IFMGA Guide Pathway
With the changes to the New Zealand Government guidelines with regards to Covid-19, the NZMGA no longer requires a Vaccine Pass for participants on courses/assessments. Participants are required to follow our pre and during course/assessment Covid-19 procedures. We will adopt guidelines as and when required by the government.
This is the highest level of qualification awarded by the NZMGA and is the only mountain guide qualification recognised throughout all IFMGA nations.
IFMGA Mountain Guides are self regulating, independent leaders and through the network of IFMGA nations, greatly enhance the public experience in mountain travel.
Only IFMGA Mountain Guides may display the carnet.
To gain IFMGA status through the NZMGA, you must meet the following requirements::
- NZMGA Ski Guide status
- NZMGA Climbing Guide status
- A minimum of three years must have elapsed since Assistant Guide status was granted
- A maximum of five years since the first, 14 Day Assessment of either Ski or Climb pathways.
Logged Experience - Climbing
The NZMGA needs to see a solid base of personal mountaineering skills, knowledge and experience from guide candidates. To apply for a place on the…Read More
Logged Experience - Skiing
To apply for a place on the Ski Guide Pathway, you must present for consideration to the NZMGA Training Officer a logbook covering a minimum of three…Read More
Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Certificate (PHEC)
This advanced outdoor first aid qualification is recognised by New Zealand outdoor education and adventure tourism providers. During the 5-day…Read More
New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management - Level 5
This course provides the first level of professional training available, enabling participants to work in all sectors of the avalanche…Read More
IFMGA Pathway Application
To apply for a place on the IFMGA Pathway, you must present for consideration to the NZMGA Training Officer a mountaineering resume for both climbing…Read More
Entry into Training Phase
Snow and Ice Guide Training Course
This guides' training course is to take solid amateur mountaineering skills and knowledge and teach the candidate how to change/modify techniques…Read More
Technical Rock Exam
A Pass in this Examination is a Pre-requisite to the Rock Guiding Training Course. It is a Pass/Fail examination.
This is an assessment of technical…
Technical Ski Exam
A Pass in this Examination is a Pre-requisite to the Ski Guiding Training Course. It is a Pass/Fail examination.
This is an assessment of personal…
Rock Guide Training Course
This guides training course is to take solid amateur rock crag and alpine rock skills and knowledge as a basis to teach candidates how to…Read More
Ski Guide Training Course
This guides training course is to take solid amateur backcountry ski touring skills and knowledge and teach the candidate how to change/modify…Read More
Level 1 Climbing Assessment Course
This course combines teaching and assessment. It assesses your potential to be a Climbing Guide.
A Climbing Guides Course may include participants…
Level 1 Ski Assessment Course
Participants will be assessed on their personal ski touring, ski mountaineering, skiing ability, and rope rescue techniques. Participants will be…Read More
Assistant Guide Status
Climbing Guide Apprenticeship
To be allocated a place on a Climbing Guides Level 2 Course, you must have met the following criteria:
Have Assistant Climbing Guide…
Ski Guide Apprenticeship
To be allocated a place on a Ski Guide Level 2 Course, you must have met the following criteria:
Have Assistant Ski Guide status.
New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management - Level 6
This course replaces the Diploma in Avalanche Studies (which incorporated Stage 2) from 2019
Providing the highest level of professional training…
Level 2 Climbing Assessment Course
Participants may be assessed on any topic of the Climbing Guide syllabus at any stage of the course and will be required to teach and supervise…Read More
Level 2 Ski Assessment Course
Participants may be assessed on any topic of the Ski Guide syllabus at any stage of the course and will be requred to teach and supervise revision…Read More