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AMGA Accreditation

Established in 1986, the AMGA Accreditation Program endorses guide services, climbing programs, and/or school or university outdoor programs that offer climbing instruction, guided climbing, or skiing services. Accreditation provides a consistent standard for judging the reliability and professionalism of a climbing service by ensuring it:

  • Conforms to industry standards;
  • Guarantees rigorous and uniform guide training;
  • Is compliant with state and federal law;
  • Promotes ethical business practices.


  • Businesses are committed to high technical standards, strong programs, and a quality staff of engaged and engaging climbing instructors and guides;
  • Businesses have AMGA certified guides and climbing instructors on staff.
  • Businesses encourage staff members to pursue AMGA certification, provide mentoring, and support staff through the AMGA training and certification process.
  • Accredited businesses conduct annual terrain specific trainings utilizing AMGA certified staff members.