11 - 16 Nov 2024 6 days open

Participants may be assessed on any topic of the Alpine Trekking Guide syllabus at any stage of the course and will be required to teach and supervise revision sessions and practical exercises.

It is expected that only minimal training will need to be given in any topic.

An Alpine Trekking Guides Course may include participants at Level 1 and Level 2. Level 2 participants are expected to have a sound knowledge of alpine trekking guiding techniques and to be able to teach the techniques to participants on their Level 1 Course.

Level 2 participants will be assessed on their:

  • General Alpine Trekking guide skills.
  • Application and teaching of Alpie Trekking guiding techniques in a lead guide role.
  • Leadership roles in team situations and ability to provide quality feedback to other course participants.



NZMGA LogoOn successfully passing an Alpine Trekking Guide Level 2 Course and ratification by the Technical Subcommittee, the participant attains the status of NZMGA Alpine Trekking Guide.

To be allocated a place on an Alpine Trekking Guide Level 2 Course, you must have met the following criteria:

A written record or logbook must be presented on application as proof that experience and supervision requirements have been met.

  • Current PHEC qualification (40 hours).
  • Paid a deposit of $500 to the NZMGA.
  • Current financial membership of NZMGA or other IFMGA membership country.
  • This six day-course will take place in either autumn or spring in a mix of minor glaciated and non glaciated alpine terrain.



Client care
Subtotal 150
1 Trip preparation and planning 10
2 Communication with client 10
3 Route selection 20
4 Terrain analysis 20
5 Pace setting 10
6 Cooking and camp management 10
7 Shelters and bivouacs 10
8 Application of guiding technique 10
9 Group management 10
11 Client control 20
12 Client safety 20


 Subtotal 190
Personal skills and knowledge
13 General mountain movement 10
14 Fitness and stamina 10
15 Professionalism and personal appearance 10
16 Personal equipment 10
17 Reaction under stress 10
18 Leadership and decision making 10
19 Rope handling 10
20 Rock scrambling (grade 8 maximum) 10
21 Belays on rock (simple) 10
22 Snow and ice climbing 10
23 Step cutting 20
24 Belays on ice including anchors 10
25 Navigation 10
26 Snow safety skills 20
27 Mountain weather 10
28 Nature and environment 20


For ATG the emphasis is not on being an outdoor educator but being able to deliver instruction to clients on things like putting on harness, self arrest, walking on snow etc.
Subtotal 50
31 Speech and contact with students 10
32 Structure of the lesson 10
33 Site selection 10
34 Support material and demonstration 10
35 Ability to motivate 10


Search and Rescue
36 Improvised cliff rescue 10
37 Crevasse extraction 20
38 Stretchers 10
40 Accident Site Management 10
Subtotal 50


Mandatory non-assessment topics
These topics must be covered in a discussion format
- Radio use
- Aircraft safety
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- NZMGA Harassment Policy
- NZMGA Accident Investigation Policy
- NZMGA Terrain, Supervision and Professional Guidelines


Trainers/assessors will give a written summary with comments and recommendations.

Important information before you attend this course:

Technical Syllabus Analysis of Topics Assessment Advice Assessment and Certification