later
  • Canadian Avalanche Association Level II (CAA II) Certification