History of IFMGA

The IFMGA was founded in 1965 by Italy, France, Austria and Switzerland.
 
National associations joined or were suspended in the following order:
 
1969 - Germany
1973 - Canada
1976 - South Tyrol
1977 - Great Britain
1981 - New Zealand
1982 - Norway
1990 - Peru
1991 - Japan
1994 - Spain
1996 - Slovakia
1997 - Slovenia
1997 - Sweden
1997 - USA
2000 - Poland
2004 - Bolivia (First country without skiing; the ENSA in Chamonix is currently responsible for training.)
2005 - Argentina and Greece. (Greece must train for skiing and high alpine tours under supervision in the Alps)
2006 - Czech Republic
2009 - Greece’s membership is suspended due to a lack of training
2011 - The five Greek mountain guides join another national association and must attend a further education course there in order to keep their international certification
2012 - Nepal can be admitted as a member. 24 mountain guides have got the IFMGA certification.
2017 - Ecuador
 
Read here the IFMGA history in more details.