Mountain Guides training course

This year's edition of the Mountain Guides' training course took place in the Gran Paradiso National Park (Aosta Valley) in April, organized by the Interregional Committee of the Italian Mountain Guides Association.

Mario Dibona, a Dolomiti SkiRock Mountain Guide, took part in the event as Italian National Instructor and contributed to the training and evaluation of the aspiring guides' athletic and technical skills, safety-related competencies and overall professionalism.

Both instructors and participants spent six challenging but worthwhile days among the highest peaks and glaciers of the Alps, at an elevation of over 4000 metres.

How to become a professional Mountain Guide

The path to becoming a professional Mountain Guide and a Mountaineering, Climbing and Ski mountaineering Instructor is very long and demanding.

The training process begins after the aspiring mountain guides have passed the qualifying examination and lasts four years, split into two main training periods:

  • at the end of the first one, the aspiring mountain guides obtain the title of Apprentice Mountain Guide,
  • then, after the second training period, they are officially proclaimed UIAGM-IFMGA Certified Mountain Guides.

At the end of the training process, the Mountain Guide has to prove his/her excellent skills in guiding groups of people and individuals in rock climbing, ice climbing and mixed terrain ascents, ski mountaineering excursions and off-piste skiing descents.

The Mountain Guides, together with the Ski Instructors, are the only professionals of the mountain sports and outdoor activities, as stated by the Italian legislation, law n. 6 of 2 Jannuary 1989, "Definition and organization of the professional body of the Mountain Guides".

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