The IFMGA guide is the highest level of qualification attainable by mountain professionals, and is an achievement recognised in more than 25 member countries. The IFMGA badge ensures the highest level of expertise and leadership across the disciplines of mountaineering, rock and ice climbing and backcountry skiing. All holders of the IFMGA badge have undertaken the highest level of training and assessment, this process taking about 5 years and great skill and dedication to achieve.

IFMGA means International Federated Mountain Guides Associations and is the English translation of Union Internationale des Associations de Guide de Montagne (UIAGM). All IFMGA guides hold both a badge and a card identifying them as a fully licensed and insured guide.

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