American Mountain Guides Association

Alpine Ascents International is accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association.

The American Mountain Guide Association is a non-profit organization that seeks to represent the interests of American mountain guides by providing support, education, and standards. The AMGA accreditation program has been developed for guiding programs, schools and services. Certification in specific disciplines by the AMGA is the international standard for individual guides. The AMGA is this country’s only organization to offer a comprehensive training and certification program for mountain guides that is recognized by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA).

The Accreditation program is a voluntary means of quality assurance and peer evaluation focusing on international standards for guided climbing, mountaineering, and skiing. Accreditation examines such things as operating guidelines, access, permits, insurance, employment and business practices, and guide training. AMGA accreditation is not an in-depth evaluation of a company’s guides or their individual skills. It constitutes a general business review. Accreditation provides a consistent and meaningful standard by which to judge the reliability and professionalism of a climbing service. It informs the general public and land managers that a program utilizes guides who are certified and that all guides in the program have received formal training appropriate to the terrain they guide.

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