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The mandate of the ACMG is to protect the public interest in mountain travel and climbing instruction. As such, the association has a series of processes, codes and guidelines that help ensure that its members act professionally and within their certification limitations. This builds the trust of the public in ACMG members along with your personal credibility.


Choosing to become a member of a self-governing professional association such as the ACMG is not something to be taken lightly. It is a commitment that comes with many benefits, but also with significant responsibilities.

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Please read through the rest of this document before deciding whether ACMG membership is for you

Code of Conduct
All members of the ACMG must adhere to a Code of Conduct. The Code defines acceptable behaviour while you are acting in any professional ACMG capacity or promoting yourself as an ACMG member. Please take a few moments to read it here: Code of Conduct. Breach of the code may lead to a conduct review and possible sanction by the Association.

Scope of Practice
A Scope of Practice defines the limitations of one’s level of certification with respect to terrain, supervision and activities. It is a critical document that helps professionals understand how and where they may carry out their work. Please take some time to read over the section that applies to your desired certification Scope of Practice as it will help ensure that you choose the right stream for your career aspirations. For example, the Top-rope Climbing Instructor certification (TRCI) is quite limited in scope and is often misunderstood by those who believe that it allows for broader activities.

 

Professional Practice and Development
The ACMG requires that you stay current through regular practice as well as periodic training/development. This document outlines the ACMG’s expectations on remaining current: Professional Practice & CPD

Apprentice Guide Timeline
If you are planning on becoming a Rock, Ski, Alpine or Mountain Guide, after having passed any apprentice exam, you must challenge the appropriate certificate exam within 3 years or risk losing your apprentice standing. You may also challenge a specific exam a maximum of three times. If this is a certificate exam (Rock, Ski or Alpine) then you will lose your apprentice standing after the third failure. More information can be found here: Apprentice Timelines
Questions?
Don’t hesitate to contact the Executive Director at ed@acmg.ca

Eligibility

Eligibility

  • Membership in the ACMG is open to anyone who has passed one or more of the courses offered through the ACMG’s Training and Assessment Program (TAP) or through the Canadian Mountain and Ski Guide Program that used to be offered through Thompson Rivers University.
  • If you have been trained and examined by other qualified organizations, or are an IFMGA guide from a “non-ski” country you may apply for certificate equivalency through a Prior Learning Assessment Review (PLAR). Contact TAP@ACMG.CA
  • Non-profit or not-for-profit organizations that share the values and objectives of the ACMG may apply for Associate Membership. Contact ed@acmg.ca

Benefits

There are many reasons to consider membership in the ACMG

  • Professional Credibility and Representation
    As a professional guide/instructor, your voice to government and industry is amplified by being part of an association dedicated to advocating for the highest standards and best practices of mountain guiding and its related activities. In addition, your professional credibility is enhanced by belonging to a respected organization that emulates the best practices of self-regulating professions, often through the use of its recognized logos.

  • Services
    As an ACMG member, you will have access to a suite of insurance options (group liability , accident, life, critical illness, diagnostic and specialist access, travel), permits for a variety of public land agencies in Alberta and British Columbia, amazing pro deals on equipment from our vast array of partners and scholarship awards from a variety of ACMG funds.
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  • Support
    The mountain guiding community in Canada is remarkably supportive. Should you ever have an accident or run into difficulties, the Association can help with financial or advocacy matters while individual members are there for emotional and motivational support.

  • Information
    The ACMG provides its members with a plethora of information on topics such as current mountaineering techniques, mountain conditions, outdoor clothing and equipment, land access and news that involves outdoor recreation and guiding. The main venues for this information are the ACMG technical manuals, the ACMG public and member websites, frequent professional development seminars, the Arête (biannual journal) and regular e-Bulletins and e-blasts. In addition, affiliation with the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) creates a conduit for the transfer of valuable information from member countries abroad.

  • Interaction
    Although ACMG members are often geographically separated, the Association provides opportunities for them to interact at various levels. We have a Facebook page and Twitter account that allows interaction with the public. There also exists a form of e-mail-based Intranet, called the Informalex, which allows members the opportunity to share up-to-date route conditions and information, learn about employment opportunities as well as debate issues and topics of current interest. Also, the Annual General Meeting, with its associated professional development seminars and social events, is an excellent chance for face-to-face interaction.

  • Inspiration and Mentorship
    The ACMG is comprised of truly amazing people, many of whose personal and professional accomplishments are indeed remarkable. Learning from, speaking to or working with the best this industry has to offer, will only enhance your own excitement for and devotion to the guiding profession.

