IFMGA Code of Professional Conduct
This Code of Professional Conduct outlines the roles and obligations of a Mountain Guide in the execution of his/her profession. The term Guide refers to any category of membership.
Article 1. Client’s Objectives.
Before starting an engagement, a Guide assesses the client’s level of ability, previous experience and objectives.
Article 2. Contract.
Article 3. Duty of Care.
Article 4. Environment.
Article 5. Equipment.
A Guide ensures that the client is appropriately equipped for the intended activity.
Article 6. Field of Competence.
A Guide’s Field of Competence includes all of the core mountain skills (general mountaineering, rock climbing, ice climbing and snow activities) and related activities associated with and appropriate to a Guide’s skills and training (including, for example, indoor climbing walls, rope access and canyoning)
Article 7. General Obligations.
Article 8. Identification.
Article 9. Insurance and CPD.
Article 10. Other Mountain Users.
mountain rescue, lift operators, park wardens etc.)
A Guide respects the relationship between other guides and their client
Article 11. Ratios, local customs and Regulations.
When working with clients, a Guide decides the appropriate number of participants taking into account safety, the terms of the engagement, any customs as to ratios, and any regulation or legislation observed by local guides. Where it exists, the established practice of local IFMGA Guides is followed.
Article 12. Risk.
A Guide recognises that, in mountain guiding, there is an element of variable risk
A Guide makes sure that the client is aware of any likely risks
A Guide is careful and alert
In matters of safety, all decisions are made by the Guide
A Guide rejects projects which appear too risky or which are unethical; and if working for an employer, informs the employer accordingly
Where a Guide cancels or changes a tour on safety grounds, the Guide informs the clients as soon as possible with a full explanation as to the reasons for the decision
Article 13. Rescue.
Where others are injured, a Guide’s primary responsibility is with his/her own clients. Subject to that, and where possible, a Guide helps other injured climbers and if necessary alerts Mountain Rescue.
Article 14. Snow + Avalanche and Weather Forecasts and Conditions.
Where appropriate, a Guide obtains snow + avalanche and weather forecasts
Where appropriate, a Guide assesses relevant snow + avalanche and weather conditions
A Guide establishes the condition of the proposed route/itinerary as appropriate
Article 15. Young People. When working with young people, a Guide is fully aware of relevant legislation and guidelines, and adheres to them.