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Mountain Guide
The Mountain Guide Certification

The Mountain Guide Program consists of three (3) Certification Streams. Completion of both the Alpine Guide and Ski Guide certification automatically grants you the the Mountain Guide Certification. The certification provides you with the skills and techniques necessary to carry out any mountain based activity in any terrain.

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Mountain Guides hold the highest internationally recognised qualification for instruction and guiding in rock and ice climbing, mountaineering and backcountry skiing and touring - the coveted IFMGA badge. This badge, recognised throughout the mountain world, is a guarantee of professional training and competence in all aspects of mountaineering and client care.

Specialty Guide

The completion of any of the following certifies you as a Specialty Guide with specific terrain limitations.

  • Rock Guide Certification
    Rock Guides specialise in climbing instruction and guiding on technical rock. This includes long, multi-pitch routes; sport-climbs; and top-rope climbs on terrain where no glaciation and no permanent or seasonal snow or ice exists. The Apprentice Rock Guide segment of this certification is also part of the Alpine Guide Certification.
  • Alpine Guide Certification
    Alpine Guides specialise in alpine, rock, and waterfall ice climbing terrain .
  • Ski Guide Certification
    Ski Guides specialise in ski touring, ski mountaineering, and helicopter/snowcat ski guiding, including ascents of non-technical peaks as part of a trip.

Completion of both the Alpine Guide and Ski Guide certifications automatically grants you the Mountain Guide Certification.

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