How to join the ACMG

New Members

If you successfully completed your first ACMG Training and Assessment program (TAP) course LESS than one year ago:

  1. E-mail the ACMG Member Services Manager at acmg@acmg.ca indicating your interest in joining and attaching a copy of your current first aid certificate:

    While e-mail is the preferred method of communication and document transfer, you may also use post:

    Association of Canadian Mountain Guides
    Box 8341
    Canmore AB T1W 2V1
    Phone: 403-678-2885
    Fax: 403-609-0070

  2. You will be allowed temporary access to the ACMG member website and be provided with instructions on how to proceed.

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If you successfully completed your first course through either the ACMG Training and Assessment Program (TAP) or through Thompson Rivers University MORE than one year ago:

Submit your application with the following three (3) items by e-mail to acmg@acmg.ca:

  1. Resume including:
    1. Any pertinent certification you have acquired since you passed your first ACMG or Canadian Mountain and Ski Guide Program (CMSG) course, including all courses/exams you have taken since your last certification was completed and that are related to your ACMG membership and current level of certification. For example: continuing education, technical refreshers, etc. DO NOT include non-guiding/instruction related training or certification. DO INCLUDE COPIES OF CERTIFICATES or other proof of attendance and certification.
    2. Any pertinent personal experience you have acquired since you passed your first ACMG or CMSG course. Providing copies of activity logs or a resume-style list is strongly recommended, this is especially important if you have not been actively working as a guide or instructor. List only that experience which is related to your level of ACMG certification. DO NOT include non-guiding/instruction related personal experience. For example, list hiking, backpacking, climbing, skiing, etc. but do not list cycling trips, fishing, hunting, etc.
    3. Any pertinent professional experience you have acquired since you passed your first ACMG or CMSG course. If you've been working at jobs that are related to your certification, a log or resume of that work will be required. A letter from an employer would be valuable if you were working for someone; this letter should confirm your period of employment and what kind of work you have done. DO NOT include non-guiding/instruction related professional experience.
  2. Copy of your current valid First Aid Certificate (see First Aid Courses)

    First Aid Overview

    The ACMG does not run these programs but rather relies on outside course providers.

    • For the Mountain Guide and Hiking Guide Programs an Advanced Wilderness First Aid course with a minimum of 80 hours is required. Although wilderness courses are preferred, Occupational First Aid Level 3 is also accepted.

    • The Climbing Instructor Programs require a Standard First Aid Course. These courses usually run over a two-day period (minimum 16 hrs), combining theory and practical sessions to provide the basis for dealing with traumatic and medical emergencies.

    Advanced Wilderness First Aid

    An Advanced Wilderness First Aid course with a minimum 80 hours is required. Courses from the following partial list of providers have proven adequate in the past. Contact the ACMG Training and Assessment Program office if you are uncertain about other programs.

    • Alberta Health and Safety Training Institute
      125 3510 29th Street NE Calgary AB T1Y7E5
      Phones 1.888.670.5406, 403-670-5406, fax 1-866-202-1822
      info@safetyed.ca, www.safetyed.ca
    • Canadian Institute of Safety Search and Rescue Advanced First Aid
      Box 6151, Cochrane AB TOL OW0 Phone 403-932-3689
    • Outdoor Emergency Care Program - National Ski Patrol
      NSP National Office 133 South Van Gordon Street, Suite 100 Lakewood, CO 80228
      http://www.nsp.org/nsp_programs/oec.aspx
    • Pacific Alpine Institute
      102-4369 Main Street, Suite #997, Whistler, B.C. V0N 1B4 Phone 604 938-7846
      www.pacificalpineinstitute.com
    • Peak Emergency Response Training
      1717 Beach Grove Road South Delta, BC V4L 1P4
      778.899.7325, admin@peakemergencytraining.com, www.peakemergencytraining.com
    • Remote Medical International
      3400 Harbor Ave SW. Suite 344 Seattle, WA 98116
      206.686.4878 Toll Free: 800.597.4911 info@remotemedical.com, www.remotemedical.com
    • Rescue Dynamics
      5109 -17 A Ave. NW, Edmonton AB T6L 1K51
      780-461-5040 rescuedynamicsinfo@telusplanet.net, www.rescuedynamics.ca
    • Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine Inc.
      9 Manyhorses Close, Redwood Meadows, AB T3Z 1A1
      Phone/Fax 403-949-2632 adventuremedic@nucleus.com, www.adventuremed.ca
    • Sirius Wilderness Medicine
      2685 rue Rolland, suite 303, Ste-Adèle, QC J8B 1C9
      Phone 514.509.2112, Toll free 877.982.0066, Fax 514.509.2123
      email: info@siriusmed.com www.siriusmed.com
    • Slipstream Wilderness First Aid
      #403 110-174 Wilson Street, Victoria, BC, V9A 7N7
      1-800-760-3188 email: info@wildernessfirstaid.ca, web: www.wildernessfirstaid.ca
    • Wilderness Alert Safety Training & Products
      Box 95050 Vancouver BC V6P 6V5
      Phone 604-263-1432 or 1-800-298-9919 email:
      info@wildernessalert.com, web: www.wildernessalert.com
    • Wilderness Medical Associates, Canada
      106- 1100 Main St. W., Hamilton ON L8S 1B3
      Phone toll free 1-877-945-3633, 905-524-5531 web www.wildmed.ca
    • Wilderness Medical Consultants
      Box 64 - 512-9th St South, Golden, BC V0A 1H0
      Toll free 1-888-344-4755, 250.344.4755 web www.wildernessmedicalconsultants.ca
      info@wildernessmedicalconsultants.ca

