For AMGA Professional Members seeking a Variance from the Scope of Practice please identify and select the type of Variance below that you wish to apply for.
Please see the Scope of Practice Variance Request Process document approved by the AMGA Board of Directors on May 15th, 2022 for information on the variance process, criteria for each variance, the appeals process, and the roles and responsibilities of those involved in processing and handling applications and appeals. For specific questions reach out to the AMGA Variance Manager at [email protected]
When submitting an application, be prepared with your AMGA member number, relevant information about your employer and employment situation, as well as other supporting information as it relates to the type of variance applying for:
For individuals working at an outdoor education organization seeking a variance. Please be advised that if approved, the Individual Educational Variance will expire two years after the approval date, at which time the individual instructor or guide who still meets the criteria will be required to reapply.
Required Criteria: For an individual to obtain a variance from the AMGA Scope of Practice (SOP), the Educational Organization for whom they work must meet the following criteria:
The organization must have a comprehensive Risk Management Plan that covers at a minimum the following: Example doc
Definition of an Educational Organization:
An educational organization is defined as any organization that is not organized for profit, whose primary purpose is to educate and develop the capabilities of individuals through instruction by means of operating as a school, academy, college, university, etc., and is not a guiding business.
The Bridge Variance is a two-year “bridge period” running from July 1st, 2022 to July 1st, 2024. The bridge period recognizes those individuals who have guided/instructed continuously in a specific terrain and would grant those approved an additional two years to take AMGA training to meet the Scope of Practice (SOP) requirements. After the bridge period, any individuals granted a Bridge Variance will be required to work within the SOP.
The Guide or Instructor has worked every year in the specific terrain since prior to January 1st, 2008 as stands for Tenured Guides working for Accredited Businesses.
The Guide or Instructor can document and legally verify:
3) “Other” Variance Requests:
It is recognized that not all guiding situations may be known and that there may be situations where a guide, instructor, and/or a business believes there is a need to work outside of the Scope of Practice (SOP). Please be advised that if approved for a variance, there will be an expiration date and there may be stipulations for the variance.
Reasons not accepted for a Variance: The following is a non-exhaustive list of reasons that will NOT be accepted for a variance to SOP.