ATG Level 1 Course

Alpine Trekking Guide Assessment Course
This course assesses candidates on the Guiding skills necessary to perform as an Alpine Trekking Guide.
Candidates are expected to full knowledge of the topics in the ATG syllabus and may be assessed on any topic of the ATG syllabus at any stage.
Candidates should be prepared and capable to teach and supervise revision sessions and practical exercises.
It is expected that only minimal training need to be given in any topic.
Location, timing, and length. This six day-course will take place in either autumn or spring in a mix of minor glaciated and non glaciated alpine terrain. 

Further information:
Please read the following sections of this manual before you attend this course:

Assessment on NZMGA Courses
Technical Syllabus
Analysis of Topics
Course Advice and Preliminary Information

Terrain, Supervision & Professional Guidelines

Syllabus and marking schedule

Alpine Trekking Guide

  Topic Possible
  Client Care  
1 Trip Preparation and Planning 10
2 Communication with Client 10
3 Route Selection 20
4 Terrain Analysis 20
5 Pace Setting 10
6 Cooking and Camp Management 10
7 Shelters and Bivouacs 10
8 Application of Guiding Technique 10
9 Group Management 10
11 Client Control 20
12 Client Safety 20
  Sub Total 150
  Personal Skills and Knowledge  
 13  General Mountain Movement  10
 14 Fitness and Stamina  10
 15  Professionalism/Personal Appearance  10
 16  Personal Equipment  10
 17  Reaction under Stress  10
 18  Leadership and Decision Making  10
 19  Rope Handling  10
 20  Rock Scrambling (Grade 8 maximum)  10
 21  Belays on Rock (simple)  10
 22  Snow and Ice Climbing  10
 23  Step Cutting  20
 24 Belays on Ice including Anchors  10
 25  Navigation  10
 26  Snow Safety Skills  20
 27  Mountain Weather  10
 28  Nature and Environment  20
   Sub Total  190
   Instruction for ATG the emphasis is not on being an outdoor educator but being able to deliver instruction to clients on things like putting on harness, self arrest, walking on snow etc.
 31  Speech and Contact with Students  10
 32  Structure of the Lesson  10
 33  Site Selection  10
 34  Support Material and Demonstration  10
 35  Ability to Motivate  10
   Sub Total  50
   Search and Rescue  
 36  Improvised Cliff Rescue  10
 37  Crevasse Extraction  20
 38  Stretchers  10
 40  Accident Site Management  10
   Sub Total  50
  Course Total 440

Final comments

Trainers/assessors will give a full summary with comments and recommendations.

Mandatory non-assessment topics

These topics must be covered in a discussion format
·      Radio use
·      Aircraft safety
·      Post-traumatic stress disorder
·      NZMGA Harassment Policy
·      NZMGA Accident Investigation Policy
·      NZMGA Professional, Supervision and Terrain Guidelines