Guide Training

Personal commitment
Mountain guiding is a serious profession. Before you consider guide training you will have served a personal apprenticeship in the mountains for a minimum of three years, and be skilled in your chosen pursuit.

A guide should take pleasure in the beauty of the mountains and wish to share that beauty with others.

You should accept risk while striving to reduce it by total awareness of the mountain environment. A guide, by definition, will show a spirit of goodwill to all other mountain users.

Guiding is not a nine to five job. It is a way of life.

Categories of Guides:

NZMGA recognises four pathways of New Zealand guides –  IFMGA Mountain Guide, NZMGA Ski Guide, NZMGA Climbing Guide and NZMGA Hard Ice Guide leading to NZMGA AlpineTrekking Guide.

The programme must meet the international standards of the IFMGA.

The Training and Certification Programme is the Association’s foundation for professional mountain guides.
Its objectives are to offer those who work or wish to work as professional guides in the mountains a practical training programme and an international standard of certification.

Through certification, the programme promotes accepted standards for movement on snow, ice and rock in the core disciplines of trekking, climbing and skiing. Generic to all disciplines are the skills and knowledge required of guides as independent leaders. These include successful management of guide/client relationships, assessment and reduction of risk, avalanche hazard forcasting and emergency procedures.

Training and Certification:
Use the links at the left or page bottom to find out what is required to become one of the categories of guides.