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The Hiking Guide Certificate

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assistant Hiking Guide

  • This course/exam is designed to train participants to guide day hikes and multi-day backpacking trips on and off trail in mountain terrain. Assistant Hiking Guides work under the supervision of a Hiking Guide, Alpine Guide or Mountain Guide.

Hiking Guide Certificate

  • This exam is the completion of the Hiking Guide certification. It is designed to train and certify individuals who have completed their apprenticeship as Assistant Hiking Guides. Hiking Guides are certified to guide day hikes and multi-day backpacking trips in all types of hiking terrain without supervision. This course does not include travel on permanent snow, glaciated, or scrambling terrain.

 

 

Prerequisites
  • On the courses you will be required to show that you have the skill, confidence, and personal fitness to guide clients through rugged, strenuous on- and off-trail conditions.
  • This may include travel on snow, talus, scree, meadows, and marshlands while carrying a pack on day hikes and/or multi-day hikes.
  • You must be able to care for clients while traveling and route finding.

Assistant Hiking Guide

  • A current (80hr minimum) Wilderness First Aid course
  • A current Basic CPR course
  • References who are familiar with your personal and technical background
  • A curriculum vitae which includes:
    • A description of how you have gained a good understanding of hazards related to mountain travel.
    • 30 day hikes, of which 10 should describe off trail travel in alpine terrain and a minimum of 700 metres elevation gain/loss.
    • 21 backpacking trip nights.

Hiking Guide

  • A current (80hr minimum) Wilderness First Aid course
  • A current Basic CPR course
  • An Assistant Hiking Guide Certificate with course performance evaluation form indicating a positive recommendation from the instructors to continue to the Wilderness Guide course.
  • A letter from an employer or ACMG guide confirming a minimum of 20 days professional guiding experience or a professional resume that outlines your guiding experience.
  • An update to the curriculum vitae and personal skills resume you submitted with your application to become an Assistant Hiking Guide. The update should include significant additions to original documents.

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Assistant Hiking Guide Exam

Goals:

  1. Introduce participants to the standards of professional guiding, instruction, and client care in the hiking industry including overnight travel.
  2. Assess the participants at the standard of an Assistant Hiking Guide. To provide an information exchange to better the industry of professional hiking guides.
  3. Provide direction towards the Hiking Guide program and other ACMG programs.

Format: Much of the emphasis is instructional but, as a certification program, a significant portion of the agenda is assessment and skills evaluation. The certification issued to the successful candidates is a sanctioned professional standard and will assist the candidates in finding work in the guiding and adventure travel industry.

Expectations: The following expectations are relevant on both day and overnight trips and would include (on overnight trips) campsite selection and management.

  • Demonstrate excellent physical fitness and the ability to move confidently and efficiently when traveling off trail.
  • Present an assertive attitude on safety when leading a group.
  • Demonstrate a high standard in navigating and route finding.
  • Show their ability to establish effective communication with regard to the clients' safety, comfort, and enjoyment.
  • Demonstrate a respect and care for the environment.
  • Have professional standard equipment as required for guiding hiking and backpacking trips.

Examination: Methods of assessment include asking the participants to model and demonstrate the appropriate actions of a professional guide. The course may be strenuous, and the field trips will continue with appropriate choices of routes and options in all weather and conditions.

This course does not include travel on permanent snow, glaciated, or scrambling terrain. It does not include terrain where use of hands for balance is needed (scrambling or mountaineering terrain) and does not include information regarding ocean shoreline safety.

Location and Length: 9 days. In most years courses are conducted in June and September. Location varies but Canmore AB and Pemberton BC are often used.
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Hiking Guide Exam

Goals:

  1. To introduce participants to the standards of professional guiding, instruction, and client care in the multi-day hiking industry.
  2. To assess the participants at the standard of an ACMG Hiking Guide.
  3. To provide an information exchange to better the industry of professional hiking guides.

Format: This course is designed for professional guides who are leading multi-day trips on or off established trails and in mountainous hiking terrain. This course does not include travel on permanent snow, glaciated, or scrambling terrain. The course is a combination of instruction and examination. The certification issued to successful candidates is a sanctioned professional standard for guides leading multi-day backpacking trips.

Expectations: A strong recreational hiking and backpacking background. Arrive with professional standard equipment. Please note there are evening sessions as well as the field days.

Examination: This exam week is designed to test the result of several years experience as a recreational leader on and off trails. Practice navigation (specifically map reading, taking map and field bearings, resecting (triangulation) etc.). Prepare for off trail route finding and brush up on your leadership, communication and interpretive skills prior to the course. Be prepared to hike for 5 days in succession under all weather conditions.

This course does not include travel on permanent snow, glaciated, or scrambling terrain. It does not include terrain where use of hands for balance is needed (scrambling or mountaineering terrain) and does not include information regarding ocean shoreline safety.

Location and Length: 6 days. In most years courses are conducted in September. Location varies but Canmore AB and Pemberton BC are often used.
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For more information on TRU/ACMG courses contact:

Canadian Mountain & Ski Guide Program
Thompson Rivers University
900 McGill Road
Kamloops, BC V2C 5N3
cmsg@tru.ca 
250.371.5838