    Standard First Aid and CPR Course

    These courses usually run over a two-day period (minimum 16 hrs), combining theory and practical sessions to provide the basis for dealing with traumatic and medical emergencies.
    The ACMG does not run these programs but rather relies on outside course providers. Programs from the following, partial list have proven acceptable in the past. Please contact the ACMG Training and Certification program office if you have any questions.

    Web info:

    Explore these sites to find information and contact numbers to find a course near you:

    St Johns Ambulance

    Red Cross First Aid Programs

    Red Cross Wilderness First Aid

    You can also check the Advanced First Aid Providers. Some of them may offer Standard First Aid.



  3. Recommendation DIRECTLY TO US from an ACMG member in good standing
    Request that a signed and dated reference be sent directly to the ACMG; forward the following parameters to whichever member in good standing you approach to recommend you for membership.

    The recommendation for membership should cover:

    • How long and in what capacity you have known the applicant
    • Comments on the applicant’s integrity, good character, capability as a guide or instructor, and technical currency

The recommendation must either be sent directly to the ACMG as a signed, dated letter (by e-mail attachment or post) or in the body of an e-mail sent from you (the recommender, not the applicant), directly to the ACMG using the email address on record in the member site.

e-mail: acmg@acmg.ca
post: ACMG Box 8341, Canmore AB T1W 2V1

Initial payment
Once your application is received, you will be contacted by the ACMG Member Services Manager instructing you on the amount and the process for your initial non-refundable payment. Your membership application will not proceed until all of the above have been received by the ACMG.

Technical Review
Once we have received your application, it will be forwarded to the Technical Committee for consideration. One of the following rulings will then be made:

  • Join without further requirements.
  • Require some measure of training or upgrading before joining.
  • Require some measure of re-certification before joining.

The Technical Committee are volunteers and active guides so this process can take several weeks before you get an answer. If you want your membership request rushed for some reason, please forward the information requested above at your earliest opportunity, explain the urgency, and your request may be expedited, if possible.

Dues and Fees
Once the technical review is completed and you have met any requirements set by the Technical Committee, you will be required to pay all mandatory dues and fees assessed to members of the same category for the current calendar year.

Reinstatement

Reinstatement is the process by which people who had been ACMG members at one time apply to regain professional membership.

If you have been a non-member for less than 1 year
  1. Send your request for reinstatement to acmg@acmg.ca

  2. E-mail or mail a copy of your current, valid first aid certificate

  3. You will receive notice of your next steps and the required payment

  4. Payments include: dues, administrative fee, outstanding balances

 

If you have been a non-member for 1 year or longer

If you have been a non-member for 1 year or longer, it is important for us to assess your level of currency in order to determine whether any re-training is required. We will look at your recent activities, your first aid certification and recommendations from active ACMG members. The process can be a little complex so please contact us at acmg@acmg.ca and we will guide you through the hoops.

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IFMGA/UIAGM Foreign Guides

 

IFMGA Guides
IFMGA/UIAGM Guides wishing to join the ACMG, or to bring clients to Canada, should contact the ACMG Main Office for details on the process.

For foreign guides intending to ski in Glacier National Park (Rogers Pass), the Winter Permit System has been translated into German, French, Italian and Spanish:


Main Office: acmg@acmg.ca

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